Games your local book store should carry?
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I'm working at a book store and our product manager has filled the shelves with the usual Monopoly/ Alias/ trivia games, with a couple of brighter choices (Power Grid, Saboteur, Citadels, Bohnanza..). But it's very difficult to really recommend anything to customers.

So, I turn to you in hopes of getting recommendations I could pass on to her. Better party and family games would be the top priority, the other 1/3 can be anything.
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1. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1637]
Dan Rosewater
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What would be a book store without Scrabble?
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2. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:362]
Kent Pritchett
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To me book stores should promote reading and story telling. So having a few copies of these to sell is not a bad idea.
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Some UK bookshops already carry this perfect gateway game.

Accessible, fun, cheap, perfect for Christmas.
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:101] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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TTR: Europe or USA it doesn't matter. Another wonderful family/gateway game that you can't go wrong with.
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:331] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Just to complete the holy trinity.

Make a non-gamer into a gamer this Christmas with this lovely euro that lets you build a little empire. Gateway friends although with stiff competition in recent years. Still a great game, that I would recommend to anyone who has ever enjoyed the thought of monopoly.
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6. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:487]
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From the designer of Carcassonne.

Ok so this one is not totally obvious.

A fun game, simple gateway game, about fleeing Pompeii and spreading the lava flow in a way that seals your opponents doom.
 
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7. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:231] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Perfectly executed unique party game for all the family, with wonderful art. A game for people you love.

All the awards are also worth a mention.

Could be interchanged with Dixit: Odyssey depending on price or desired group size.
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8. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:298]
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Just reprinted.

For a little bit more theme/ razzmatazz. This wonderfully clever, dice-euro that is simple to play, well balanced and offers great depths of play while being playable and enjoyable with 10 year olds.
 
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9. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
Stephen McHale
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A great family game where everyone is on the same team playing as fire fighters. What kid hasn't wanted to be a firefighter at some point in their lives? At least until they realize the pay sucks and it really is dangerous.

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10. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:574]
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This is a really popular party game, and a better trivia game than Trivial Pursuit. The game works so that, even if you don't know an answer yourself, you can still score points by betting on someone else's answer.
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11. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:939]
Dominic Crapuchettes
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North Star Games designs party games that don't suck! Play them with your non-gamer friends over the holidays.
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If you're looking for party games that are good, this is a great choice. It won the BGG Party Game of the Year award in 2008 and the Origins award in 2009. It is very simple, making it a great game for non-gamers, and it also promotes a lot of creativity, which seems like a good fit for a bookstore.
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12. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:221]
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Throw a few abstracts into the mix. This one is a very popular chess-like abstract that's touted for its extreme portability and durability; you can play it on pretty much any reasonably flat surface. Perfect for the coffeehouse crowd.
 
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13. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:90] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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... And just because I don't see it in the list yet and really like it, Stone Age is a fairly light WP game that gives you the flavor of Agricola with less AP and with a dice-rolling mechanic that gets new players interested. It's a great gateway for the Yahtzee crowd and a good family game.
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