Limi Slime
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I'm looking for like two types of games for my friend.

First is for "larger" number of people, like 5+. She isn't exactly your geekiest girl ever. The ones she enjoys at the moment are Telestration, 7 Wonders, Dead of Winter, Codename, Bohnanza, Saboteur + others I don't know.

The second is just for 3 to 4 players. It can be a bit heavier but nothing too complex as compared to Dead of Winter. That's like her limit. I tried playing Elysium with her and her mind died. Too much explanation and text will make her lose interest. Things like worker placement with like 10 or 20 different places to place workers would be unappealing to her.

Here are some games she enjoyed or able to play (including the above): Paperback, House of Betrayal, Catan (she literally loves this and must play once every time we meet up), Smash Up, Munchkins, Splendor, Takenoko, Dominion, Forbidden Desert, Panademic, Bang, Machi Koro + others I don't remember.
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I haven't played it myself but isn't Dead of Winter pretty complex?

Strongly recommend Tsuro. One of the simplest games out there. It ours and hours of fun.
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Oh that, that's a good one. I played it once before. Thanks.

As for Dead of Winter, it's not that bad. Setup is pretty easy. Character cards are just randomized. Plot cards include all you need to know for setup. Deal the cards out for each player's hand and the locations. And that's all there is for setup. There are a few nicks and nacks I usually need to look up. But your "goals" are straightforward. Like there are very little strategy involved, or thinking involved. It has a lot of parts but it's really just grab resources, kill zombies and work towards the goal.
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For 5+, Medici is a good one if she's interested in bidding games. Minimal setup and not many rules
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Mashpotassium wrote:
For 5+, Medici is a good one if she's interested in bidding games. Minimal setup and not many rules


Medici does look cool and we also love Ra. Just played it with 5 the other day and found it very different than with three but still great and a different challenge to manage.
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Franks Zoo - trick taking game with simpler rules than Tichu

Dixit - Can also be used to play Codenames: Pictures (Or get Mysterium and you can play all three)

Biblios - Might be a good fit for the 3-4 player game. Also plays great with two.

Alhambra - Another great game for 3-4 with fairly simple rule, not much set-up, but great decisions to make.
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Sheriff of Nottingham is a very fun game for 3-5 players that is easy to explain but can keep you entertained for many games (like Catan).

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/157969/sheriff-nottingha...

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I was with a group of 6, and we wanted to play a game that didn't take too long to learn the rules for. We found that Deception: Murder in Hong Kong was really quick to learn, but super fun. It's very light on pieces, and the game itself doesn't take that long to play (although that does depend on who you're playing with!). The rules may be simple, but the game itself provides plenty of opportunity for deep thinking!
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Carcassonne
I consider this a great cornerstone game. This and catan really started my families move to "new" board games. Its easier to learn than 7 wonders so its light enough but feels heavier when everyone starts competing at the same level. You can also get some good expansions to add weight.
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Easy game for 6 players : Rise of Augustus. You could also consider One Night Ultimate Werewolf as a quick social deduction game for that number count.

If she likes settlers, you could try Deus for the 2-4 player count : the game is very simple but quite replayable. An approachable tableau-building game with a board.
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Look for a copy of Diamant--it's fast and fun for a group of 4-8 players.

One to consider is Genoa. It's a bit more complex, but once you know how to play, it's kinda like Catan on steroids--LOTS of trading.

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Stone Age
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And, of course, Carcassonne.

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+1 for Stone Age for 3-4

Between Two Cities scales well for 5+ players, and is fairly light.
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