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Hi all! I am fairly new to the modern board game hobby and have jumped in head first! I have discovered I love euro games but would like some recommendations for gateway plus games that I can teach my friends and family hopefully to get them into the hobby
Here are some I have already played
Stone Age
Ninjato
Alhambra
Five Tribes
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Lords of Waterdeep
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Here are a couple of classic gateway games

Ticket to Ride

Carcassonne

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Try Coal Baron
 
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After Catan... the obligatory other two games in the holy trio of gateway games:
- Carcassonne
- Ticket to Ride
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Considering you enjoy Euro games, I think a good next step (besides what others have suggested) would be:

Above and Below
Champions of Midgard
 
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Honestly, you have a pretty good starting foundation. I can recommend Castles of Mad King Ludwig pretty highly as a next level game. As far as games to get non-gamers interested, I'll agree with Ticket to Ride and then for higher player counts, give either The Resistance, or One Night Ultimate Werewolf a look. Happy gaming!
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Here's a list of the most loved family games (the types of games you've been playing on the site):

https://boardgamegeek.com/familygames/browse/boardgame?sort=...

Note, not everyone is going to love every one of them, even if they enjoy family games. For instance, I can't stand the number one game, 7 Wonders (and I think it is way too complicated for what it offers). But overall, these are the kinds of games you've played and you're asking about.

However, from my experience, the best way to get people to enjoy games, is not to throw a different game at them every week, but rather to play just a few games, or even only one, until they start wanting to play more games. As a plus, it is far less expensive to own one or a few games, than it is to own lots of games. And odds are, you'll be playing just as often.
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neber ever wrote:
Hi all! I am fairly new to the modern board game hobby and have jumped in head first! I have discovered I love euro games but would like some recommendations for gateway plus games that I can teach my friends and family hopefully to get them into the hobby
Here are some I have already played
Stone Age
Ninjato
Alhambra
Five Tribes


The World: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/browse/boardgame

 
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What are you actually interested in? What elements of each games did you like/dislike.

Do you want games to be more complex, less complex, or the same?

Those are the real questions. "Gateway" games are a fallacy, based on this being so terribly difficult it requires stepping stones (it isn't). SO dive in to something mutually interesting to the group be it mechanic, theme, etc, and go from there.
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Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!
I am personally not a fan of ticket to ride or regular carcasonnewhistle
I hope this post can be helpful for other gamers looking for gateway and gateway plus games
 
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Dice City is a fun recent gateway game with enough strategy to make it interesting.
 
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Depending on your family's taste, a very light but fun dice game is King of Tokyo
 
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If you have played Stone Age then you're already at the gateway+ frontier. Similar games that are not quite hardcore would be:

Tiny Epic Kingdoms + Expansion
Tiny Epic Galaxies
Eight Minute Empires + Expansion (truly a fantastic underrated gateway game)
Small World (very popular gateway game)
Harbor (popular euro mini-game)
Suburbia (classic game with plenty of depth for it's simplicity)

And honestly, If you're playing Stone Age then you're ready to migrate to heavier games. And frankly, most of the classic heavy weight games really aren't that much heavier than Stone age, they just add more decisions.

My recommendation would be to check out Caverna. It's a beautiful looking game. People have their own play boards just as in Stone Age, there's just much more to do. The rule book is very well written and easy to follow.

I tend to play Caverna as a 2-player game most often. And once you know the rules you can play a 2-player game in about 60 minutes. Literally less time than a game of stone age.

In any case, congrats to you for discovering the great world of modern gaming.

You might want to check out the movie called, "Going Cardboard." I recommend this movie to anyone new to the world of modern gaming. There's a lot of talk about Catan specifically in the movie. It explains the evolution of gaming and really is a great primer to the world of modern gaming in general.
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Two games that have been hits with my non gamer family and friends are Cacao and Jamaica.
 
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Dominion
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures
Lords of Waterdeep
Patchwork
The Resistance
Pandemic
Crokinole
Star Realms
Arcadia Quest
Cosmic Encounter
Splendor
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Summoner Wars
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I would recommend either Cyclades or Terra Mystica.

Both are for up to five players, and both play best with four or more, IMHO.

Cyclades is a bit more of a wargame, without it having too much fighting.

Terra Mystica is a very highly rated game that combines elements of Catan, Cyclades, (and another game, Eclipse, which I love, but might be too much of a wargame for you at this point - a lot of fighting in a space 4x theme).

My two cents worth.

Have fun learning and playing whichever new game you get!
 
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I recall him asking about the next step, not the express elevator right to the top...

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Don't forget Puerto Rico! A fantastic classic
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The Rivals for Catan.

In all seriousness though, I'd go with Carcasonne next. It is a great gateway game. Just saw you didn't like it.

I actually don't care for Ticket 2 Ride. Dominion is an especially good one, as it teaches you some basic strategy. Small World isn't bad either, as is 7 Wonders.
 
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I've Played Catan whats next?


A crippling, life changing addiction is what.

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