My fiancée & I are about to start hosting a game group at our church. I call it "youth group," but in reality it's open to anyone interested in coming. The kids there range in age; a few are in high school. It's a very liberal group, and no one there is uptight at all; one of the 11 year-olds actually plays D&D 5e, so fantasy themes won't be a problem. I want to get some input on some games to consider that would be good for both kids & adults who haven't played anything beyond Parker Brothers. Here's a list of the first five we plan on bringing:
It would be great to find games that would be good gateways without but won't be condescending to the kids. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
My first suggestion would be UnNatural Selection. It works great with any age over elementary, is family-friendly, and encourages participation. It also works well with larger groups. As does Formula D. Another good one is Alhambra: The Dice Game, which is sort of Yahtzee on steroids. And lastly, King of Tokyo.
all these games have relatively simple mechanics, are easy to teach, encourage participation, and will work well with kids and adults.