Games non-geeks might know about to use as hooks
Stephen Roney
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Rather than looking for "gateway" games again, I thought it might be helpful to examine games that non-gamers might be familiar with, which could be used to better describe the games you want them to play. Saying what board games you are excluding (Monopoly, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Cranium, etc) is not all that helpful. Please comment or add any other games which might be well known and might have some features to grab on to.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:293] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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One of the early "euros", this may have been around long enough for people to have heard of it. I certainly had, though I still had pent up interest in these kinds of games. Haven't really had much luck ringing any bells by bringing this one up.
 
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2. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:212]
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In print (until recently) for over forty years, this game has a shot at being on someone's radar if they are receptive to these kinds of games.
 
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3. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6461]
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This is the main game that prompted me to start this list. It is (supposedly) a European game, and while it is showing its age, it is at least a game with some of the the same mechanisms of some of the modern card games, especially games with "action cards", like Ivanhoe.
 
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4. Board Game: Waterworks [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:14596]
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Another game with some of the same mechanics of some modern games. Both the "action card" mechanic, and also tile-laying, where the adjacent cards require matching. I think this game is the main reason my wife was able to deal with Very Clever Pipe Game so quickly.
 
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5. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:14909]
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It occurs to me that Mastermind might be another game people would know about, though its relationship to modern games might be difficult to bridge in that way. However, a person familiar with Mastermind (and who likes it), might be a candidate for conversion.
 
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