Prices for board games.

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$100+(7 votes) 50%
$75(5 votes) 36%
$50(2 votes) 14%
$35(0 votes) 0%

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As the gaming world is well aware, #frosthaven just finished a massively successful campaign on Kickstarter. But, to get a base copy of that game you had to pay $100 before shipping. There is also the campaign, currently running, for #Ankh: Gods of Egypt, the pledge for the base game is also right at $100. There is, of course, a glut of big, beautiful, bold games that are on Kickstarter or in the retail space. But, most of these few price tags to match. 

On the other side of the market are small box games that are often $25 or less. These can be very wonderful, but with a few exceptions, you here a lot less about them. But you can find and pick up real gems in that price range. 

Then if course there are some big box games with a pretty "reasonable" price point. By reasonable I mean 30-50 usd. There are a lot of really really good games in this price range. 

I guess I am wondering how much would you be willing on spending on a game. I'm keeping this apart from expansions etc.... Just the base range.  Is there a price limit at which you will not even consider a grand? If so, what is your price limit? Are people feeling priced out of the hobby when they see these big beautiful games they can't justify. 

I think my limit is $100. I haven't broken $100 on a single base game, but I could see myself doing so at some point. What do you think when you see the price for a game? 

I'm drop a poll where you can share max price you would consider spending in a perfect circumstance. 

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7 months ago

It honestly depends on the game. If the game has enough content to be worth the price tag and it is fun to play any price could be valid. Even though this breaks the rules about expansions, I bought into Arkham Horror The Card Game (LCG) a bit late and spent around $400 to obtain everything card wise (before sleeves and accessories). However it is my favorite game and one that my usual boardgame partner loves as well. If a game offered enough content and was something my group would play very often I would pay a steep price for it knowing it would get played a lot.  However if it is a product I am unsure of the number of times it would hit the table, sub 100 dollars is ideal or only slightly above 100. Anything above that for a game I may play only once or twice is a hard sell unless I get it as a collection piece for others to borrow or try.

Supporter7 months ago

Thanks for demonstrating why I don't want to get into LCG's....LOL

7 months ago

If you are into TCG/CCGs it can be a better value to have an LCG depending on how you approach your purchasing. Also LCGs are definitely only worth getting into if you like playing that one game a lot. Think of it like a subscription to an MMO where every month there is new content added and that is what you are paying for. For some this isn't a big deal but if you are big into the hobby of board gaming it definitely saps your budget to devote 15 dollars or so to a pack every month or 2 and a big expansion of about 30 dollars every 6 months or so.

Supporter7 months ago

Yes, I get that. But, I do have not gotten bitten by any collectible card game bug. And, I don't live inthe USA, so, shipping is extremely cost prohibitve for me.

7 months ago

Not living in the US probably greatly effects your board game prices as well if they have to be imported. I have a friend who lives in Malaysia and sending her board games from the US are a bit pricey but if she can't get them there through online stores it is her only option.

Supporter7 months ago

I got a place in the states, I have had stuffed shipped here, but, most of the time I just buy them and ship them to my place in the states, and pick them up when I go up for a visit/business.

7 months ago

AHLCG is my favorite game as well - but yeah it's crazy expensive (and I don't sleeve it...yet).

It's hard to say what a good game is worth, because I think many of us buy games in hopes that its value will grow over time. A game is only worth the amount you play it, so in many cases, large expensive games are worth very little if they're never played.

7 months ago

I used to use a rating scale based on time for video games which I tied to movie ticket prices. Essentially dividing the game time played by the cost. So if I spent $60 on a video game ideally I wanted to get about 6 hours of enjoyment to equal 10 dollars which was around the cost of a matinee ticket at the time I did those calculations. For board games it can either include the number of players which means less time is needed to hit a target dollar value or just be based on your own enjoyment. For example, I own Season 2, 3, and 4 of Exceed plus promo characters so the total would be around 360 or a little more... so I would need to play around 30 hours to get to that 12 dollar mark. I have exceeded that though I have also bought sets for other people but it has been my weekly game for a while now so I have probably recouped the cost. 

Having a scale can help you decide whether you should spend over 100 bucks for a game or not. A co worker of mine used to use a scale based on how much he got paid to decide whether it was worth him buying something, for example if you make 20 dollars an hour and want a 100 dollar board game that is 5 hours of work. If that amount of effort seems like a lot to afford that item then he wouldn't buy it.

Supporter7 months ago

I use a similar scale.

7 months ago

Agreed. In the back of my head I have the scale of movie tickets.

That being said I only go to the theater like max 2 times a year, so it's difficult for me to compare with that sometimes. I just need to ensure when I buy a big game (and I've got a significant of 100+ games on the way) they get played.

The other thing I did fail to mention is that more expensive games currently tend to hold their value in the market better than small ones. I had the entire #Root collection, but I was only getting it to the table every few months. It was easy to resell it at value.

