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Ask a BGG'er what the best gateways are, and he will typically spout several excellent games off the top of his head:

Ticket to Ride
Carcassonne
Settlers of Catan
Memoir '44
etc.

All completely legitimate games, and still excellent recommendations. But, let's not forget those new gatways that have been released in the past year or so! Such as...
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26. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:127]
Dave Kudzma
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This is probably a combination of worker placement combined with set collection. I'm not sure how you'd describe the player board scales....though it does share those with Goa and Industrial Waste.

It scales beautifully, easy to learn, and plays quickly.
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27. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:463]
Dave Kudzma
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Love it or hate it, I think this game does serve as a very good introduction to economic engines and bidding.

It's quite easy to learn and plays in a fairly short amount of time. It scales up and down well, though if there were any chink in it's armor it's that I do think the more the better overall.
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28. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:479]
Dave Kudzma
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Now that Gryphon Games has made this more available marginally more affordable....well let's stick with available....this is a great introduction to dexterity games.

It can be played in 10-15 minutes and absolutely anyone could win thanks to the healthy dose of luck. Thanks to the short play time no one seems to mind how well or poorly they do, though there is at least room for skill shots when knocking other players pieces from the board or getting your die to the level you desire....though there's no controlling those dastardly pips
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29. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:870]
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Millsboro
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Pattern recognition and tile placement.

Short time, relatively easy to learn, nice smattering of luck.

Also colorful with a wacky theme.
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30. Board Game: duck! duck! Go! [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2832]
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Programmed movement a-la Robo Rally.

No pew-pew action, but fast, easy, silly, and heck, the ducks are "collectible" shake
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31. Board Game: Aquädukt [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1366]
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Ok, it was released more than 'a year or so' ago, but I wanted to include it because we've had great success with this one. It's a good intro to tile placement, and sort of hints at resource management and area control in a simpler format than Settlers. It has only a few components and no text. We played this with three sets of noobs and two of them went out and immediately bought it.
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32. Board Game: Trans Europa [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:864]
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...or TransAmerica...whatever your preference. I use this actually as a Gateway game to Ticket to Ride.

I literally had players aged 8 to 80 (...83 to be exact) playing this last weekend.

Ticket to Ride Europe came out soon after.

You might want to keep that consistency - TransAmerica - Ticket to Ride / TransEuropa - Ticke to Ride Europe
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33. Board Game: Leaping Lemmings [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1504]
John Bandettini
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One you never thought you would see, a real gateway game (not a gateway war game) from GMT. very simple game with quite a large helping of strategy. And it also manages to introduce some war game staples, hexes for movement and zones of control.
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34. Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:865]
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VERY easy to get into, kids and adults can enjoy it alike.......the rules are very easy & straight-forward....my 7 year old picked this game up within 5 minutes and loves to play.


heck, even growm-ups can enjoy a night at the track without losing the mortgage $


this is a MUST-TRY/BUY

and I am guessing Z-Man's ROAD KILL RALLY will be the same
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35. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:897]
Dhiraj Pallin
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I've played this 3 times now with fussy players, and the approval rating has been very positive.

Quite an easy game to teach, however it takes a patient person to read the rules as they are a bit messy, and require that you also read the recently released FAQ to iron out some minor ambiguities.

However the game itself is actually pretty simple and intuitive and to quote others "captures all the thrills of hide & seek in a board game". Actually the game is half way between hide and seek and capture the flag Themes that appeal to almost anyone!
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36. Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008 [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:813]
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Works for pretty much every person I've introduced it to. Gateway to..... deck building games? Or perhaps 1960? Or perhaps TS?
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37. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Battle for the Underdark [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:678] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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Gateway to miniatures gaming? Not really a new system, but it's the latest introductory set ("Master Set") in the series.
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38. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:343] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Gateway to "thematic" games?
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39. Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:767]
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Gateway to block wargaming. Not necessarily the simplest of block games, but it's still fairly simple to grasp. Rulebook is only 8 pages long.
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40. Board Game: Fields of Fire [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:972]
Ian Peters-Campbell
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Santa Cruz
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Since we're vastly expanding and specializing the definition of "gateway"...

Fields of Fire is a really good gateway from "complex solitaire wargames" to "very complex solitaire wargames"
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41. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:940] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
Jacob Ossar
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This one plays fast, is not too complex, and drips with theme. It's funny, even. A quick pick-up for anybody who doesn't find bimbotacular card art off-putting.
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42. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:210]
Conrad Lumm
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Brooklyn
New York
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Republic of Rome is a great gateway to games with incomprehensible, hundred-page rulebooks.

I used it to introduce my eight-year-old to my favorite subgenre, games where a flow chart of viable strategies would include three dozen if/than statements.

I used it to get my senile grandmother into board games, too. I've been known to knock out a game in ten minutes with her and a few of her friends at the nursing home.
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43. Board Game: Lost Cities: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:704]
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This isn't a game I bring to game night, but it has been popular at home with family, and as a gateway game.
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44. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:477]
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OK, it's not new (2006), but it is definitely overlooked as even a decent game. It is really good. Tactics galore and at their best. Elegant, simple, fast,... awesome.
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45. Board Game: Mystery Express [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1038]
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For those fans of CLUE that are looking for something a little deeper. cool
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46. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:313]
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I've used this to introduce a lot of newbies. Been playing at lunch at work not only is it easy to explain and fun, It looks cool too as you play so people walking by get sucked in.
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47. Board Game: Tiki Topple [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1576]
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We've used this with great success over the past year or so. There is basically no setup time. The components are attractive. The rules are simple. I think it's great. The only potential problem with using it as a gateway is that it has a 'take that' element. Also, it is quite possible to end a round without earning any points.
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48. Board Game: FITS [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:877]
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This worked really well with my family. They loved Tetris anyway, so it was easy to convince them to try it. Now THEY try to convince ME all the time to play it...
Anyway, easy rules, nice bits, fast gameplay: it's fun.
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49. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:432] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Russell Johnston
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Hagerstown
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Easy enough to learn that my 7 year old twins can play competitively but with enough strategy that more experienced gamers can enjoy a good game.
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50. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:438]
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