How to build an amazing board game collection for $10!

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Quinns: Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary folks, and anyone else who's left a comment over the last six years along the lines of "ARRRGH STOP MAKING ME SPEND MONEY." Today, SU&SD amends for its capitalist crimes.

We talk a lot on this site about how we want board games to be "for everyone", but to an awful lot of people the games we recommend are prohibitively expensive. That said, putting together an amazing board game collection can be cheap. Below, we've assembled a list of the very best games that could collectively cost you less than ten bucks, depending on your situation.

This isn't some unsatisfying sampler platter. What lurks below is a moveable feast of some of the greatest games ever made. Were you to gather all of these games, I'd prefer your collection to ones I've seen costing $1000.

If you approve of this feature, please do share it far and wide! It represents a lot of work for both Team SU&SD and our donors, who we bothered about cheap games we might have missed (special thanks to subscribers Amanda and Jeff, who were especially great).

Let's get started.


GAMES NEWS! 06/02/17

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Quinns: Paul, I need an ambulance!

Paul: Are you dying?

Quinns: Even better! Remember my positive review of Quadropolis (pictured above)? Days of Wonder has just announced the first expansion for it. Quadropolis: Public Services will see a selection of buildings laid out between rounds like a concrete chocolate box, and whether you select a fire station or get stuck with a convention centre, it’ll change how you score.

Paul: Quinns, I’m just going to stop you there. We’re going to go LIVE to this site’s resident Quadropolis expert for some analysis.


Feature: A Day in the Life of Quinns’ Game Collection!

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Quinns: Ladies and gentlemen, roll up! It's time for a new series where we take a look a team SU&SD's board game collections. Come and see! Be amazed. Be aghast. Be envious. Comment with thought-provoking assertions like "why do you have that game it is bad".

You guys will have seen my collection in the background of loads of SU&SD videos, but I don't think you've seen the work that goes into it. Come with me today as I perform... a CULL.


SU&SD’s Top 50 Games Ever, 2015! #20 to #11

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SU&SD's Top 50 Games Ever, 2015! #20 to #11
Quinns: We are entering the teens! Steady as she goes, operator.

Operator: Sir, the site was never built for this! She's going to buckle under the pressure!

Quinns: There's no turning back now. We'd never make it. The only way out... is through.


SU&SD Play… Two Rooms and a Boom

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Oh no. Just as our Let's Play of Resistance: Avalon forever branded Matt as a sneaky bastard, so this Let's Play of Two Rooms and a Boom is going to designate Quinns as a ruthless brute. If we keep this up no member of SU&SD will be respectable.

If you're not sure how to play Two Rooms and a Boom, definitely go check out the publisher's fantastic, tiny teaching video right here. Or just jump straight in like some kind of mad video-ferret! It's up to you.

Huge thanks to Two Rooms designer Alan Gerding for running this game for us, to Two Rooms designer Sean McCoy for helping to film, and to all you lovely SU&SD party attendees for playing!



Our Favourite 8 Games From Gen Con 2014!

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Our Favourite 8 Games From Gen Con 2014!
Paul: OK. That title isn't accurate at all.

Quinns: Yes, but "Our Favourite 7 Games From Gen Con '14 and One Game We Were Disappointed By" sounds silly and doesn't fit.

Paul: Fair enough. Wait, which game were we disappointed by? I thought everything was pretty great.

Quinns: You'll have to click through and FIND OUT!

Paul: But I work here


Podcast #20: The Livecast!

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At Gen Con 2014 we hosted a special, live podcast for 300 of our closest fans. It was unbelievable. If you were there, thank you.

If you weren’t there, contained within is us yammering about the new XCOM board game, Ca$h ‘n Guns and one huge game of Two Rooms and a Boom, before running two games of our own! True (or False) Dungeon and Question Jenga. It’s more madness than you can shake a sedative at.

Read the full article...


Games News! 04/11/13

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Games News! 04/11/13
The Shut Up & Sit Down Supercomputer: I have spent the week exhaustively probing and sampling the corpses of Quinns and Paul, and have arrived at a conclusion: They are still dead. Therefore I shall continue to transmit the "Games News" as if they were not. I recommend that you all perform the human act of "denial", as it sounds quite soothing.

Paul: Good morning everybaby!

Quinns: Paul, I cannot believe this. You will remember that two months ago I performed such that the people should buy real-time game Escape: The Curse of the Temple.

Paul: I remember it well, it made me birth eight giggles from my larynx.

Quinns: What a friend. But this week Queen Games has announced Escape from Zombie City. A tremendously similar game of rolling dice and escaping zombies, this time taking 15 minutes instead of 10. Just after I told everyone to buy the first Escape!

Paul: That is the limit!

Quinns: Stow your bum! This story gets even crazier.