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Looking to buy a gift or adding to your board game collection on a budget? We’ve got you covered with our top 10 board games under $30.

A roll and write without dice where all bets are off! Welcome to New Las Vegas is a standalone sequel to Welcome to…

Through your city planning, you have become a better architect. But now, it’s 1960s America, and you have taken on a project to build a New Las Vegas!

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1 – 50 Players
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Medium Complexity
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Ages 10+
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Kingdomino is a 2 to 4 player strategy game that plays like dominoes with a kingdom-building twist. Each turn you will connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure that at least one of its sides connects to a matching element already in play.

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2 – 4 Players
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Very Low Complexity
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Ages 8+
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Arboretum is a strategic card game that challenges players to create the most beautiful path through the garden. Choosing the correct cards and placing them in the most efficient orientation will score you the most points at the end of the game. With elegantly simple rules, Arboretum offers players surprisingly complex choices.

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2 – 4 Players
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Very Low Complexity
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Ages 8+
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Bring the excitement of Vegas into your home with the newest edition of the best-selling party game in history!

In Wits & Wagers Vegas, you don’t need to know the answers to win. Anyone can win by betting on other players’ guesses to questions like “How many Pringles come in a standard-size can?” or “What percent of American adults make their own bed every day?”.

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5 – 99 Players
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Very Low Complexity
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Ages 13+
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Re-enter the land of Oz! Pay a visit to the wizard, meet some familiar friends, and challenge the Wicked Witch of the West. The Adventures of Oz is a brand new Unlock! adventure for up to six players. With just one hour on the clock, players must work through a deck of sixty cards as a team, searching for clues, combining objects, and figuring out puzzles to escape. The free Unlock! companion app runs the timer while providing clues, giving you hints, and helping you succeed. Once the team has reached the solution and entered the correct code, they’ve escaped and the game has been won!

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1 – 6 Players
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Medium Complexity
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Ages 10+
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Star Realms is a spaceship combat deck building game designed by Magic Pro Tour Champions and Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle and Rob Dougherty (developer and cofounder of the Ascension Deck building Game).

Star Realms offers all the thrills of traditional trading card game style combat, combined with the fun of a deck building game.

Play powerful ships, destroy enemy bases or blast your opponent directly on your way to victory!

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2 Players
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Ages 12+
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The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.

The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

Codenames: win or lose, it’s fun to figure out the clues.

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2 – 8 Players
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Very Low Complexity
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Ages 14+
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The noble Princess is looking for an ideal partner and confidant to help with her royal duties when she one day assumes the throne. You must prove your worth and gain her trust by enlisting allies, friends, and family of the Princess to carry a letter of intent to her. Can you earn the Princess’ trust and become her confidant? Playing cards one at a time, players in Love Letter use the abilities of these key people in the Princess’ life to outwit their opponents and successfully deliver their letter and gain her favour. Players must utilize each character’s special skill to avoid being caught and successfully deliver their letter to the Princess. Once a set number of favour tokens are acquired, that player wins and becomes the Princess’ confidant.

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2 – 6 Players
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Very Low Complexity
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Ages 10+
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Hive is a boardless game that builds strategy skills. Hive is a fun game to play, because of its simple rules, yet challenging for its depth.

Each of the tactile resin (Bakelite) tiles has a unique way of moving, similar to chess, and resembles the movement of the insect depicted on the tile. Choose the best tactics to place the right piece wisely and be the first to block the Queen Bee in the Hive.

Hive enhances each player’s skills of strategic planning, tactical thinking and spatial vision. To win, you must play both the offense (surround your opponent’s bee) and the defence (to protect your queen bee).

This pocket version is great for taking on trips where space is an issue or for backpacking where weight could be a problem.

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2 Players
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Ages 9+
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In the co-operative trick-taking game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, the players set out as astronauts on an uncertain space adventure. What about the rumors about the unknown planet about? The eventful journey through space extends over 50 exciting missions. But this game can only be defeated by meeting common individual tasks of each player. In order to meet the varied challenges, communication is essential in the team. But this is more difficult than expected in space.

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2 – 5 Players
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Ages 10+
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