Games that have a set of "beginner" rules
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Some games have a specific set of rules or rules recommendations for newcomers to the game.

Perhaps the rules simply shorten the game by removing some of the phases or rounds. Perhaps the rules remove or change certain aspects of the game to make it easier to grasp for new players.

Which games are these?
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Family Game

You barely get into the English rule book when you find a bold paragraph stating that it is "strongly recommended" that you use the "Family Game" rules during your first play.

These rules remove the Occupation and Minor Improvement cards.
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2. Board Game: Caylus Magna Carta [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:671]
 
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This game has a full set of "Beginner" and "Standard" rules.

The beginner rules remove several of the buildings and the provost.
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3. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:27]
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I haven't played this one but I understand there is a "Simple," "Advanced" and "Full" game.
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4. Board Game: Maka Bana [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2516]
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This one as an advance set of rules
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5. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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It as 3 setting beginer, Normal and Heroic not a big diffenrence in the rules aside from more card to kill you quicker
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6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:50]
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The game has a starting hand that each player gets when they first play.
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7. Board Game: Hacker: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:4733]
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This one has beginner and advanced rules.

Also, the advanced rules are modular, so you can gradually add any or all of them.
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8. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:539] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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I believe this one has several recommendations for new players. I wished I had read the rules and seen them the first time I played.
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9. Board Game: Samsara [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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In this game, the rules recommend you start out with 5 dummy pawns on the board, so that players have a chance to absorb passive followers before going after other players'.
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10. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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I believe this game has a suggested starting set of decks.
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11. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:81]
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I would never recommend anyone use these beginner rules, as they seem to be horribly unbalanced... but it belongs on the list
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12. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:640]
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It has a very bland family version with simpler secret objectives and no bonus for tallest buildings.
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13. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:312]
 
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It has a standard and a progress version. The former does not use bonus tiles, and it has different rules for the boatmen, making it easier to get your unplaced vikings to the islands.
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14. Board Game: Kingdom of Heroes [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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In this game of mine, the beginner's version is not in the rules available for download, but I have written it for a prototype to be presented to Brazilian publishers. That version basically eliminates the two neutral heroes.
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15. Board Game: War for Edaðh [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:6725]
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Has a rulebook - The Art of the Apprentice - that you play as you read and teaches the basic/beginner's game. It then teaches a more full game and in the main rulebook - The Art of the Warrior - there are expanded rules. Modular ruleset allows you to play with the rules you want.
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16. Board Game: First to Fight [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:6758]
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A simplified set of 'Boot Camp' rules are included.
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17. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:724] [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
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GIPF has basic rules, not using the GIPF pieces, thus only introducing the mechanisms. Without the GIPF pieces, you have less depth, less possibilities and thus a shorter game (unless you suffer from AP ).
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18. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:368]
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Schotten Totten has a set of action cards you can use for a more tactic game, although I don't think you really need them to have some fun.
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19. Board Game: American Megafauna [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2875]
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20. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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This game makes the learning curve much easier. The first missions of this "co-op spaceship defense against assaults in real time" are just "training missions", the threats are not too many, the first mission is not random at all!

Later, there are harder things to come!

Perfectly done!
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21. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:429]
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Has a beginner rules booklet and an advanced player rules booklet along with a set of optional rules. We recently purchased this game and have only played the beginner rules which basically teach you how to get around the track, how to change gears and what wear points are all about. I'm usually playing with kids so this version works great for us. Advanced rules appear to make the game much more interesting as things like weather conditions, road damage and a more rigid breakdown of wear points are thrown in.
 
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