board games http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11208/all en-US 8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_17015005_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="frugal families love board games" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My siblings and I spent our childhood playing popular, mainstream board games. <a href="http://amzn.to/29V2gS0">Monopoly</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2auGmXZ">The Game of Life</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2auI4bu">Clue</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2auHwm6">Chinese Checkers</a>, and <a href="http://amzn.to/2auHrPy">Pictionary</a> granted us hours of family fun, interrupted occasionally by a temper tantrum. Monopoly, as many people know, can be dull and brutal.</p> <p>Playing board games died off in my high school years. Once I hit college, I was introduced to a wider variety of games &mdash; and the spark was rekindled. Instead of vegging in front of the TV or spending money to go see a movie, we began to sit down to play board games once again. Here are eight reasons why you should pick up boardgaming as a family activity, too.</p> <h2>1. So Many Game Options</h2> <p>Dozens of new games are introduced every year by major board game companies and individuals through Kickstarter campaigns. You don't need, nor should you, limit your family to the games you can find on Walmart's shelves.</p> <p>A local game store, or Amazon, will all have a broader collection of board games that range anywhere from $5-$100. This large collection of potential games will increase the chance of finding a game your family will love at the right price range.</p> <h2>2. Game Guidance From the Pros</h2> <p>Don't be intimidated by a new game. No one expects you to fork over the money for a game without a little guidance on how to play. There are a number of YouTube channels dedicated to reviewing and recommending games to help individuals find good games.</p> <p>Frugal families might want to check out any of these YouTube shows to watch reviews of games before purchasing the game:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9QtdiRJYro&amp;list=PL0Y9n5uBJuXxjSe6lJEHRZICCHym3e-aS">TableTop</a> with Wil Wheaton</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/WatchItPlayed">Watch It Played</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/thedicetower">The Dice Tower</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/MoonratMedia/videos">Board With Life</a></li> </ul> <h2>3. Access to Simple and Clear Game Rules</h2> <p>Board games can be complicated. I have a game that has around 30 pages of rules. Even as an experienced gamer, I find that a tad intimidating. There are a variety of different interactive and visual means to help families deal with learning these complicated rules for more enjoyable game play.</p> <ul> <li>Check out free board game rules introduction videos (as mentioned above) and game playthroughs on YouTube.</li> <li>Search the Android or iTunes app store for free or cheap digital versions of the game. Ascension and Coup are both complicated games that have free app versions that provide interactive walkthroughs.</li> <li>Look for free game aids that can help you understand the rules, set the game's difficulty level, and randomize board setup. Settlers of Catan, Legendary, and Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game all have free player aids.</li> </ul> <h2>4. You Can Shop Bigger, for Lower Prices</h2> <p>Support your local TableTop store when you can, but don't feel bad if you occasionally need to turn to bigger retailers like Toys 'R Us, Target, Amazon, or Walmart for lower prices. Even better, if you find a game at a store you can't in good conscious shop from, you can utilize price matching to get that lower price on either an in-store or online purchase.</p> <h2>5. Try Board Game Rental Services</h2> <p>An alternative option to creating your own version of popular games is to rent board games rather than buy them. This has the bonus of being fairly cheap, allows you to explore different types of games, and allows you to play games that might be out of your price range.</p> <p>You can either rent games by seeing if your local board game store has a rental service, or checking out an online board game rental store. In rare cases, you might even find that your local library has added board games to their rental collection.</p> <h2>6. DIY Board Games</h2> <p>Not ready to spend $60 for a game? Here's a bit of good news: With a little creativity and work, you can easily create <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">DIY board games to save money</a>.</p> <p>Don't stop there though. There are a number of fun games you can easily DIY.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8-XTMbszPk">Telestrations</a> &mdash; A mix of telephone and Pictionary, requires you to cut out 30+ medium-sized pieces of paper and give everyone a pen.</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0hX47QFtGI">Superfight</a> &mdash; A game where you present a case over which person, object, or animal in a match-up would win. It only requires you to cut out card-sized pieces of paper. On 1/3 of the pieces of paper, you will write any sentient object, person, or creature. On the rest of the cards, in a different color pen or a different color paper, you'll write an object, personality trait, or physical trait.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Fan-Made DIY Board Games</h2> <p>There are tons of dedicated fans that have already done all the hard work of creating original fan games or expansions of already-made board games. All you need to do is download the PDF versions of their work and print it off at home.</p> <p>Here are a few free fan-made versions of board games:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1416104/printer-studio-ready-templates">Legendary: A Star Wars Deckbuilding Game</a></li> <li><a href="http://bangcardgame.blogspot.com/p/bang-custom-expansions.html">Bang!