7 months ago

I don't sell any of the games I own, I give them away. So monetary value isn't a factor for me. I do consider when I purchase a board game I don't see myself getting a ton of plays with whether I know someone who would like the game more and I guess that is sometimes used to limit me buying the bigger "experience" games. 

Premium User7 months ago

I want to personally apologize for anyone on a budget because I constantly buy games that require a mortgage payment because I am a sucker for bling. I am sorry I am raising the prices for everyone else.

My bad.

Supporter7 months ago

I'm sure we all accept that apology....LOL

7 months ago

I am pleased to see that there are different price brackets. That means that there is something available for just about any gamer regardless of how deep their pocket is. Personally, as far as budget goes, I have about $100 to spend on gaming per year. Generally speaking, I go for games prices around $50, but lower priced games have certain appeal as well because I can pick up a few more. I could save up and buy Gloomhaven, or similar, but that would be it for a while. This is why I’m thankful there are plenty of options in each price range to choose from. I hope designers keep it this way and don't push for the higher priced games we often see on Kickstarter.

Supporter7 months ago

I really do think that there are many many great games that are $25 or less. My current spending averages higher than that per game. But, some of my favorite games cost less than $25. Of course, the prices can vary, and they may be higher or lower right now, but, when I bought the following games they were all $25 or less.

#Race for the Galaxy

#Innovation

#Dominion, I bought this on a killer sale.

#Carcassonne

#Lost Cities

#Forbidden Island or #Forbidden Desert


7 months ago

I paid $140 for #Gloomhaven when it was still going for that(I believe I’ve seen it for around a hundred in the years since), but I did split it three ways so that doesn't reaaaally count. A couple months ago I got #Mechs vs. Minions for about $90 after shipping, but I’m not likely to pay that much again. Mvm uses one of my favorite (yet rarely used) mechanisms: action queues. My gf and I have been obsessed with it since, so it was probably a good call.

Beyond those outliers, most of my collection is within the 35-60 range and it's unlikely I'll go outside of that often. Building off of that point, my most recent acquisition is #Tapestry which I only would've considered at the current price point. If something is going to be pushing 3 digits, it better be an immersive campaign of some kind that will push me to play well over 20 times.


That being said, I'll probably up my #Frosthaven pledge from $1 to the full price at some point. haha

7 months ago

75-80 smackers is my limit. I almost always look for used or discounted games if I am interested in an expensive game (see #Gaia Project)

Supporter7 months ago

Sorry about that #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) kickstarter......LOL

7 months ago

I mean...85 is not bad...especially since I splurged on the metal coins...It is a game of decadence lol. This is what I tell myself.  

Supporter7 months ago

Do not forget the 10 for shipping.....

7 months ago

I counted that separately in my mind...

Supporter7 months ago

It is more comfortable that way.

7 months ago

I tell myself a lot of things to validate purchases lol

Supporter7 months ago

LOL, I know the feeling.

7 months ago

I selected $75 as my max, but I don't think I've even spent that much on a single game. Game + expansions? Yes. Definitely. But $60 is probably the most I've spent on a single game. 

If it was a meaty Stormlight Archive game, however, with absolutely EVERYTHING, I would pay a hefty sum. Probably maybe.

7 months ago

You know, I selected $100+, but it would have to be something really special for it to be JUST a base game. I said I was considering going all in on the Dale of Merchants Kickstarter (99 Euros), but that gets you DoM 1-3 + the Collection (essentially another full game) AND a mini-expansion.

7 months ago

Yeah, I wouldn't count that as "one" game :) You're good!

Supporter7 months ago

In a sense that is one game, but, I wouldn't count it all as one game, especially since each of the DOM boxes is standalone. Of course, I don't care if you want to lump it all into one game.

Owner7 months ago

I've never done it before, but I picked $100+. I typically go for games in $30-60 range but if there's one out there that's guaranteed to hit the table frequently because my wife and I love it so much, then that's fairly easy for me to save up and buy that instead of 2-3 games that add up to that value. Especially if those games won't get as many plays. I've yet to come across one that made me feel like I should go for it though. Gloomhaven is the closest but not enough to make it tempting.

Edit: Just to add, I think part of the reason why I typically don't have to worry or be tempted about getting a $100+ game is that they're usually outside of my preferences. Besides the Lacerda games or Eagle-Gryphon Games that just look too good, I always feel very "meh" about the other games coming out because (1) I'm not into games with minis and (2) most of those games require a high player count to be fun, and (3) they're way too involved for the type of group that I usually play with (and 90% of my game time with 2p with my wife).

Premium User7 months ago

I would have to say it depends on the game.  $150 would be a tough hump to get over (even for a great game).  $100 used to be my price barrier but after playing Gloomhaven I can't fully justify that anymore.  Gloomhaven is well worth $100 especially given the amount and diversity of play you get out of it.  I will be honest though, anything over $70 gets a very critical look from me and has to be worth paying for.