Describing games using games non-gamers have heard of
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Whenever I talk about games to a non-gamer, they always (understandably) want a comparison to one they've actually heard of ("So, it's like Monopoly?"). They also don't care for masses of detail. So, what's the simplest comparison you can make using games they have heard of, while still capturing the essence of the game?
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1. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:206]
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Bug chess.
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Scrabble with colours and shapes instead of letters.
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Cluedo, except you're trying to kill him instead of find his murderer.
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4. Board Game: Wallamoppi [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:7633]
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Timed Jenga with discs.
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Etymology Pursuit.
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6. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:340]
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Colour dominoes.
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7. Board Game: Kensington [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15157]
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Nine Men's Morris, but bigger.
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8. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1478]
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Like Stratego, but with cards and special powers.
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9. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:71]
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Dominoes with more rules.
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Poker...with dragons and fake money.
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11. Board Game: Hot Potato [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:13765]
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It's like that other game called hot potato...but with cards...
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12. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:440]
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Pastel Go.
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13. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:369]
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Is like:



Except you get to trade tiles.
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14. Board Game: Risk 2210 A.D. [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1054]
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It's Risk, but there's nukes and you can fight on the moon!
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15. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:588]
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Like Yahtzee, but with meaningful choices.
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16. Board Game: Monopoly Deal Card Game [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:1853]
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Like Monopoly, but I'll actually play this with you. whistle
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17. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:127]
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Okl this really is a shot at one of my gaming buddies
but this
and about any other trick takeing game
is just like
Euchre

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18. Board Game: Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:8460]
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Chinese checkers, with chess-like moves
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19. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:531]
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It's like Monopoly. You:
Own Property
Trade with the active player
Roll dice each turn to see where you land

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20. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1112]
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I tell non-gamers it combines "Clue" with "Guess Who?", and is set in the Middle Ages. I tell them that they are eliminating suspects based on whether the monk is tall or short, fat or thin, bearded or not, and so forth. I tell them that if they like the Brother Caedfael mysteries or enjoyed the movie of The Name of the Rose, they'll probably like Mystery of the Abbey.
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