What games in the top 500 have the easiest rules?
Michael Stachiw
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I've had quite a few game nights this year introducing new games. Most of the games we spend a good amount of time during firstplay covering rules. We just played Ticket to Ride and it was so straight forward within the first 10 minu got to playing it without fuss or referencing a rulebook. We played Gift Trap the same day and found the rules more complex.

I am curious what the more experienced fellow geeks thought had the easiest rules of the top 500?
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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2. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:620]
 
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This is the simplest one I can think of off the top of my head. It makes "TTR" look difficult by comparison.
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3. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:334]
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As well as those above , this is very straightforward.
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4. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:524]
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Place a piece. Must touch a previously placed piece of your color at a corner, not at a flat side. When no more pieces can be placed, winner is the person with the fewest piece segments remaining unplaced.
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5. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:133] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Simple and balanced to boot
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6. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:887]
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So easy, you can play and learn the game at the same time with no problems
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7. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:676]
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Place penguins on fish.
Move one penguin in straight line.
Take tile where started.
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8. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:847]
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The third game that came to mind when I saw the Geeklist title:

Take three actions a turn:

1. Play a card and move to the next free matching symbol, or
2. Move backwards to the nearest space with 1-2 pirates and take that many cards.

First to get all their pirates on the ship wins!

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9. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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I recently learned and taught my family El Grande. I am a newbie and it was a very positive experience for me to go through the rules and teach it. The rules are clearly explained and not complicated. El Grande is still a complex and meaty game.
 
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10. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:630]
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Roll, or Stop Rolling.
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11. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:123]
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This has my vote for the easiest rules for carrying out your turn—just place one of your stones on an intersection.
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12. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:293]
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Play or discard one card, then draw a card. Anybody can pick it up quickly. It's quick and fun--but only works for two players. I think the board game version loses some of the nice simplicity of the two-player card game.
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13. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:366]
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See ^^^ (Lost Cities)

Rules are just as easy, and it's a better game.

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14. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:899]
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It's hard to get much simpler than TransAmerica or TransEuropa. Just connect your 5 cities before everyone else connects theres. Oh yeah, and everyone can use the same track.
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15. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:661]
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Pretty straight forward, especially if you explain it in the context of Scrabble, and you know there can't be duplicates within a set.
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16. Board Game: Quoridor [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:996]
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Pretty minimal - block or move.
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17. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:575]
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18. Board Game: Sorry! Sliders [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1495]
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Keep your hands behind the line, take turns, and score as shown on the board. Good break-the-ice game, especially with lighter gamers.
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19. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:731] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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Stacking wooden animals. Tricky, but not rule-intensive.
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20. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Not the easiest, but among the easiest.
Draw 5 cards, play 1, buy 1, discard all.
The rest is handled by the card text.
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21. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:208]
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Lay tile,
Form company,
buy stock,
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22. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:503]
 
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Really simple rules. There are a total of four possible actions a unit can take, including "Do nothing."

With a few exceptions, conflict resolution is also simple.
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23. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:204]
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- Object is to surround the opponent's queen bee on all sides.
- Begin with an empty layout and place pieces as necessary; placed pieces can touch only your own pieces at first (except the first one placed by each player)
- Queen bee must be placed on or before each player's 4th turn.
- Once the queen bee is placed, pieces can be moved according to their function; bee moves one hex, beetle moves one hex but can climb onto other pieces, spider moves three hexes, ant moves as many hexes as it wants, hopper jumps over a line of adjacent pieces.
- A piece can never be moved such that the hive becomes split into two, even if the move reconnects the hive when completed.
- Except the hopper and beetle, pieces cannot move if surrounded on five or six sides.

Maybe a bit more than some of these, but that's IT; that's every rule you need to know to play the game.
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