Kendall McKenzie
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So I help run the Gamers Society at my university. The trouble is, we don't actually really have any games of our own so it's limited to what people bring (which is normally me), but I'm having a bit of trouble deciding what to get, since I have different tastes from a lot of the group.

I've got a £200 budget to buy board games for the group, which means 5-8ish games that will appeal to a decent variety of people.

Currently I am definitely getting Splendor and likely to get 7 Wonders and No Thanks. Potentially looking at Ticket to Ride if I can find it cheaper than Amazon currently has it for.

I'm looking for light to medium games that fit the following:
- Not in my collection.
- No 1 or 2 player only games
- Plays in less than 2 hours or so
- In print or readily available
- Not The Resistance

Bonuses:
- plays well with more than 4
- looks great, nice pieces etc
- easy to teach & learn (I will end up learning and teaching them all...)
- appeals to video gamers & non board gamers
- negotiation and social games go over well, and anything with a traitor mechanic will be much appreciated
- strong theme
- not a super huge box (we have limited storage space)

Some games that went over pretty well:
Love Letter
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Nothing Personal
Lords of Xidit
Dixit

I know that's a lot of criteria, but please feel free to recommend something outside that if you think it would be a good fit for our collection! Thanks in advance
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Room 25 fits all of your criteria and is one of my favourite games. Easy to teach, social with traitor mechanic, small box, strong theme...
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Mark Jackson
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Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)
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Chuck Turnitsa
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I understand that sometimes it is not possible with student organization funds, but if you have some flexibility in how your funds are spent, you might be able to get more titles if you can get used copies. Also, a number of manufacturers are supportive of student clubs, so it is worth the time to write a letter and see if they can support you (with games, promo materials, etc).
 
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Try Pandemic.
 
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The Resistance.

oh wait...

Formula D
Bohnanza (this one might be the weakest on theme of the 4 I'm listing)
For Sale
Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension
 
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+1 For Sale

 
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I'd suggest involving your club members. Find some play-through/overview videos of games you might consider and ask for thoughts and feedback.

Something like Tabletop should be accessible http://geekandsundry.com/shows/tabletop
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San Juan
 
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RoboRally (Twin Tin Bots on your wishlist would scratch the same itch; I prefer Roborally)

Definitely keep looking into deals on Ticket to Ride.
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Might be a dead give-away, but:

Settlers of Catan?
Carcassonne?

Easy to learn, lots of replay-ability and accessible yet not too simple for more hardcore gamers. And as a bonus, your club can decide to get more expansions later to create more diversity when they like the game.

And yes, I also agree with RoboRally and Ticket to Ride.
 
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Airlines Europe


Alhambra


Dominion


Elder Sign


Escape: The Curse of the Temple


Ghost Stories


Lords of Vegas


Lords of Waterdeep


Machi Koro


Tajemnicze Domostwo

E Especially interesting to fans of Dixit.

Pandemic


Pergamon


San Juan (second edition)


Sheriff of Nottingham


Stone Age


Terror in Meeple City




To be honest, I ignored the requirements for bonus points, as the full list of must have + nice to have aspects is in its sum pretty restricting - but it's still great that you provided us with some guidelines.

The "easy to learn and teach"/"accessible" aspect was still considered, though, as I think that it is probably in the end the most important one here.

I hope you this will help you and you will find the right games !
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Nicola Cheney
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Try 6 nimmt- it's a card game but very small box and our game group likes it. There is a Walking Dead version in Tk max at the moment for around £8. Think it plays upto about 11 people on a couple of different modes. Fits all your criteria and most of your bonus criteria too if you went for the themed walking dead version.
 
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King of New York is great with up to 6.

If Lords of Xidit went over well, if you can find a copy of RoboRally and it may be enjoyed, or for a bit more depth VOLT: Robot Battle Arena. But i do believe those are 4 player max.

If you like 7 wonders i suggest you look at Fairy Tale

the game Zombies!!! is cheap, has a ton of replayability and expansions (once one of the right expansions is purchased you can easily play 8 players) but it is a SUPER mean spirited game.

I also highly recommend Shadow Hunters as a big team game, with 6-8 players sooooooooo amazingly good. and the version on amazon now includes the expansion.

Lastly, Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game is absolutely far and away the best game with a betrayer i have ever seen or heard of.
 
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Lords of Waterdeep is one of the best for an accessible choice that is quick, easy to learn and good replay ability.

Glory to Rome is a bit more difficult to learn, but as long as the person explaining the rules has it down, it's not that complex. It plays in an hour and supports up to 5, takes up little space and isn't too expensive.

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) would be great, but might be too long.

Kemet is my favorite free for all war game in part because there is no player elimination. It also plays fairly quickly and the different "technologies" you can acquire allows for variety and replay ability. It scales from 2-5 players well.

Star Wars: Imperial Assault and Hyperborea could also be good choices.

Keyflower is another great choice.
 
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Smash Up
Quick and easy game, awesome replay value, numerous options. I honestly can't say enough good things about this game.


Cosmic Encounter
Very very good, don't expect a balance game though, cosmic encounters is all about chaos. Very fun, quick, easy to pickup and play. Cosmic has negotiation and backstabbing in spades.
 
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