Best Boardgames for First Timers?!
Morten Gerdes
Denmark
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Being a real BoardGameGeek it is sometimes hard to share your passion with people who have very little experience in Boardgames. Especially when the boardgames that I like best is the boardgames with an extensive rulebook.

I have tried introducing games like Agricola, Puerto Rico and Le Havre to some of my friends but the extensive rulebook kills them before we even get started. And as you know these games often requires multiple games before the understanding of the mechanics really reveals the potential of the game.

So what one really need is a game that does not include the extensive rulebook and does not take more than 3 hours to complete. But I really have a hard time finding games that have the nerve and excitement as games like Agricola and Le Havre, but is much more playable for first timers.

Please make your suggestions for the next purchase of a first timers game.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Morten Gerdes
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I've tried Carcassonne as this is a low rule volume game and does not take more than 30 - 60 minutes to complete.

But the game just doesn't do it for me. The excitement dissapears with the lack of action opportunities, it is way too trivial to capture my full attention.
 
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Also anything off this list would be applicable:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/42454/interesting-ligh...
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3. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:989]
Tomello Visello
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Reston
Virginia
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Rules are plenty simple, playing time is not burdensome, conflict provides near-immediate feedback, individual scoring rounds allow for intermediate analysis and reconsideration of tactics.

Appetites are whetted for what things can be, thereby paving the way for investing time later in games that require more startup effort.

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4. Board Game: La Strada [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2656]
Tomello Visello
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Reston
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Simple lesson in a resource management mechanism.
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5. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:900]
The Grouch
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Tucson
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Another simple train game for first timers.
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