Price-Per-Piece Ratio
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Have you ever wondered if a game was a good deal or not? Hey hey hey hey .... I HAVE A NEARLY USELESS BUT PERHAPS INTERESTING IDEA! Instead of judging a game by the quality, amount of innovation and creativity, hours of necessary playtesting, and other difficult-to-quantify measures, let's price out our favorite games on a PRICE-PER-PIECE RATIO.

Here's how it works: Take the total price of a given game and divide it by its number of pieces. You get a price-per-piece number! Let's do a survey and see if we can tease out some interesting trends . . . .

What counts as a piece? For our purposes, everything but the holder/tray, any advertising materials and catalogs, and the box itself. Rulebook? One piece! Fun book of facts-n-figures almost unrelated to the game (alla Imperial)? One piece! Six player aid cards? Six pieces! You get the idea.

PLEASE add your favorite games, games you'd find interesting, or other top games if you'd like. . . go ahead!

And if you know of other lists that accomplish this same end, please post them in the comments! Thank you!
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26. Board Game: War in the Pacific (second edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:5076]
Wayne Renaud
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Kingston
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Okay, I'm curious about this one, now. Roughly 9000 counters, 7 strategic maps, 338 island maps, $420.

The result? $.044 per piece. Just over four cents for a counter. Not bad.
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27. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:536]
John W
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Sacramento
California
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IIRC, Titan was $20.
There are 655 pieces

521 Large Chits:
117 small chits
1 Main board
11 Battleboards
4 dice
1 rule book

Total per piece: $.0305 = 3 cents per piece (20 years ago)
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28. Board Game: Heroscape Expansion Set: Utgar's Rage [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
P. Oka
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Fort Mitchell
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$13 a pack. Average of 6 figures a pack. That's $2.16 per figure. I can get metal minis for less.
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29. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:169]
Collin
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Just because this is one of the heavy-weight kings of bits and minis...

746 pieces at $79.95 = 0.11 per piece
Not too bad, kind of 'meh' but still worth it if you take into account the "Q" word surprise
 
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30. Board Game: The Kids of Catan [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:10700]
Michael Taylor
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Indiana
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Counting in my head I get 35 pieces for $49. That comes out to $1.40. Seems like quite a bit for a kids game.

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31. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:141] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Albert Hernandez
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Greenville
SC
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Probably my most piecy game.. Arkham Horror retails for $49.95 for 738 pieces. That comes in at a decent $0.068 per piece.
 
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32. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1230]
Albert Hernandez
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Greenville
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How expensive is wood? Wizard Kings brings 65 pieces @ 49.95. That comes out to a whopping $0.768 a piece. Note that I counted each block and sticker as one piece as they need to be assembled to play. If you count them separately, then it costs a mere $0.42 cents each piece.
 
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33. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1202]
Michael Bachelor
United States
Washington
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11 figurines
41 counters
5 boards
2 dice
59 Pieces for $29.99 = $0.51/Piece.

Expensive, But can you can't quantify the CUTENESS of the pieces!....
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34. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2601]
Jason Pass
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Regina
SK
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A simple deck of playing cards. I've seen them for less than $1, but we'll go with that for now. A ratio of about $1/52 = 0.019....

Mass Market FTW!
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35. Board Game: Playing With Pyramids [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:2327]
Paul Blake
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Westerville
Ohio
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Playing with pyramids, a set of rules for Icehouse Pieces (Sold separately). 1 book, ergo, 1 piece. MSRP: $11.99. Price per piece: $11.99.

Well, crud.
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36. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:724]
J.L. Robert
United States
Sherman Oaks
California
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Value and affordable! 110 cards and rules for $10.00

Bang!: $0.090/piece
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37. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:590]
J.L. Robert
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Sherman Oaks
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Despite the quibbles of "Is it good? Is it bad?", with 740 pieces for $49.95 it's still value for money:

Warrior Knights (Fantasy Flight): $0.068/piece
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38. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9757]
J.L. Robert
United States
Sherman Oaks
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How has everyone missed this one?

The current edition offers 360 figures, a 72-card deck, 5 dice, board and rulebook, all for $21.99 (MSRP).

Risk: $0.050/piece
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39. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11163]
Kristian
United States
Seattle
Washington
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28 title deeds
32 houses
12 hotels
2 dice
6 pewter pieces (may be more in some editions)
1 game board
1 instruction set
20 @ $500
20 @ $100
30 @ $50
50 @ $20
40 @ $10
40 @ $5
40 @ 1
16 chance cards
16 community chest cards

354 total pieces for a cool $10.99

= $0.03 a piece

Sorry there wasn't a 'smart-ass' version of Monopoly to put a picture up of
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40. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
John W
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Sacramento
California
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As promised, I wanted to calculate the price-per-piece for a HS Master Set. Retail was $39.95, but can regularly be gotten for $25 or less.

33 painted figures (in the Elite Onyx Vipers set)
359 pre-painted plastic hexes (if 1 chit is a piece, 1 hex should be a piece)
2 ruins
17 army cards
10 glyphs
42 markers (24 wound, 16 order, 1 grenade and 1 other)
21 dice
sticker sheet
3 rulebooks/mapbooks, IIRC

=488 pieces

$.082 per piece when at full retail price. At the recent Target $25 sale, it would have been $.051 per piece. And that's almost all pre-painted plastic - not just a little cardboard counter. Probably the best gaming value for the money in contemporary gaming.
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41. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:125]
Douglas Buel
United States
Saint Louis
Missouri
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Three Future Sight booster packs: $9.50 retail (on Amazon)

Contents: 45 cards

Total: 0.2111 per card



However, if we assume that you can do better than retail at a local store:

Three booster packs: $7.50 discounted

Contents: 45 cards

Total: 0.1666 per card
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42. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2332] [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
Ken B.
United States
Fayetteville
Tennessee (TN)
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Here's the item list:

168 Cards
Sturdy Set-Up Box
Rules



(Do they really include the BOX as a component? That's pretty funny)


$24.95...170 items...


TOTAL: 0.1467 per item
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43. Board Game: Munchkin 2: Unnatural Axe [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
Ken B.
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Fayetteville
Tennessee (TN)
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Contents:

112 Cards


Price:

$17.95


TOTAL: 0.1603 per item
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44. Board Game: Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures: War at Sea [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1363]
Mike Ellis
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Vernon
British Columbia
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Expansion runs about 15$ and comes with 5 ships. Plus 5 cards.
That's 1.50$ a piece.
Or 3.00$ per mini wich is insane.
Yet it still gets bought!
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45. Board Game: Paradice [Average Rating:4.86 Unranked]
Ivan Flack
United Kingdom
COOKSTOWN
County Tyrone
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1x Box
1 x Game Board
1 x Board Game Cover (Pyramid)
28 x Assorted Trees
4 Coloured Sprites
2 x Colorless Sprites
4 x Blue Humans
2 x Colorless Humans
1 x Circumstance Changer
1 x Mask
1 x Dice
1 x Rulebook
1 x Game DVD
TOTAL 48 Pieces


The Cost of this game is $189.00 plus shipping of $61.00 to the UK
TOTAL COST $250.00

COST PER PIECE = 250/48 = $5.20

That said I really like the look and feel of this game and it is a talking piece in the room.
 
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46. Board Game: Victory at Sea [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:4068]
Victory at Sea from Mongoose
Retail was $29.99 (iirc)
1 rulebook
296 ship counters
420 aircraft counters
15 assorted counters
Total of 732 pieces

$0.0409 per piece
 
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