35 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Budget-Friendly Games
Looking for a good new game to play, but short on cash? Andrew and Anitra discuss a variety of games that can be had cheaply (under $20), including one that simply needs pen and paper!What we played recently:
Celebrity – this is a party game that simply requires pens, paper, and a container for the slips of paper. Wikipedia has the rules more or less as we played it.
The kids had friends over during the Superbowl and played:
Mmm! several times. Loudly.
Monsters in the Elevator – (here’s our review)
At the suggestion of one of our listeners (thanks Spencer!), we came up with a list of games we recommend that are under $20:
Machi Koro Bright Lights: Big City (retails $30 but regularly on sale for $20)
Sushi Go ($10-13)
Zombie Dice ($7-12)
Anomia ($13 if you get the 2-deck version)
Monopoly Deal ($5-9)
Hero Kids ($6-10) at drivethrurpg.com
And of course, there are better-known favorites like Pass the Pigs, Tenzi, and Uno
Last, but certainly not least, a giveaway, sponsored by Bellwether Games! One lucky winner will receive a copy of the Princess and the Goblin board game and also a copy of the book.
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FYI, the Celebrity game you described in the beginning is also a published game called Time’s Up with various editions.
Thanks for letting us know! I had only ever heard it called “Celebrity”. The pen-and-paper version might work better for some groups, since with the players coming up with the pool of answers, you are less likely to end up with a person/character that no one has heard of.
Forbidden Island is a good choice also and usually is under $15.00 on Amazon.