Best Bang for the Buck! The Cheapest Games per Play
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A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to find out how much it was costing me per play to play my games. The idea was to justify the games I had already bought recently (this list does not include my 'old' games) and to further justify getting more. I got the idea that if each play of a game was no more money than to rent a movie (or perhaps less for shorter games) then it was worthwhile and if it was costing more perhaps not. Of course, over time this figure continues to drop and I re-do this list in my game journal every 3 to 6 months. I figure that this way it will be easy to tell when I should stop (or at least slow down) on buying new games. Heaven forbid!cry

The prices are in Canadian dollars and obviously are based on the price I paid. I have been buying most of my games from an excellent online retailer who has become like a friend.

The cheapest games per play on this list are not necessarily played the most. These are simply the games that are either the most often requested or were the least expensive to purchase or a combination of the two. Incidentally, some of the games that are hitting the table the most are not necessarily my favorites. Some that are higher in cost per play I would dearly LOVE to play more often.

Lastly, I did not include the cost of any expansions on the following figures since the main game always has to hit the table whether its expansions are used or not. (It also helps to justify my game expenditures - we'll just say the expansions are freebies!)

What are you paying per play? If you know feel free to add.
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26. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:472]
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$1.45/play
(22 plays)

Good game! Under-rated!
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27. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:436]
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$1.48/play
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28. Board Game: Inka [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:9567]
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$1.53/play
15 plays
 
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29. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:412]
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$1.87/play
15 plays

I would love to play this one more!
 
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30. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1200]
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$1.93/play
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31. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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$1.94/play
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This makes 31 less than $2.00 a play.
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32. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:772]
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$2.08/play
(24 plays)
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33. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:490]
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$2.29/play
(14 plays)

It wouldn't hurt my feelings to see this one out more often either.
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34. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:225]
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$2.37/play
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35. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
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$2.64/play
(14 plays)

Now here is one that makes me want to cry not to play more often.
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36. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:503]
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$2.67/play
(18 plays)
 
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37. Board Game: Delta V [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:10813]
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$2.75/play
(4 plays)

New this past Christmas, it wouldn't have done so well if not for the deals Fantasy Flight was giving online.
 
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38. Board Game: Caribbean [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1954]
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39. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:54]
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$2.78/play
(18 plays)

One of my very favorites!
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40. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:26]
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$2.81/play
(16 plays)

Again, an absolute favorite!
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41. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:585]
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$2.92/play
(12 plays)

My daughter's.
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42. Board Game: Masons [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1031]
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$3.00/play
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43. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:155]
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$3.00/play
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44. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:318]
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$3.00/play
(10 plays)

My daughter's. I would like to play more. This one makes 44 $3.00 or less per play.
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45. Board Game: Cave Troll [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1264]
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$3.12/play
(8 plays)
 
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46. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:282]
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$3.50/play
(12 plays)

For some reason I'm the only one here that likes this one.
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47. Board Game: Paris Paris [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2068]
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$3.57/play
(7 plays)

New this past Christmas but has done quite well so far.
 
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48. Board Game: Entdecker [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1474]
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$3.64/play
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Good game but a little long. This one's my daughter's.
 
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49. Board Game: Atlanteon [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:4356]
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$3.66/play
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My daughter's. New this past Christmas and another of those great Fantasy Flight online deals.
 
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50. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
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$3.93/play
(15 plays)

Wow! Only a month old and despite its high price is already under $4.00 per play! Solo play helps!
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