The Path towards Enlightenment
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The path on which the unenlightened ones can follow to become a Gamer. Start at 1, move towards 10, do not, repeat do not, pass go....
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1. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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I have yet to teach anyone this game who has not enjoyed it, and it opens the path to becoming a Gamer. At this point that is approximately 40 people. Ten of those were 25 years ago.
 
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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The next step. Only one person out of the approximately 30 people introduced to this classic by me has'nt loved it.
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Not my personal favorite, but newbies seem to easily grasp and like this classic.
 
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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The Holy Grail. Easier to grasp than most people think. While newbies get crushed, they are fascinated at the same time.
 
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5. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Give their brains a break, tease them with something light and simple. Did I mention fun?
 
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6. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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The best of the best. Challenge them again with a game with great depth. About 50% will love it, 40% will like it.
10% will be lost. Now it's time to cull that 10%.
 
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7. Board Game: Catan: Seafarers [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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Retreat for awhile to familar shores. ( pun intended.)
 
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8. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:469]
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Similar in concept to Acquire, they grasp it fast, they begin to feel that they too can become a master.


 
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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At first they say, oh no, it's too similar. But within ten minutes they are hooked.
 
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10. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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Are they ready? I will let you know.
 
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