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D.J. Abbott
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OK...I've got a non-gamer in my family that wants a board game for Christmas. She has played Bang and Fluxx and tends to like the low-medium strategy of both games. Can you all give me some ideas of some relatively easy but lots of fun games that you have played? There are tons of great high-strategy games I could get, but I want something in that "medium" category (medium by a non-gamers standards...not the BGG standards).

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
DJ
 
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Paul DeStefano
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Ingenious.
 
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Jim Ruddy
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Best Gateway Game I have ever seen:

Ticket to Ride Europe (& Ticket to Ride)

- Fun with 2 & 3 but best with 4 players.
- Plays in less than an hour.
- No Player Elimination
- Some player interaction, especially with more players, but you are pretty much in control of your own fate.
- Multiple layers of strategy & tactics. (Meaning that each time they play the game they will likey see another tactical or strategic option that they hadn't noticed before.)
- Fun and friendly learning curve. No frustration involved, just fun!
 
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Kent Reuber
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I second the recommendation for Ticket to Ride. Settlers and Carcassonne are both classic gateway games.

For recommendations, it always helps to know if there's a theme or mechanic that would interest the person. There are so many games to choose from.
 
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David McLeod
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All the above are fantastic choices for the new gamer.

RA goes over well with new players.

Picking the tiles out of the bag is too much fun.
 
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Kane Klenko
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Ingenious
Ticket to Ride
Double or Nothing
Pickomino
Coloretto
Bohnanza
Hey! That's My Fish!
Loot
Niagara
That's Life
Winner's Circle
 
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Tom Hancock
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I'd add through the desert to the list. Seconded on TTR
 
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T. Rosen
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Carcassonne or Ticket to Ride sound like good bets to me
 
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Sounds perfect for the BGG Gift guide: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Board_Game_Gift_Guide
 
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D.J. Abbott
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm leaning towards Ticket to Ride. I've got Settlers and Ark of the Covenant (Carcassonne-like), and I think those are a bit much to start this family member on. I've not played Ticket to Ride, but it appears that would be a good choice. My wife even saw that one and wanted to try it out, and she's not big on the strategy board games like I am. Thanks for all the help!

DJ
 
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