</a></li> <li><a href="http://enter-there.com/">Game of Thrones: The Board Game</a></li> </ul> <h2>8. Choose Games With High Replay Value</h2> <p>Board games can be expensive. Games tend to run anywhere from $10-$60. Yes, a $60 game might be expensive, but you can make that price worth it by carefully choosing games that grant high replay value. These are games that often come with extra boards, scenarios, or cards that offer a slightly fresh gaming experience each time you play. These are also games where it isn't easy for players to pinpoint a set strategy to win.</p> <p>Here are a few games with high replay value:</p> <ul> <li>Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game</li> <li>Betrayal at the House on the Hill</li> <li>Robo Rally</li> <li>Cosmic Encounter</li> </ul> <p>If you need a new pastime, board games can be a fun, cost-effective activity that offer hours of family fun. Between the vast number of games and the rapidly growing TableTop community &mdash; on and off-line &mdash; now is the time to adopt board gaming as a new family pastime.</p> <p><em>Do you have family game nights? Which board games do you play? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-winter-activities-to-keep-kids-busy-during-holiday-break">9 Frugal Winter Activities to Keep Kids Busy During Holiday Break</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-kids-activities">How to Save Money on Kids&#039; Activities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-living-skills-i-wish-my-parents-would-have-taught-me">8 Frugal Living Skills I Wish My Parents Would Have Taught Me</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-the-easter-bunny-should-give-money-instead-of-candy">8 Reasons the Easter Bunny Should Give Money Instead of Candy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment Family board game board games entertainment family time fun things to do game night games kids quality time things to do on the weekend Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:30:27 +0000 Samantha Stauf 1756345 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000019777216.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting tired of the same old board games? Why not make your own? Several clever DIY games can be made with stuff you have in junk drawers or otherwise hanging around the house. Others come together as quickly as you can print a template. Liven up your game night with these awesome DIY options. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Fun Toys You Can DIY</a>)</p> <h2>1. Guess Who</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.almostmakesperfect.com/2015/01/07/diy-guess-who/">DIY Guess Who</a> will have your whole family laughing. Get photos of 25 of your nearest and dearest friends and family and print three copies (one for each board and one for the bag). Then cut them into squares and attach to plywood squares using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Podge-CS11302-Original-16-Ounce-Finish/dp/B001IKES5O">Mod Podge</a>. Drill pilot holes into your base for the hinges that will attach each individual person's block to the board.</p> <h2>2. Monopoly</h2> <p>If you're bored with your Monopoly game, try creating your own using these <a href="http://instillingvalues.com/monopoly-download/">free templates</a>. The maker of the templates also offers a <a href="http://instillingvalues.com/easy-editable-monopoly/">totally customizable</a> one for just $2. You can print these out at home and then glue or tape onto an old board. Park Place can be whatever you want. I suggest getting them printed onto a single sheet of high-quality paper at a local office supply store.</p> <h2>3. Checkers</h2> <p>Is there anything more classic than a game of Checkers? <a href="http://niccolaontuesday.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/play-on-tuesday.html">Make your own</a> board and pieces using milk jug lids, fabric, and paint. You'll pencil in a grid and then color in alternating boxes. Then decorate your milk jug lids with permanent markers.</p> <h2>4. Tic Tac Toe</h2> <p>Here's a super way to keep your little ones occupied: <a href="http://sweetpenniesfromheaven.com/despicable-diy-tic-tac-toe/">DIY Tic Tac Toe</a>. Find eight smooth rocks and pick up an inexpensive chalkboard at a craft store. This particular game has a Minions theme &mdash; but you could paint the rocks however you'd like.</p> <h2>5. Memory Game</h2> <p>This paper <a href="http://www.eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-paper-popsicle-memory-game">Popsicle Memory Game</a> is a great exercise for the mind. Print out the free template, cut out the pieces, and attach them to sticks using double-sided tape. Then mix them up, face down, and let your kids try to find the matching treats.</p> <h2>6. Rainbow Game</h2> <p>The <a href="http://mrprintables.com/rainbow-board-game.html">Rain and Rainbow Game</a> will give some color to your rainy day. It's a fun variation of Snakes and Ladders. After you print and assemble the game, the rules are easy. When you reach the bottom of a rainbow, climb up. When you land on a black cloud, slide back down.</p> <h2>7. Cereal Box Game</h2> <p>You probably already have all the materials you need to create this <a href="http://www.thecrafttrain.com/1/post/2014/01/diy-cereal-box-board-game.html">Cereal Box Game</a> on hand. Simply cut up your box, draw a path, and color it in. The rules are up to you. This is a wonderful project for younger kids who might just be learning how to play.</p> <h2>8. Family Memories Game</h2> <p>If you're looking for an inexpensive, personalized gift to give family this holiday season, try crafting this <a href="http://www.potholesandpantyhose.com/2011/12/diy-family-board-game/">Family Memories Game</a>. Take an old board game, cover it with white cardstock, draw your path on top, and decorate it with family photos. Use more cardstock to make your deck of questions. Ask about anything about birthdays, anniversaries, and even personal jokes.