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Gabriel Perez
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How much time will you have with the kids? I am going to think 1 hr or less.
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My eight year old daughter was in a Table Top club last year at school. She played King of Tokyo, Tsuro, Zombie Dice, Dixit, Ticket to Ride and Castle Panic.

I teach middle school and I think 7 Wonders and Pandemic would be fun too.
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Tomello Visello
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I have been the sponsor for several years of an after-school program for middle school. The focus was meant to be "strategy" games, with dice things basically excluded. Time frame was a constraint (a famous train series bypassed). Some that did fit and found an audience:

Ingenious
Cartagena
Carcassonne
Coloretto

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A few years back I helped organize a weekly after school board game group at my kids' school and had a good deal of success with

Carcassonne
Dixit
Bohnanza
Thebes
Mystery of the Abbey

I would also suggest you look at









And...if your are up to the (fun) chaos


Expansions can bring it from 5 to 8 players











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Andrew N
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Pacific Typhoon is easy, fun, cheap, educational and scales to a large number of players.
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Quatre Skies
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I would say that you want a mix of game types for middle school. Tsuro, Qwirkle, Bang, Fluxx, Smash Up, Ticket to Ride, Resistance/Coup/Avalon, and Love Letter.

One suggestion would be to view TableTop on YouTube. Wil Wheaton does a great job of explaining games and can give a good idea of how well a game will be received by a group.
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I'd focus on Gateway games:

Ticket to Ride
Catan
Carcassonne
Pandemic
Takenoko
Hanabi
Forbidden Desert
Forbidden Island
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Barry Cake
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I'm a school teacher and run a weekly board game club for exactly that age kids. The most popular games are:-

Labyrinth
Jamaica
Takenoko
Star Realms
Forbidden Island
Dungeon Fighter
Formula D
Zooloretto
Castle Panic
King of Tokyo

Focus on games with quick set up, shortish play time and that are easily explained.
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