I'm looking for a game I'll actually get to play
Kyle Murphy
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I'm one of those "gamers" who loves to play some good games but only rarely ever gets a chance to. When I do get to bust out a game it's usually with a group of people who aren't actually gamers. I play some games with my roommates, or with my family, or occasionally with other friends, but usually it'll be with new people or with people who just aren't interested in anything deep.

Because of the people I get to play with, I'm usually very limited to my game selections. I can hardly bust out A Game of Thrones when I'm playing with my roommate's girlfriend who still struggles with Settlers of Catan.

I would very much appreciate some suggestions on which games I should be looking at picking up to expand my choices with the people I play with. While I love buying new games that I think would be awesome to play (like Agricola), I really need to start buying games that will actually have a chance to hit the table. Feel free to add games to the list that you think would work. Thanks!
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Kyle Murphy
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Settlers is typically the game that I play with people who don't play a lot of games. It's usually fairly popular, although I do run across people occasionally who just can't seem to understand it. Another negative to it is that it only supports 3-4 people, while I often have 5 or even 6 playing.
 
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Kyle Murphy
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Carcassonne is a fairly recent acquisition (within the past year or two) that has been a big hit with my family and decent with others. Another good thing is that since it's fairly new I still find it decently interesting.
 
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3. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:320]
Kyle Murphy
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Pittsburgh
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Citadels is another game that my family enjoys, and one that my sister actually has requested before (definitely a shock when that happened). One very good thing about Citadels is that it scales well with different amounts of people. I loaned it to my friends a few months ago, definitely need to get it back.
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4. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1027]
Kyle Murphy
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Bang is one that scales fairly well with different amounts of people, which is nice. I don't really bring it out all that often though, because it tends to frustrate me with all of the player elimination.
 
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5. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1028]
Kyle Murphy
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I actually own this game but have never played it. After reading the rules I just was not all that interested in the game. Should I give this one another shot, or was my first impression accurate?
 
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Kyle Murphy
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I've been considering purchasing Ticket to Ride, as it seems to be one that I could enjoy while being simple enough for new people that they can understand the strategy. I think I might enjoy TtR: Europe more, but it seems that the original would be a better option for the people I play with.
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7. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:338]
Kyle Murphy
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I've played RoboRally before a few years ago and enjoyed it a bit, but I can't quite remember if it's a game that would be good for non-gamers. Thoughts?
 
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8. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Kyle Murphy
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I haven't checked this one out all that much, but it looks like it could be one that I find interesting and that might be simple enough for those that I play with.
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9. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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This is a simple, quick card game that still has some strategy. It's been very easy for me to introduce to people.
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10. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:121]
James Ludlow
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If you have exactly four players, this game is a ton of fun. It's easy enough that you can teach it to non-gamers, but still deep enough to reward the more skillful players over time.

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11. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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It's tough for anyone to resist playing this, especially if they are watching others play. You can teach the game in 3 minutes, and while newbies will be terrible, they can still play and have fun.

 
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12. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:575]
Brad Johnson
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Crystal Lake
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This is one I almost always pull out first as a good choice for non-gamers.
 
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13. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:379]
Henrik Lantz
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A great family game for 2-4 players. One of the key aspects of this game is that the players get to "dig" for archaeological treasures by pulling chits out of a bag. By good play you can maximize the number of chits you pull. Will you get the golden mask of Tutanchamon or just sand? This is quite exciting, for non-gamer or gamers. Also, this is not a random luckfest, there are plenty of interesting decisions in the game. Very enjoyable.
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14. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:899]
Chazar
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TransAmerica is by far my most-played game. I start to hate it for that.
* very easy to explain (in less than a minute)
* racing element makes it very appealing to many people,
* plays well with young and old, experienced and inexperienced
* plays well with a huge range of players (3-6 people)
* the box is small and easy to carry
* the railroad theme is natural and easy to comprehend
* plays very quickly
* the turns are games for themselves, i.e. people may join in or leave at any turn without interrupting the overall game

I use it open the evening, while we are waiting for people to arrive, with people joining as they arrive - even those who did not know it before. We also often play it as "just one more fast one" at the end of the evening.
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15. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:260]
Mark Paul
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Springfield
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This is an easy game which provides some good gaming.
 
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16. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:988]
Mark Paul
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This classic has simple rules and quite a bit of strategy.
 
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17. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:725]
Murray C
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Vancouver
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I highly recommend this game over Bang!

It is relatively easy to explain (but you may have to play through a round or two before people get it) and has a good amount of strategy and replay value.
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18. Board Game: Alhambra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3009] [Average Rating:6.19 Unranked]
Murray C
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Vancouver
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I'm actually enjoying this game quite a bit. It's very easy to learn and you can work your way from the base game, to the Alhambra tile variation and then to Alhambra itself.
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19. Board Game: Portobello Market [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1716]
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This will probably be either a hit or a miss. There is plenty of AP-worthy mechanics here, but it's extremely easy to learn how to play and gateways into much better games smoothly.
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20. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:129]
Murray C
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Try out a no/looser time limit of this game, it's pretty fun. You may want to limit the game to two rounds as well, as the first game tends to be too long and overstays its welcome.
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