Games you would expect/want in a boardgame cafe
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So..... there's alot of talk around the geek about setting up board game cafes and the such. So my question is what games would you like to see or expect, at your local board game cafe.
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1. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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Good game with sturdy components. Really good idea for heavy wearing situations
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2. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:659]
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A good abstract game with simple rules.
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3. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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Again, a good game with simple rules. I would think, in a boardgame cafe, you'd want games that don't take a long time to play or have too many rules to learn.
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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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5. Board Game: Guess Who? [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:15306]
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6. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15320]
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you need to have some games that the masses will recognise!

When I visited Snakes and Lattes in Toronto, the majority of people were playing the three games above and Scrabble, etc. I would avoid games like Scrabble or Monopoly because they can take up a huge amount of time and, therefore, potential customers.
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7. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2350] [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
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Especially if you're selling booze, this will be a huge hit!
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8. Board Game: DVONN [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:346] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Practically indestructible. The rest of the series too.
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9. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Cheap, easy to learn, possibly addictive (get them coming back!)
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10. Board Game: Keep Quiet [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
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Ideal world: a quiet space for the thinky games and a separate loud space for the party games.
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11. Board Game: Blokus 3D [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:882] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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Very durable components.
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12. Board Game: Army of Frogs [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4000]
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By the same maker as Hive but playing 2-4 and even a tad simpler, this game has the same indestructible kind of components as Hive.

As a bonus to us Brits, it is probably easy to find cheap having been offered at the Works for 6.99 or so. You might still find some around!
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13. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1072]
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The game remains playable even if cards get marked or lost.
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14. Board Game: The Dutch Golden Age [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3241]
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I'd play this one.
 
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15. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Because I bloody love me some tichu
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16. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Maybe a few 'gateway' games to get people into the hobby
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17. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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see above
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