Suggestions for Beginner Boardgamers, a.k.a. a Gateway List
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This list should give some suggestions for easy to learn and fun games for beginner
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Please note: this is NOT a definitive list

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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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3. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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4. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:111]
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5. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:267]
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6. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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Not exactly a gateway game, but can be enjoyed by non-experienced gamers
 
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7. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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A good starter auction game.
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8. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:442]
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Another great auction game that's easy to pick up.
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