My Top Ten Games for Beginner Board Gamers
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These are ten games that I would recommend for those that are just starting out in the board gaming hobby. I have recently started playing board games more heavily than in the past and have found that these ten game offer a nice variety of tastes, mechanics and, group sizes. I've chosen these games because they are games that I turn to when I'm trying to get family and friends into playing board games.
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1. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
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This is a great starter game because it's simple to teach and set up. It's also cooperative which means that experienced players are able to help newcomers while playing without sacrificing any sort of competitive advantage. It plays two to four players and is perfect for families.
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2. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:227]
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Almost everyone loves games where they can throw dice around and King of Tokyo is one of the best. Light and fun, it plays two to six players and is extremely easy to learn. Think Yahtzee...with giant monsters!
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3. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:193] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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This is a fun and creative party game that can work with almost any crowd. Three to six players are supported and it's a great fit for groups with mixed ages. Another perfect game for families.
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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An instant classic, this game leaves Monopoly in the dust. Extremely easy to teach and it plays well for two players all the way up to five players. As far as classic style board games go, Ticket to Ride is one of the best.
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5. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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When you're looking for a fun and quick game for two people, look no further than Lost Cities. You will be ready to play in minutes with fun that can last for hours. It plays so quick that you'll be replaying it over and over.
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6. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:184] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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Don't let the title confuse you, this game features big fun. Another great game for families, Small World has specific boards for two to five players so that no matter the group size, the game plays well. Think of it like Risk with variable powers and races and it doesn't last for five hours.
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7. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:174]
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This extremely fun party game is your solution when you need something for a bigger group. The Resistance plays five to ten people and will have everyone second guessing each other as they try to figure out which team their neighbor is on. Easy to set up so you can start playing in minutes.
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8. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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This is another great cooperative game for two to four players and is probably my family's favorite game. From the same designer as Forbidden Island, Pandemic takes the concept of teamwork to another level. With a deeper and more customizable experience, this is a game you will be playing for a long time.
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9. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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This is the perfect gateway into the world of deck building. With an extremely simple set of mechanics, new players will pick up quickly. And with various setups to try, Dominion is a game that offers tons of replay value. Plays well from two to four players.
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10. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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As far as Euro-style games go, Settlers of Catan is probably the most visible and one of the easiest to learn. This was my entry into the hobby and it's a game I still love to play, especially with people who don't play board games. After one play, people always ask about playing more board games. A great game for families, it supports three to four players.
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