The 'best' of Cheapass Games...
Jody Ludwick
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Indiana
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Forgive me if this has been posted before. I've recently come accross a few of the Cheapass Games in a local game store and was wondering what are considered the 'best' of them. I've noticed that all four games I own are designed by James Ernest. Please feel free to comment and add more Cheapass Games.
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1. Board Game: Devil Bunny Needs a Ham [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:10631]
Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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My son and I played this as soon as we got it home and have since made a copy and laminated it to put on the refrigerator in our kitchen as suggested by a comment on this board. Nice idea considering the culinary theme.
 
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2. Board Game: Nexus [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4350]
Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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I've played this just recently and enjoy its simplicity.
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3. Board Game: TimeLine [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6351]
Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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I've played this a few times recently and I 'think' I like trying to determine the commodity-path-market outcome. I'm not sure but I'm pretty sure... Needs more play. UPDATE: I 'do' like this game the more I play it.
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4. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:1698]
Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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I bought this a while ago and read throught the directions and simply wasn't impressed enough to play it. Am I wrong?
 
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5. Board Game: Camden [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2741]
Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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With the recent comments on this board, this is the game that prompted me to seek out Cheapass Games in the first place. On order. UPDATE: I really like the chance effects of fire, flood, and festival in this game. Very slick.
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6. Board Game: The Very Clever Pipe Game [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2314]
Jody Ludwick
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Thank you Aleister, I'm adding this to the list. On order. UPDATE: Great l'il game that has found a permanent place in my purse. Out with the HotWheels and action figures and in with the Hip Pocket Games.
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7. Board Game: The Big Cheese [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4670]
Lexingtonian
United States
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Massachusetts
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This and Devil Bunny Needs a Ham are my favorite Cheapass games. This game does exactly what it should. It's got an extremely clean, simple and transparent mechanism that still demands some thinking. Then you have to wait on the roll of the dice to know whether to exult or weep. It's abstract and fun at the same time. It's light and it's cute, which is maybe what suits the Cheapass style best.
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8. Board Game: U.S. Patent No. 1 [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:10632]
 
John Stimson
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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Never played this game, but thematically it seems interesting.
 
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9. Board Game: The Big Idea [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2041]
Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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I can't say enough in favor of The Big Idea. A fantastic social party game. One big problem is that you play through all the cards too quickly. When are they going to come out with an expansion for this?
 
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10. Board Game: Starbase Jeff [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3624]
Michael Van Biesbrouck
United States
Mountain View
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This game has an addictive quality, which is perfect in a gambling game with short rounds. (You don't actually wager, but money in the game is zero-sum.) Soon to be out of print. There was supposed to be a Hip Pocket edition, but it turned out that the parts would be too costly so the new edition is in limbo.
 
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11. Board Game: Diceland: Deep White Sea [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2891]
Aleister Finchley
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The Diceland games... brilliant. It's bowling/bowls played with large dice - good mix of luck, strategy, dexterity. It's the closest to playing a sport that I'll ever get.
 
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12. Board Game: Light Speed [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1731]
Mark Blanco
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Light Speed plays very quickly (hence the name), and has the non-standard mechanism of no player turns. Each player places his ships as quickly (or slowly) as they like, vying for the best position to mine the asteroid, and hopefully destroy the other player(s). This is my favorite Cheapass game, with Very Clever Pipe Game coming in second.
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13. Board Game: Steam Tunnel [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:8116]
Sarah Davis
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I think this is as good as the Very Clever Pipe Game, and maybe better since my husband hates the Pipe Game but will play Steam Tunnel with me. Quick game, easy to learn, and fun.
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14. Board Game: Safari Jack [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:10227]
Jody Ludwick
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I intended to pick this up for my son as an Easter basket goody and it simply didn't make it... played it 6 times already. One of the better Cheapass card games we own.
 
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15. Board Game: Ben Hurt [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8206]
William Baldwin
United Kingdom
Chester
Cheshire
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This is one if the Cheapass Games that you can imagine somebody tarting up and releasing as something far more expensive with beautiful parts. Plays just like an expensive game and you only paid a few dollars for it!
 
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16. Board Game: Parts Unknown [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:4901]
spmcandrews !
United States
New York
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An economic simulator where you buy and sell body parts to equip mad scientists looking to out-do Dr. Frankenstein. It runs a little long, but it's fun and clever. Now out of print.
 
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17. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:3211]
spmcandrews !
United States
New York
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Chaotic card game where the turn order can bounce around. Maybe not much strategy, but it's silly and fun. The older, out-of-print edition is much better than the newer full-color version.
 
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18. Board Game: Witch Trial [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2525]
Dean
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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I've had loads of fun with Witch Trial. If you role-play the as lawyers, it can get very zany indeed. And it's an interesting game even if you don't.
 
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