Infectious Gaming Exposure: Two then Seven players?
Greg Pool
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Carmel Valley
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This last Thanksgiving I was trying to bring games that my lovely wife and I could play two-player that would draw in the rest of the non-gaming family. This way they could look over our shoulders at the game, learn the basics, and then ask to get in when we expanded it to more players. Games had to be easy enough to learn and if nobody wanted in would still be fun to play by ourselves. Add yours?

NOTE: It's gotten to the point where I'm expected to throw something down at the holidays that they've never heard of it before. It was my mother-in-law's first T-day with my family, and she was already asking "when will we be playing games?"
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1. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
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Pitch Car was the immediate success, even with the five year-old nephew. Top number of players: 5.
 
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2. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:569] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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The jigsaw puzzle crowd thought this was a fun brain teaser, and everyone else seemed to get in when they wanted to. Top number of players: 6
 
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3. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1016]
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Didn't get to this one, but had high hopes. I would have removed the "book" cards to make it simple, but eventually would have added the High Noon cards if things went right. Maybe Christmas?
 
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4. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:170]
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I should have brought this, because it's my mother-in-law's favorite. We could have easily picked up one more player.
 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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Tried this last year, and a few couldn't figure out the trading part and got frustrated. Dang. Top number of players: 6.
 
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6. Board Game: Evo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:756]
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Tried this last year, and actually got a good three person game going. And it actually plays ok for two with this variant (see http://boardgamegeek.com/article/17773 ).
 
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Tried this last year, and everyone picked up on the mechanic pretty quickly. Top number of players: 5.
 
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Tried this last year, and it was a hit. Top number of players: 5.
 
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