Best 4-6 person game to introduce new adults to boardgaming!
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Trying to get our neighbor hood party gang to start board gaming instead of playing Poker or Craps every get together. Obviously this first game will set the tone for whether or not they will want to keep doing this, so my question to you is this. What Game would you break out to introduce new adult gamers to our wonderful hobby?
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1. Board Game: Dixit: Journey [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:370] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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This is what I was planning on breaking out. Based on how much fun they had with it on Will Wheaton's show.
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2. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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Fast and quick, and lots of fun! It also has a very light theme and thus is not too serious, which for me is a positive aspect when you are introducing something new.
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3. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:303]
Dan Edelen
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A little more complex than the games already mentioned, but I thought I'd preempt the usual Ticket to Ride listing and offer this more satisfying game. Of course, you can always default to TtR, but Airlines Europe is better in every way.
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4. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:905]
Dan Edelen
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Everyone likes this game. Pull a gun on your neighbors and get away with it.
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5. Board Game: Revolution! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1019]
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This game with the 5-6 player expansion Revolution! The Palace is a winner, with super-simple rules, yet satisfying gameplay.
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6. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43]
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I'm going to throw 7 Wonders out there with these caveats and warnings:

1. While this is a great game and will work up to 7 (or more with expansions), it is more polarizing than some other games. Some will really love it, while some may hate it.

2. Explaining the rules is the toughest part of this game, as there are many. That said, most people settle in quickly.

3. New players always get stuck on the science scoring rules. They also have problems understanding how cards chain and how resources are used from neighbors to buy cards.

4. The dreaded duplicate card in the tableau issue.

5. It may pay for you to sit out the first hand and simply be available to help others. This may be the most helpful piece of advice you get for dealing with newbies to the game.
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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This works for 5-6 if the Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals expansion is added. To address possible AP and make the game play faster, let people select a new tile at the end of their turn. This lets them search for a place to play it while others are taking their turns.
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8. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:162]
Mark Czerwinski
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I haven't had luck getting non-gamers interested in hobby games with most of the gateway stuff and I'm not sure why. Oddly enough, two games that I would view as too much for beginners have been the most successful at creating new boardgamers and this is the 1st game of the two. I think the combination of rolling dice and then figuring out creative things to do with those dice is what gets its hooks into people and they love it.

Interestengly, I got tired of the game and traded it after several plays but it got me a couple of new gamers to play with while it lasted.
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9. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:361]
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..and the other game was this, which is also in my top 10. I usually introduce this game with a few open-handed practice rounds so everyone can see how things work and then everything clicks. People seem to love this game and I do too!
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10. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:52]
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Young and old, people seem to love this one too. The most surprising thing about this game to me is that I would have thought the D&D theme would have scared people away, but it doesn't.
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11. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:259]
Jon Cormier
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This is easy to understand and plays really quickly. It's surprisingly engaging for a small quick filler.
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12. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:512]
Jon Cormier
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They already like gambling (poker and craps) and this can seat a lot of people if you make teams.

Easy to explain and I've not met anyone who didn't enjoy playing.
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13. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:181]
Claudine Finlay
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Everyone I have introduced this to has loved it. It plays 5-10 and it is just as good with 5 or 6 as it is with 8 or 9. It's easy to teach and fast to play. My other recommendation would be Telestrations which is a blast to play. Then when you've got them hooked you can bring out Powergrid
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14. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
Jeff Kayati
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I used this to introduce games to my non-gaming family with success.
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15. Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1321]
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Simple, fast, fun.
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16. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1215]
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This game really zips along. Many laughable moments after everyone reveals their simultaneous selections. Yet, it's probably different than anything they've played before and may lead to interest in trying new games.
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17. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1585]
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This one...

Great game for multiple player with easy to understand rules. The best part of the game is how players team up based on game play. There are three regions and after players place worders in one of those three areas, the 2 or 3 players that played in the same area now have to work with one another to make a decision.

Great intereaction and quite a bit of fun. Best with more players.
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18. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:374]
Michael Tunison
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We've had good success introducing non-gamers to this. Card games seem very approachable and the trading aspect makes this game very interactive, which is good in a more casual, friendly game environment.
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19. Board Game: Coyote [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1884]
Carlos Mourao
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I have the new version from GIGAMIC:


It is a simple bluffing and calculating game which for some reason engineers awalys seem to like!
Always a hit due to its simplicity and fun!
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20. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:764]
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Hugely successful intro game for me, especially with males 10 and up.
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21. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:776]
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Plays quickly, about 20 minutes even with a full table. Was included in an episode of TableTop, if you want to take a look.
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22. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:625]
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Everyone plays all the time, so no downtime, and you only have to decide, Stay or Go? Not so different from staying in a hand of poker.
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23. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:132]
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As I mentioned in a earlier comment, I'm working on a conversion of a group of friends as well. It all started for my friends by breaking out Dixit while drinking one night. The next time we were at our place drinking they wanted more games. I went with a line-up of fillers. For Sale, Cloud 9, Villa Paletti. This made them curious to have a "real" game night.

I had 5 people for it and offered a game where we can beat each other up or a game where there are auctions and such (Power Grid). They wanted to beat each other up and Cyclades was brought out. It was a huge success. I highly recommend it as a gateway for people whose knowledge of boardgames begins with Risk and ends with Scrabble. I just gave advise where it seemed needed and warned them about the Pegasus and we were good. One person said "I can't believe how much fun I'm having" and the rest of the table quickly agreed.
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24. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:256]
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Easy enough for non-gamers, but enough interesting decisions for you. It plays up to 6 in an hour or so. Great theme and beautiful art make this even better.
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25. Board Game: Catan: 5-6 Player Extension [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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What? Settlers isn't on here yet?

A great introduction to Eurogames. (I think. It was MY first experience with them, and now I can't ever go back to roll-n-move.)
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