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Craig Ninja
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So I know it's impossible to please everybody. Casual gamers refuse to play Mage Knight, and hard core gamers won't be caught dead with Monopoly money in their hands.

So what games have you found that appeal to both groups of people? I've found success with the following:

1. Ticket to Ride
2. Pandemic
3. Forbidden Desert
4. Carcassonne
5. Werewolves
 
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Mark Wilson
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I think probably the most appropriate term you're looking for is "gateway" games. Granted, it might not be exactly the same. But that's splitting hairs. In practice, gateways are often shorthand for games that tend to work for a variety of audiences, both gamer and non-gamer.

In that vein, there was a massive BGG poll/thread/geeklist a while back on which gateways were the best for this purpose. I don't have the link, but I copy/pasted the list. Here's the first part of it:

1 Ticket to Ride/TTR Europe
2 Carcassonne (all)
3 King of Tokyo
4 Dixit
5 For Sale
6 Diamant/Incan Gold
7 Can't Stop
8 Pandemic
9 Love Letter
10 Settlers of Catan
11 Takenoko
12 The Resistance (& Avalon)
13 Forbidden Island
14 Survive!
15 Alhambra
16 No Thanks!
17 Hanabi
18 Dominion
19 Stone Age
20 Crokinole
21 Time's Up!
22 Flash Point: Fire Rescue
23 Forbidden Desert
24 Category 5/6 Nimmt!
25 Coloretto

...the list goes to 150, if you're interested in more.

On my own, we use Ticket to Ride a lot. Love Letter works well too. As do Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and Forbidden Island.
 
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Feras H
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If you have a look a my collection.
Pretty much all those would be good for new gamers at some point.

Catan
Kingsburg
Lords of Waterdeep
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
BANG! The Dice Game
King of Tokyo
Sushi Go!
Roll For It! Deluxe Edition
Takenoko
Escape: The Curse of the Temple

And pretty much my entire collection.
(I am currently at work typing this instead of working ninja So i cant type all my games Sorry)

I dont really have any "Heavy" games, other then maybe Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game (Which is amazing! but not for transitioning from monopoly)
Check out my collection, if you have any questions in regards to a game i own, please feel free to message me! meeple
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George Stewart
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Sushi go???

I am not sure this would go down well with gamers.

Its like the simplest drafting game thier is??
 
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People will surprise you.

When I first got into the hobby (5 minutes ago), I had no idea what I was doing so my first two purchases were Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game and Caverna: The Cave Farmers. The rest of my game group, who are by no means gamers, took to both of them very well.

In fact, they prefer those two games over any "gateway" (or other game for that matter) game that I've presented to them since. Honestly they prefer Caverna over all of them.

I really wish they would like Pandemic. *sigh*

FWIW
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George Stewart
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who doesn't like pandemic!
 
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Ian Bennetts
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BeardsandBoardgames wrote:
who doesn't like pandemic!
I bet there are some hardcore immunologists who are really upset by the games inaccuracies.

 
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Aahz339 wrote:
People will surprise you.

When I first got into the hobby (5 minutes ago), I had no idea what I was doing so my first two purchases were Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game and Caverna: The Cave Farmers. The rest of my game group, who are by no means gamers, took to both of them very well.

In fact, they prefer those two games over any "gateway" (or other game for that matter) game that I've presented to them since. Honestly they prefer Caverna over all of them.

I really wish they would like Pandemic. *sigh*

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I'm still trying to figure out how you played BOTH Dead of Winter and Caverna in less than 5 minutes, and still had time to introduce other gateway games to your group too..
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Check Spiel des Jahres - they specifically target causal games and aim exactly at "games for everybody". Even the more complex Kennerspiel award is still for everybody ("next step games").

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiel_des_Jahres

(check the nominees and the recommended games as well)
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Twilight Struggle is one of the few games I think has genuine crossover appeal.
 
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Had good luck with:

Carcassonne
Royals
Istanbul
Colt Express
Stone Age
Codenames
Alhambra
King of Tokyo
 
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