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Might pick up a copy if I'm in a B&N in the next few months...interested to read the rest of the money/time/entertainment analysis. 

I always find it funny that whenever people compare the price of games to the amount of house spent having fun with it, they usually leave out the QUANTITY of fun being had by people participating.

OK, a game costs $50. Let's say I play it 3 times (a lot for me) before I decide to get rid of it. Let's say the time spent playing the game was around 3 hours. But the amount of fun I had playing the game decreased with each subsequent play. That third play still cost me $17, but I didn't have nearly as much fun.

Similarly, going to a Phillies game takes about 3 or 4 hours, and costs me about $50 (if I pay for my wife's ticket as well), probably closer to $70 after I park and eat. How much fun did I have? That depends - did I tailgate with friends? Did we drink? Did I bring my KanJam set? Did the Phillies win? Was there a ninth inning rally?

No matter what, an hour of playing a board game is NOT THE SAME as an hour going to a baseball game. There is almost NO way to compare the two. In fact, I can guarantee that if I see a 9th inning rally that takes about 40 minutes, that would be worth more to me than pretty much ANY board game playing experience, even if the game I'm playing cost $5 and takes 20 hours. (25¢ an hour! what a bargain!!!)

Unless you find a way to QUANTIFY how much fun a person is having minute to minute, there is no way to compare the hourly cost of different activities "apples to apples."