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite DIY board game for when you're bored?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-frugal-things-to-do-with-origami">8 Fun and Frugal Things to Do with Origami</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-recipes-for-slime-your-kids-can-make-and-even-sell">23 Recipes for Slime Your Kids Can Make — and Even Sell!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Entertainment Family board games crafts DIY family time fun game night Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:15:22 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1603198 at http://www.wisebread.com Play On: 5 Great Card and Board Games http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2175221420_2cf3f4bcc9.jpg" alt="Board game" title="Board game" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you walk down the board game aisle at any department store, it can seem like the number of games available just keeps going up. It can be tempting to grab the first game you see, especially if you&rsquo;re in a hurry to start up a family board game night. But there are some games that are better than others.</p> <p>The games below are from my personal favorites &mdash; you may find that you have to play through more than a few to find the ones you and your fellow players will particularly love. It&rsquo;s worthwhile to find a local game store that offers you the chance to play through games at a in-store game night before making a purchase. Plus, this list includes a few board games that probably aren&rsquo;t going to be at a department store. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score!&nbsp;How to Host a Great Game Night</a>)</p> <h2>Settlers of Catan</h2> <p><a href="http://www.catan.com/">Settlers of Catan</a> has been paving the way from more traditional board games, like Monopoly, to less-well-known alternatives for years. It&rsquo;s for good reason, because the game, which lets you trade resources and build towns and roads, is a ton of fun.</p> <h2>Dominion</h2> <p>This card-based game is officially meant for ages 13 and up, but we&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-family-friendly-games-for-your-holiday-party">played it successfully with younger kids</a>. <a href="http://www.riograndegames.com/games.html?id=278">Dominion</a>&rsquo;s mechanics make it different every time you play by including different sets of cards. There are also several different expansion packs available.</p> <h2>Citadels</h2> <p>Looking for something quick and easy to pick up? <a href="http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=31">Citadels</a> is a great game that can be played by up to seven players if you have a big group. It&rsquo;s also particularly easy; you can master the game in just a few minutes.</p> <h2>Robo&nbsp;Rally</h2> <p>Ever wanted to play with robots of your very own? <a href="http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/prod/roborally">Robo Rally</a> lets you and your fellow players pit robots against each other and against a very unforgiving board.</p> <h2>7 Wonders</h2> <p>You can build the wonders of ancient civilizations in <a href="http://www.rprod.com/en/7WONDERS.html">7 Wonders</a>, along with discovering new technologies and competing with militaries. If you&rsquo;re a fan of computer games like Civilization, 7 Wonders can provide a nice transition.</p> <p>Got a few favorites of your own? Please share them in the comments &mdash; personally, I&rsquo;m always looking for the next <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think">great board game</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-rein-in-your-spending-without-sacrificing-fun">Easy Ways to Rein in Your Spending Without Sacrificing Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score! How to Host a Great Game Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment board games family fun game nights Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:48:18 +0000 Thursday Bram 933905 at http://www.wisebread.com Top 5 Economy Based Board Games that Make You Think http://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/agricola.jpg" alt="Agricola" title="Agricola" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My husband and I have a fairly large collection of board games that we play in our leisure time.&nbsp; A good number of these games have an economic element that teach you to think carefully about how to invest your resources and best your opponents.&nbsp; Here is a list of my favorite economy based board games.</p> <p>First of all the following games belong to a big group of board games called&nbsp; Eurogames.&nbsp; This means that there is less conflict between players, less luck, and more strategy involved.&nbsp; The antithesis to Eurogames is what board game players fondly call &quot;<a href="http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16485">Ameritrash</a>&quot;, which are games that involve a lot of&nbsp; rules, dice rolling, and all out bloody fights between players.&nbsp; Those who like to play a bit slower and think a bit more&nbsp; would enjoy the following games immensely.</p> <h2><strong>Agricola</strong></h2> <p>The premise of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001C7617Q?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001C7617Q">Agricola</a> is that you are a farmer in a little shack and you have to build up your farm with your family.&nbsp; You start with yourself and one other family member and then you have exactly 14 turns to make your farm as plentiful as possible with the basic available resources of wood, clay, reed, and stone.&nbsp; Eventually you can also increase your family size by having babies, and also grow food and livestock.&nbsp; This game is extremely interesting in that you have to formulate a slightly different strategy with every game you play since you are dealt a hand of possible occupations and improvements to your farm.