Starting my Game Library - Suggestions?
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After years of wargaming, I've found the inevitable need to play more games with the my "non-gamer" family and friends. This means cutting back on rules and complexity, but still retaining the fun and challenge.

Luckily I got a good start with the advice of a friend and bought Clans and Cartagena. With low rules/complexity but good fun/challenge as guidelines, what would be some further, good additions.
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1. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:846]
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I consider this more fun than challenging. I hear the variant is a bit tougher. It is still a great game that is quick and easy to set up and learn.
 
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2. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1136]
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With absolutely nothing random, you can't blame anything on the dice (a common thing with many family). A real challenge and yet very straightforward rules.
 
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3. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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This is one of the best games that has very simple rules and is accessible to non-gamers but it is very engaging for gamers as well. Also has elements of area control which I'm guessing might appeal to a war-gamer.
 
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4. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:133]
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This is a very engaging auction game that is very accessible to non-gamers as well as loved by everyone else (as the ratings indicate). Also is great with 3 players which is a big plus. Unfortunately this one is OOP at the moment. I got mine on ebay for $60 and it was worth every penny though.
 
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