Tactical Miniature Games
Warhammer 40K: Battle for Macragge
You get a playable force of Space Marines, Tyranids, terrain, a complete digest sized rulebook, a getting started guide that walks you through scenarios, dice and a template for $50. Warhammer 40,000 is still the most popular miniatures game and this starter set is a bargain. A hardcover rulebook alone is $50, for example. Say what you will about the company and their prices, but this box set is as close to a loss leader as I've seen in the game industry. You'll still want to buy some accessories, of course, and that can add up: primer, paint, glue, cutters; you could easily spend another $50 on that. However, if you already paint, that's an investment you've made in the past already. Battle for Skull Pass is the $50 Warhammer Fantasy Battles starter set. It's a good value, but has two less popular armies (dwarves and goblins) and lacks a guide for learning the game.
Price History: Battle for Macragge jumped from $45 to 50 last Summer.