&nbsp; You also have to balance the food production of your farm with the improvement of your farm because your family members have to be fed every few turns. Every game of Agricola is different, and you could also play a one player variant where you try to beat a high score.</p> <h2><strong>Puerto Rico</strong></h2> <p>I like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00008URUT?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00008URUT">Puerto&nbsp;Rico</a> a lot because there is almost no luck involved. Everything you do depend on what other players do.&nbsp; Every player is a plantation owner that tries to build up the most valuable plantation in Puerto Rico while shipping goods from the plantation back to Spain&nbsp; for points.&nbsp; There are a set of occupations that the players can take every turn, and each occupation gives a certain bonus. Every player is then given an equal opportunity to do the actions of the occupation chosen.&nbsp; There is also a pile of money that can be saved to upgrade the plantation.&nbsp; You also have to manage your workers to get the best production results.&nbsp; My general strategy in this game is to save up a lot of money to buy the best buildings because they give the most bonus, but it also takes some work to build up a viable income stream.</p> <h2><strong> </strong><strong> Power Grid </strong></h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007YDBLE?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0007YDBLE">Power Grid</a> is a bit like Monopoly with power plants, but there is a much smaller element of luck.&nbsp; Every player is given 50 units of currency to start with, and then there is an auction for power plants.&nbsp; Each power plant has a different minimum bid and they use different resources to produce different amounts of power.&nbsp; Players also have to spend their money to buy resources and houses. The houses are placed on a map so there are also connection costs between the homes.&nbsp; Once all the purchasing is complete players can use the resources they bought to power the houses they bought.&nbsp; Each home that is powered generates more money.&nbsp; This game is great for illustrating the laws of supply and demand because the prices of the desirable power plants go up as players bid, and the prices of resources also go up as they are depleted.&nbsp; In the end of the game the player who powers the most houses wins, and in case of a tie the person&nbsp; with the most money wins.</p> <h2><strong> </strong><strong>Caylus</strong></h2> <p>I played <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BNFHBI?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000BNFHBI">Caylus</a> a bit less than the others games on this list, but it is quite fun with more than two people.&nbsp; The basic premise is that you are a serf to a king, and you try to win the king's favors by helping him build a castle.&nbsp; In the meantime you try to collect resources and money for points.&nbsp; You use your resources to build buildings in the kingdom and whenever another player uses a building you own you get a point.&nbsp; You also get points for building castle pieces and favors.&nbsp; Similar to Agricola, you have a limited number of workers to take certain actions, but you have to pay gold to take each action.&nbsp; So in the entire game you need to balance the amount of gold you earn with the amount of actions you take because if you use too many actions it is possible that you cannot do much the next turn.&nbsp; There is also a mechanic by which other players can screw up your plans by moving a marker that dictates where the actions end so you have to be wary of where you place your workers.</p> <h2><strong> </strong><strong>Le Havre</strong>&nbsp;</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001N815J8?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001N815J8">Le Havre</a> is probably the hardest one to master out of these five because there are a lot more types of resources to manage. You also have a lot of choices of actions to take with each turn so it is difficult to make a decision.&nbsp; It can be described as a combination of Puerto Rico and Agricola since it involves shipping goods, feeding workers, and also purchasing improvement buildings.&nbsp; Anyone can use the improvement buildings but some buildings require players to pay a cost to the building's owner.&nbsp; This is also a game where the person with the most points win in the end, but you have to manage your money and resources carefully along the way to produce the best results.&nbsp; This game could also be played single player.</p> <p>Every year there are new board games being published so I am sure that I will be able to add to this list in the future.&nbsp; I like these resource and money management themed games the best because they make you think of how to optimize an outcome with what little resources you have.&nbsp; Although these games are quite simple compared to the real world, I think&nbsp; you could definitely apply the basic principles in them to optimize and better your lives.&nbsp; These games are also great for teaching older children the basics of money and resource management.</p> <p><strong>Are you a fan of any of these board games?&nbsp; What's your favorite economy based game? </strong></p> <p><em>Disclosure: This post contains my Amazon affiliate links to the games. You could also get these games from your local game store and other reputable online retailers.&nbsp; The games in my list are fairly reasonably priced and most are below $50 unlike the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theres-a-board-game-out-there-that-will-teach-you-to-be-rich-if-you-can-afford-it">recently mentioned Cashflow board game </a>which is in my opinion a money making scheme by the inventors.&nbsp; <br /> </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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