Imagine you are opening a game shop in a non gaming city
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I do this exercise sometimes. Imagine that you have some money and are going to open a game shop in a city where people doesn't know much regarding games. Which games do you think you should have? The thing is selling good games that also may not bore the people and make them intersted in testing more games.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
 
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And I couldn't believe no one added Puerto Rico. This is the game I use as an intro game...
 
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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It seems that this game may help a lot to create a gaming community.
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3. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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You will need a collectible game like Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh ...(there are tons of it), that will make the customers visit your store again and again. Addicted teenagers will bring all their money into your store devil

While selling Magic cards use the opportunity to get people into boardgames cool
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Like the first one but with the advantage that couples may play it without waiting for the third person.
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5. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
 
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If you put the minis and terrain in the shop window, a lot of people will enter the shop asking for those strange figures you have there...
 
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6. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:478] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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For people that like abstracts, any Gipf game will appeal to them, but I think Zertz will attract alot of people for its beauty and they will stay for the game...
 
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7. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Probably the first one that every costumer should have to start loving the hobby
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8. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
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The LOTR theme would catch people's eye; not too expensive; and it's also a very neat game. Then when the customer returns and says "I liked that, is there anything else by Reiner Knizia?" you're off and running!
 
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9. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Ideal for couples that are not into gaming but want to try something cheap.
 
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10. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:369]
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When we try to introduce people to German games, this is usually the one that gets requested again.
 
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11. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:578]
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A little expensive but sure that people will love it!
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12. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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Cheap again. I'm sure it will not fail.
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13. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1167]
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Ideal for real large groups who wants to have a good time.
 
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14. Board Game: Coyote [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1865]
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I think it's impossible to not be in love with this game. I would sell it with a refund money guarantee.
 
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15. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1020]
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I believe this one should be on.

Great game. Great theme. Great fun.

Beautiful, too.
 
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16. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1150]
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I would like to have tons of it! Fast, cheap and if you are not satisfied I will return your money :-)
 
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17. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1078]
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I'm sure this could sell a lot of copies everywhere, to players and to non players
 
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18. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1018]
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This is a good possibility for large groups and it's playable nearly everywhere.
 
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19. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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I think that this cannot fail also, although I have always thought that the theme is a little "heavy".
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20. Board Game: Tanz der Hornochsen! [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2620]
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Ok, realistically you would not sell this as it's in German and noone would have any idea what it is about. But its a great gateway game that plays fast and can accomodate up to 8 players.

Just played it last weekend for the first time and plan on buying it soon. Maybe wait for the rio grande reprint before selling.
 
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21. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1493]
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Following the same reason as above, I would include Balderdash. This game scales upward for more players than advertised too...
 
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22. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2219]
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I have never played this, but as an alternative party-l;ike game, let's go with a german alternative - Barbarossa.
 
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23. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1504]
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And for a word game, you have to have Scrabble for its appeal.
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24. Board Game: Igloo Pop [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2553]
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OK, people with little children will need a game like this to play with them.
 
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25. Board Game: Quicksand [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3214]
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My idea of a game cheap and good.
 
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