Board Game: 500
[Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3351]
A while back, I ran the GCL Mafia $500 Collection Challenge. Our roster has changed a lot since then, so I thought it would be interesting to do it again, but a bit more streamlined.
You are creating a game collection from scratch, with a budget of $500. You will only be allowed to play these games for the next 5 years. Insert your own ridiculous justification for why this is the case (probably aliens again).
This time, there are a couple limitations. First, you are restricted to highly rated (by BGG) games - either by Geek Rating or by Number of Voters. I have put together a list of 150 games, which includes every game in the top 100 on BGG by either of those metrics. (I went a little past 100 in both cases to get a nice round number, both because of overlap between the two lists and because of revisions, stand-alone expansions, and sequels.)
You are allowed one off-list item. However, unlike last time, you may not purchase a generic "system" for the purpose of playing multiple games. A $5 deck of cards will not get you a billion different card games, for example. You also may not purchase a game with the intent of playing some other game (Chess will not get you Arimaa this time, though you can buy both as Arimaa could be your off-list item and Chess is on the list). Assume that as soon as you purchase your collection, [plot device] will wipe your memory of all game rules and you will only be able to play the games given in the rule books of your collection. (You may also assume, however, that the rule book is not terrible, and you can figure out how to actually play the game.)
You may purchase something like Pyramid Arcade or Mü & More (as the first examples I came up with), which include the rules for multiple games in the box. If you aren't sure if something is ok as an off-list item, ask.
The off-list item does not have to be its own game - perhaps you want poker chips to replace money, or perhaps you feel the Gloomhaven insert is necessary for your sanity (guess what I've been putting together the past few days...).
For games with multiple versions, or "required" expansions, you will have the option to purchase your preferred configuration. For example, you may choose either the original edition of Agricola or the revised edition; you may choose Race for the Galaxy on its own, or with one or more expansions. Regardless of configuration, you will pay tax-free and shipping-free MSRP for anything you buy.
I will add MSRP for each game on the list later today, to make it easier for everyone. For games that are Kickstarter only, I will come up with a number as best I can, and if you want to argue about it feel free.
If you want to participate, please submit your list by geekmail by Friday. I will post all the collections, and then everyone can vote on their favorites and also guess who submitted each. You can vote/guess without submitting a collection.
List (now with prices) in the first comment below.
Collections, in order of fewest items (bundling expansions with the base game) and then most expensive item. Two of these will be really really easy to guess, even though I modified one of them to use up the budget. (Honestly, most of them are probably easy to guess.)
If you'd like to vote and/or guess, do so by geekmail. For voting, send an ordered list of collections (ties are allowed), like this:
120 *Millennium Blades + Set Rotation Expansion
110 Cosmic Encounter + Cosmic Eons + Cosmic Incursion
80 Spirit Island
60 Five Tribes
110 Race for the Galaxy + The Gathering Storm + Rebel vs Imperium + Alien Artifacts
45 Puerto Rico
44 The Resistance + Hidden Agenda + Hostile Intent
71 Carcassonne + Inns & Cathedrals + The Princess & The Dragon
84 Suburbia + Inc
80 *Hansa Teutonica + Britannia + East Expansion
150 Forbidden Stars
50 Betrayal at House on the Hill
100 Agricola (Revised Edition) + Farmers of the Moor
80 Spirit Island
60 Race for the Galaxy + Xeno Invasion
59 Brass: Birmingham
110 Race for the Galaxy + The Gathering Storm + Rebel vs. Imperium + The Brink of War
90 Mage Knight Board Game
70 Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
45 *Notre Dame: 10th Anniversary
45 Power Grid
80 Blood Rage
60 Agricola (Revised Edition)
60 Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
60 Tigris & Euphrates
59 Brass: Lancashire
80 Terra Mystica
75 Dominion (Second Edition) Big Box
70 Ora et Labora
85 Orleans + Trade & Intrigue
50 *Hansa Teutonica
50 Ticket to Ride
42 The Castles of Burgundy
130 Dominion: Intrigue + Seaside + Prosperity
60 Agricola (Revised Edition)
60 Cosmic Encounter
42 Castles of Burgundy
35 *Secret Hitler
35 Race for the Galaxy
15 Sushi Go
70 Le Havre
65 Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
60 Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
40 Flash Point: Fire Rescue
20 The Resistance: Avalon
13 For Sale (Travel Edition)