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Alex Bobalex
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Ok, so I recently had a game night with a friend and since he won big at the casino the night before, he gave me $900 to buy him a bunch of board games. He enjoyed chinatown, machi koro, and agricola and told me to get whatever i wanted. I don't even know where to start? Can someone help please =)

I have cry havoc, codenames, and the great dinosaur rush in the cart at the moment and got paperback from fowler games.

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You are in a position to buy / order the game you've most wanted. Take the $100, buy what game you most want, bank the remaining $800. My advise is don't get carried away.
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Kingdom Death: Monster with all expansions?
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What a great problem to have. Here's the list I compiled in a few minutes. I tried to pick games from different genres as well has different player counts and play times. This list should give your friend a great mix of games that range from friendly to complex long to short. My entire list costs less than 900 bucks on Amazon which should cover tax and shipping.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 47.00 Sub in base pandemic for a co-op if you don't think you can get enough people together to play the full game.
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization 63.00 probably the best civ game on the market
Terra Mystica 56.00 Fantastic Mid weight Euro
Castes of Burgundy 29.19 Light to Mid Weight Euro
7 Wonders Duel 25.00 A great two player filler
Power Grid 30.00 Fantastic Economic game
Zolk'in: The Mayan Calendar 36.00 on Mid to Heavy Euro
7 Wonders 31.00 Big Group Game
Orleans: 39.00 Bag Building Light Euro
Concordia 45.00 Area Control Euro Economic/ Card Manipulation
Dominion Second Edition 37.00 Everybody should have at least one deck builder
Sycthe 80.00 Light Area Control Euro
Viticulture 52.00 Light Worker Placement
Suburbia 40.00 City Building Game
kemet 61.00 One of the best Skirmish games out there
Jaipur 15.00 Fantastic light 2 player filler
Spelndor 30.00 3-4 player filler
Le Havre 95.00 You said he liked Agricola so this should be right up his alley. Mid Weight Euro
Memoir 44 50. Light War Game
Ticket to Ride: Europe 30.00 Light 4-6 Player Game
Code Names 13.00 party Game
Deception Murder in Hong Kong 40.00 Social Deduction Game
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I'd +1 Gary's suggestion. Buy it one or two pieces at a time instead of trying to spend it as fast as you can. Look into one game you are interested in, explore the purchase, and then pick it up. If you bought $900 in games today, you'd spend the next year trying to learn and play them, might as well spread out the purchase so that you can make more educated decisions.
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Have I read this wrong, but didn't the OP say he was given $900 to buy his friend a bunch of games? (Maybe it's a typo?)

If it is for himself (the OP) then what a wonderful windfall. If that were me I would be in wonderland choosing $900 worth of games.
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If he doesn't care...

Just see how far down BGG rankings you get...

Walk into a FLGS and pickup whatever looks pretty...

Say you bought everything from eBay at hugely inflated prices and keep the difference...

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Arydis4 wrote:
I'd +1 Gary's suggestion. Buy it one or two pieces at a time instead of trying to spend it as fast as you can. Look into one game you are interested in, explore the purchase, and then pick it up. If you bought $900 in games today, you'd spend the next year trying to learn and play them, might as well spread out the purchase so that you can make more educated decisions.


It depends on his friend. I work in sales where windfalls of cash is pretty common so I know the guy that drops a G on board games because he wants to drop a G on board games. He wants that collection he can just pick from and learn when he wants and not have to go through the trouble of sorting through stuff down the road. That said, if you think he's making a mistake here, just buy a couple hundred dollars worth of stuff and toss him back half. If he asks you to keep it then keep it. If he asks for it back then give it to him.
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LINCSANDWINKS wrote:
You are in a position to buy / order the game you've most wanted. Take the $100, buy what game you most want, bank the remaining $800. My advise is don't get carried away.
Nice win.

You do realise he's got the 900 bucks to buy games for his friend, right? Would be kinda mean stealing 800 and only buying a game for 100. ;)


Since I'm pretty "meh" about Machi Koro and have neither played Agricola nor Chinatown I don't feel like I can be too much help here. Maybe you could give a bit more info - will you two be playing those games together? Will other people join you?

I'd recommend Harbour in any case, as it's a fun game I have been able to enjoy with my super casual gaming friends as well as the hardcore gamers. It's also the first game I've never won at but had TONS of fun with anyway.

If you're into deck building I'd try one of the Legendary games (if you're into competitive games) or one of the Legendary Encounters games (which are more co-op focused). Since there is multiple themed versions (Marvel, Big Trouble in Little China, Alien vs Predator, Firefly) I'm sure you'll find something that both you and your friend like among these. :)


Personally, I'd use the money to get Heroes Wanted & Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game as these have such high price tags I'd never purchase them normally. 8) Or yes, you could go for something silly expensive like Kingdom Death: Monster.
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eatem wrote:
Kingdom Death: Monster with all expansions?
He's going to need another spin at the roulette wheel...

Pete (shudders)
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eatem wrote:
Kingdom Death: Monster with all expansions?


I think you mean 'some of' the expansions.

edit: ninja'd by Pete
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ooooohh how about this idea, tell this to a FLGS and tell them to recommend all they can with a $150 budget and if the games they recommend are hits you'll come back and do it again.
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I mean, I think we can all probably agree that buying 900$ worth of board games for a friend that just started is a terrible idea. You can't even play that many games, just buy them a batch at a time so they can get a feel for what they like!

