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My SO and I are avid gamers. We often bring games to family events. We don't bring anything too brain-burny, as usually kids and the grandparents are playing. Now it's pretty much expected that we will bring games. Board game evangelical success!

This list includes games that are good for exposing non-gamers to the hobby. Please add games that your non-gaming family members have enjoyed.
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1. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:192]
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A great, quick introduction to worker placement games, and much friendlier than actual Agricola.
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2. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:53] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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Although I never caught the Codenames bug myself (that is a topic for another time), I've heard from many people that non-gamers love it. It's a double-edged sword though: while it can get family into games, they also may want to play nothing but Codenames for HOURS, long after you have tired of it.
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3. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:446]
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A fast, frantic, and fun introduction to co-ops. (Although the timed-play may not appeal to everyone - my son refuses to play it because it "stresses him out.")
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4. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:291]
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Another great light co-op.
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5. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:112]
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Excellent set collection with just enough strategy to be interesting, but not enough to hurt your opponent's brain. And camels!
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6. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:237]
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Monster-fighting dice chucker that will free you from the shackles of your Yahtzee-playing youth.
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7. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:220]
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A great introduction to bluffing and deduction. And a quick, silly game that all ages seem to enjoy.
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8. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:59]
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This game sounds ridiculous on the surface - quilting? Really? But I have yet to introduce it to someone who didn't ask me to immediately play it again.
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9. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:260]
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Lying? Bribery? Perfect for family bonding.
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10. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:121]
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Loved by kids and grandparents alike. My dad is also now totally addicted to the iOS app.
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11. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:368]
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Super cute and accessible card drafting.
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12. Board Game: Telestrations [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:230]
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Our go-to party game. If you don't cry laughing while playing this with your family, you may be dead inside.
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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:134] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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This is my go-to euro gateway that everyone in my family loves.
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14. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:351]
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15. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:1595] [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked]
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16. Board Game: Sanssouci [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1302]
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A great medium to light weight family game that stll has plenty of strategy. Also great as a two player game.
Another one would be Carcassonne. You will likely get hooked and want to add some of the expansions.

Oh--I almost forgot this one: Lanterns
My non-gaming relatives love this one.
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17. Board Game: Onitama [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:187]
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For the chess playing folks.
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18. Board Game: Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:157]
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A very easy to learn game, but it still has a lot of interesting decisions. In my games with non-gamers, they usually do very well.
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19. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:205] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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I like to play Dixit and Codenames, because you have to think about what hints to give in a particular group of people.
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20. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:764] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
Jay Reigns
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Carcassonne and Catan always end up with people stacking their wooden bits between turns. It's only logical to make that the whole game.
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