A Teenager's Guide to Casual Gaming
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This is my first geeklist, so please bear with me.

I am a teenage gamer and every now and then I invite a bunch of friends round to play games.
On this particular Games Day, there were about 10-12 teenagers ranging in age from 13-19, and most had been raised on Monopoly and Risk. Although many are very intelligent, about half had never come to a Games Day before. Due to the size of the group and the general inexperience, I decided not to push the slightly more complex games on offer and let the group choose what to play.

Below are the games that got played. I decided that the most important factors were simplicity, interesting looks, playable with many people and/or a short playing time.

I am looking to expand my repertoire of games round this level, so please feel free to add comments, suggestions or successes with this type of group.

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1. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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This is practically the Holy Grail of my group. By the end of the day mostly everyone knew how to play it, and I didn't even have to teach it myself- the group taught each other. Definitely a favourite.
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2. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:676]
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Another favourite that I didn't get to play as it only takes 4 players. Its simplicity is a wonder to behold and I'm sure it will remain a favourite.
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3. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:372]
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A personal favourite of mine that was new to the whole group. Very well received- I foresee "can we play the bean game?" for the next Games Day.
However, the different rules for different size games got confusing, especially for those who had just learnt the rules (which was everyone but me. I was still confused, just not as much as they were). The scores for the 4 player game was surprisingly even- 20, 20, 19, 19, which was nice.
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4. Board Game: Rat-a-Tat Cat [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2451]
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The fast filler, perfect for filling in those few minutes before dinner of while waiting for another game to finish. Easy to teach and fast to play, this got quite a few plays.
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5. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:334]
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I was pleasantly surprised when this one was requested, as it was on the bottom of a large stack of games that I, rather shortsightedly, has chosen to sit directly in front of. Nevertheless, it was requested and played, multiple time I think. I was able to correct a small misapprehension over the placement of tiles from across the room, and even the most standoffish of my friends joined in. I'm not totally sure they played it completely right, but they enjoyed it and replayed it, and to us, that's the important thing.
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6. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3209] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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One of my friends brought this, and I am heartily grateful. Easy to teach, simple to play and anyone can be dealt in without finding themselves at a major disadvantage. We had a game of this pretty much continuously running, with people joining in or leaving as they wished. Provides lots of laughs and can be as complex or as simple as the people playing.
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7. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1144]
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At the end of the day, when most people had gone home, I 'encouraged' those friends remaining to try this. It took two games for them to really understand it, but they enjoyed it. One really liked the simplicity and look of the huts, while another commented "it takes longer to set it up than to play it". Hopefully now it has gained a toehold in the group I can bring it out next time.
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8. Board Game: Charades [Average Rating:4.95 Overall Rank:15268]
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During the after-dinner lethargy, we divided into teams to play The Word Game, a mixture of Taboo and Charades. It's proof that some of the best games are the oldest.
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9. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:597]
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Love it. it's easy to learn, social, and it's easy to add more than 4 players. It's kind of expensive and hard to find, but the board is high quality, and if you loose dice, they're cheap to replace.
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10. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:901]
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This was always a success with younger, unexperienced people. Half an hour play time for up to 6 players.
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11. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:605]
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It is for up to four five (sorry, never played it with 5), but it is hilarious fun without being "stupid".
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12. Board Game: The Climbers [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1205]
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Up to 5 players re-build a stack of blocks climbing higher and higher. Just put the components anywhere in the room and it will not stay unplayed. The only negative point is its price.
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13. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:524]
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Everybody loves this. Everybody wants to play this. Rules are explained in a minute. Whenever I came up with this in the youth club I work at, multiple games were played, because it is "only" for up to 4 players, and mlore wanted to play it. Spectators love to look and watch for good spots for the tiles for themselves, and during the endgame, all players and spectators are watching for the last possible spots together. It is always like this and the highest recommendation for your group, IMO.
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14. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:620]
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This is a good, short, press your luck game. It can accomodate from 3 to 10 player.
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15. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:859] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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Nice, casual game that's great to mix gamers and non-gamers with. There are two teams, but each player's loyalty is secret. Through deduction based on style of play, you need to figure out which team everybody is on in order to work together to advance your team's goals. Very quick and lite.

Don't forget to accuse people of being a Saboteur! just because it's fun to say "Saboteur!"

~3-10 players
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16. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:766]
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This should be a nice addition to the game list. It's easy to explain, beautoful pieces, and very fun with a small group of people. =)
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17. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
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I used to play this one during lunch with some coworkers. Again very simpel rules, agonizing choices, very fun, and cheap to buy. the box makes it easy to carry too.
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18. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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If you liked TransAmerica you might like this one too! It's a gateway way, which is very easy to teach and play. It's a bigger game, and it is very different than TransAmerica, but I think it will be a good fit for your group!
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19. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:620]
 
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THis game is perfect for a filler, and with a bigger group of people say like 7 or 8. It has no down time, plays very fast and it's real fun!!
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20. Board Game: 6 nimmt! Plus [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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Another good card game filler. Easy to teach and learn. Again very cheap to buy as well.
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21. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:923]
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I love this little card game. It has cute little drowning sheep on it!!

It's a nice little game for a group of people to play, no down time and quick, but not TOO quick. =)
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22. Board Game: Beetlez [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:10886]
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As a basketball coach and teacher I very often play with the type of gaming group you are describing. Beetlez has been a big hit.

These other games have gone over very well also:

Double or Nothing (same as Unnamed Object or Diamant)
TransAmerica (already mentioned)
Slide 5 (already mentioned)
Formula Motor Racing
Citadels (a little long but we only play to 6 districts to keep it short)
Repeat Pete! (this can be quite amusing)
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23. Board Game: The Campaign for North Africa [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:13350]
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I'm 13, so I thought it would be appropriate to add a suggestion for your group. This game seems to have everything you're looking for-easy to explain, fast, and sure to have them coming back for more!

Oh wait, you're playing with humans, not computers?

Never mind...
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24. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:178]
 
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This is a great game for larger groups. You can get the rules here on the geek, and it is played with regular playing cards.

Rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/40986/the-resistance

The only catch with this one is to be certain everyone playing understands fair play concepts and the honor system. If no one cheats this game is great fun.
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25. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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Very thematic, and it has a steep learning-curve. But once you get over that, it feels like a movie and a video game put into a board game. Might appeal to teenagers. I enjoy it a lot (I'm a teenager).
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