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Des Lee
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For our upcoming holiday in the states, we're going on a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean, and for a bit of fun we are participating in what's called a "Fish Extender" program, which is basically a gift exchange list. There's 20 cabins on each list so we have to compile gifts for 19 other cabins/families. Now I have some ideas for things to give out (mostly Australian treats to shock and entertain our new American friends), but I'm considering putting in a small game as well. Share a bit of gaming love.

My first thought would be Love Letter. I can get them for around the $7 mark at Cardhaus or similar, and it's sort of thematic as well with the princess thing on a Disney cruise. It's small, super-simple to teach and play, and suitable for the small families who would be on the ship with us.

Does anyone have any other ideas that might suit? It has to be small, cheap (preferably no more than about $7-8 per game) and family-friendly.
 
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The Gamewright games, such as Sleeping Queens, are not bad games for kids and family. For slightly more money, you could consider Sushi Go! or even Star Realms.
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Rory's Story Cubes are excellent family games. It's more of an activity, but it does inspire creative story telling.

There is also Cardline: Animals for some light education.
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Spot It

You get several more games, and likely better, if you go up to $12-14. But, consider PNP. PNP can let you convert crafting time into $, and some PNP games are quite good.
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There's always

Fluxx

with all its different variations and more fun with more people !
 
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If you're anticipating some of the receiving families will have smaller kids, check out LOOT. It's moderately interesting for grown ups to play (though not nearly so much as LOVE LETTER), but our younger was playing LOOT at 4 (though not always getting the strategy, having fun nonetheless).
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+1 SET
+1 Love Letter
+1 Spot It
+1 Fluxx (Cartoon Network version maybe?)

or...

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Liars Dice (Target had a 9.99 version, 4 cups and 4 sets of dice. Maybe there is no Target in Australia.)
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I vote for Love Letter or Sushi Go. Both small, cheap and great.
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Some variant of Werewolf maybe? Should be cheap enough, and it's small, could cultivate a nice, large gaming experience on board?? Have fun!

CoinAge-- 5 bucks, two player, fun, portable, awesome.
 
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Thanks guys - great ideas.

What I might actually do is select 5-7 different games and put them in the gifts, along with an open invitation to sit down and have me teach them the game. My way of getting in some gaming by stealth (we are on holidays for 5 weeks, and I'll miss several of my regular gaming sessions)
 
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I can also recommend the Gamewright games and they can be found pretty cheap
 
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Love Letter is pretty accessible. If you want to punch it up a bit you could go with Lost Legacy: Flying Garden or Lost Legacy: The Starship.

Depending on the expected ages of the kids, I've found No Thanks! to be pretty popular with everyone I've introduced it to, whether relatively new to gaming or seasoned gamers.

One problem with Star Realms is that it is limited to 2 players unless you get a second set.

Coup can handle more players if you can find it cheap and want a bluffing game.

Edited to add:
Oh! depending on when you are going, the boardgamegeek store has some travel edition games, some Knizias for example, in your price range: http://boardgamegeekstore.com/collections/games
 
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