Top Games to play with Casual or Non Gamers
Brent Hafner
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We often find it hard to convince our non Gamer or Casual Gamer friends to play board games with us. This actually lead us to the inception of a game we are creating called The Ginger Wars which we are hoping will appeal to this crowd.

In the meantime I wanted to list some of the games we enjoy playing with our casual gamer or non gamer friends.

Please add to the list for more people to reference.
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1. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
Tim Benjamin
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Los Alamos
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An easy 'dexterity' game that people of any age can play (actual scoring optional). Plays 2 or 4 in rounds lasting only 5 minutes (15 minutes for a full game). Custom boards are a bit pricey but will be passed down through future generations.
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I was a little iffy about adding this to the list, but my wifes mom enjoyed playing it.

Couldn't convince my own mom to play it though
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3. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:259]
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Such a simple mechanic but yet so fun!

My whole family loves to play this one
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4. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:304]
Richie Turner
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Bennington
Nebraska
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Libertalia plays fast and is easy to teach. Most people get into the theme of the game as well arrrh
 
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5. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:323]
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This was another one that I was a bit iffy about adding to the list. But my non gamer friends enjoyed playing this but it was hard to convince them to give it a try!
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6. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:338]
Tim Benjamin
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Very simple rules but the scoring will take a little explanation until it clicks for everyone. Can be played equally well with 2, 3, or 4.
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7. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:347]
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Great little drafting game. Very accessible. Simple rules, cute artwork, fun theme. You're grabbing sushi as it goes past on the conveyor, so take one and pass the rest on. Score cards each round, but save puddings until the end. Much easier to teach than 7 Wonders or Fairy Tale.
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8. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
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Got My Mom and Grandad to play this one!
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9. Board Game: Skull [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:432]
Richie Turner
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Bennington
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I've had a lot of success introducing Skull to Casual/Non gamers. Fast, portable and provides a lot of laughs!
 
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10. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:527]
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Incredibly simple rules:
1) 1st piece must touch your starting corner (only 1 piece won't so fit)
2) All subsequent pieces must touch at least 1 of your played pieces but only with their corners touching (no constraints on touching the other players' pieces)
3) Try to play all of your pieces, ideally, the '1' piece last

Can be played with 2 (reduced play area) or 4.
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11. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:580]
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Another simple card game that takes a bit of careful explanation but then the strategy or chaos ensues. Plays 2 (most strategic) to 10 (most chaos). Some claim that random play is equally effective so solo play is possible using 1 to 9 'dummies'.
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12. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:595]
Chris Nason
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Waterville
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A very accessible, fast-playing, intro-level co-op with great production values. We use the optional island layouts to add a lot of variety.
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13. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:624]
Richie Turner
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Fun push your luck game with a simple rule set.
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14. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:777]
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If they won't play this, they won't play anything. It's so intuitive that it barely needs any explanation of the rules, so even my friends/family who look at my other games and dismiss them as "too complicated" can get into Tsuro.
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15. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:872] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Another easy game to play that my little cousins loved.
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16. Board Game: La Boca [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1052]
Daniel Valencia
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Every casual gamer that I have introduced this to has enjoyed it. It is a timed puzzle game where players play in alternating teams.

Fantastic game, highly recommended.
 
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17. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1109]
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This one is a lot of fun for casual gamers. They are usually super interested in the fact that the box is part of the board.
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18. Board Game: Wings of War: Deluxe Set [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1159]
Tim Benjamin
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A very light 'wargame' than anyone can play (leaving out any special rules as desired). The miniatures are so appealing everyone will want to play. Can support an unlimited number of players (limited only by the number of purchased aeroplanes).
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19. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1714]
Matt Lewis
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Royal Palm Beach
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This one has become a favorite with my non-gamer family.
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20. Board Game: Monopoly Deal Card Game [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:1821]
Brent Hafner
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My little cousins love this game.

It can be quite fun if you take the deal breaker cards out of the deck.
 
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21. Board Game: The Big Idea [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2962]
Chris Nason
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Whether it's the Cheapass Games or FunForge version, this is a great game for casual or non gamers. If you aren't laughing hysterically while playing it, you have no soul!

 
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22. Board Game: Unexploded Cow [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3120]
Chris Nason
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A ridiculous premise, funny and whimsical art, and a good mix of skill and luck make this game a winner every time.
 
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23. Board Game: The Looney Bin [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:10320]
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Our favorite ice breaker.
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24. Board Game: Skip-Bo [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:15488]
Brent Hafner
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A classic cottage game for the whole family
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Any game in the ZMan / Filosofia series of "Deluxe card games" can appeal to casual and gamers. Some are weaker (Sky Tango) than others (Parade), but they are all at least good to great games.

Parade
Arboretum
Tichu
Chimera
Fairy Tale
Sky Tango
Lords of Scotland
Black Spy
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