But damn I am having a fun time imagining what I'd buy with 900$...
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I think it's great how you specifically state that your friend asked you to buy him some games, and several responders are suggesting you bank the cash for yourself...
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pedro_ak wrote:

Say you bought everything from eBay at hugely inflated prices and keep the difference...


Wow, you're a good friend.
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MrAaronSA wrote:
I mean, I think we can all probably agree that buying 900$ worth of board games for a friend that just started is a terrible idea. You can't even play that many games, just buy them a batch at a time so they can get a feel for what they like!

But damn I am having a fun time imagining what I'd buy with 900$...


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I'm with Aaron on this one. I would NOT buy $900 in games all at once. Most will end up unplayed, or he'll figure out he doesn't like certain styles and he'll end up regretting the purchase.

Fine, spend a couple hundred and pick up a nice starting collection. Play them with your friend and let him get a better idea of what kind of games work for him. THEN buy a few more. Do that until the funds run out.

This way, the collection grows, hopefully with games he will like. Keep doing that until the funds run out, or if he decides he's got enough, give him back the rest of the money.

If he's that new to board games that he is leaving the decisions up to you, I would suggest you go with a few classics and take it from there. Games such as Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Catan, Splendor, Alhambra, etc. Consider Spiel winners for your initial purchase. THEN move to others, based on your friend's feedback.

Have fun!
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emodiu5 wrote:
pedro_ak wrote:

Say you bought everything from eBay at hugely inflated prices and keep the difference...


Wow, you're a good friend.


/sarcasm (its very much a British thing), although I'm sure there are plenty of threads debating the morality of a question like that...
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LOL at all the responses! To be more clear, he wanted me to spend the full $900 and keep the games at my place. Essentially, the games will be his but will be at my place at all times.

I was contemplating going down the BGG list, but I think most of the top games are a bit too heavy and would be tough for him to learn and enjoy, hence I really like your list, Nick Krause! I also like your idea, Aaron, but i think he also just wants to expand my collection and isn't the patient methodical type, hence I'm going to drop the full $900 right away.

I also just spoke to him in regards and he told me he prefers "expensive games" like antiquity, takenoko collectors, glory to rome, any game with really nice components, etc, over a bulk amount of games. I really like Harbour too, i'm putting that on the list =)
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First, tell him you are going to use a tiny bit of the money to support BGG as a patron!

Second--I know I am going to get flack for this--but your friend doesn't sound like a very financially responsible person. It's not just going to a casino, or taking the winning amount and spending in a single rush, but not even caring enough to personally pick out the games and patiently build a collection. That is a sign of a highly impulsive person.

People with that trait can be generous and fun; their risk-taking nature can lead to wonderful inventions. The downside is that they can also end up in debt, full of regrets, with a house layered in cast-off enthusiasms that dried up.

Yes, it's his money, and yes, spending it on games is better than on drugs or whatever, but as a friend, you can help him spend it s l o w l y.
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I also just spoke to him in regards and he told me he prefers "expensive games"


Oh, definitely Kingdom Death: Monster then.
 
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If it is a blind draw (Meaning that he has no favorite types of games) I would simply start at the top of the BGG list and work my way down, eliminating any games that don't make sense (i.e. he already has it or you know he doesn't like it) until you run out of cash. Not looking at the list, I would think that you could probably purchase ~ the top 20 - 25 of them or so.
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emodiu5 wrote:
zutman888 wrote:
I also just spoke to him in regards and he told me he prefers "expensive games"


Oh, definitely Kingdom Death: Monster then.

I don't think $900 is enough.
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Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 47.00 Sub in base pandemic for a co-op if you don't think you can get enough people together to play the full game.
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization 63.00 probably the best civ game on the market
Terra Mystica 56.00 Fantastic Mid weight Euro
Castes of Burgundy 29.19 Light to Mid Weight Euro
7 Wonders Duel 25.00 A great two player filler
Power Grid 30.00 Fantastic Economic game
Zolk'in: The Mayan Calendar 36.00 on Mid to Heavy Euro
7 Wonders 31.00 Big Group Game
Orleans: 39.00 Bag Building Light Euro
Concordia 45.00 Area Control Euro Economic/ Card Manipulation
Dominion Second Edition 37.00 Everybody should have at least one deck builder
Sycthe 80.00 Light Area Control Euro
Viticulture 52.00 Light Worker Placement
Suburbia 40.00 City Building Game
kemet 61.00 One of the best Skirmish games out there
Jaipur 15.00 Fantastic light 2 player filler
Spelndor 30.00 3-4 player filler
Le Havre 95.00 You said he liked Agricola so this should be right up his alley. Mid Weight Euro
Memoir 44 50. Light War Game
Ticket to Ride: Europe 30.00 Light 4-6 Player Game
Code Names 13.00 party Game
Deception Murder in Hong Kong 40.00 Social Deduction Game

I think Nicholas has provided a legit starting point here. I might think twice about getting Terra Mystica right off the bat, and might sub in Caverna instead of Le Havre. And I might suggest tossing in a few "Ameritrash" titles depending on his thematic tastes (Cthulhu? Star Wars? Lord of the Rings? Zombies? Vikings? etc.)
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