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Carl Frodge
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So I've noticed a lot of people, not just gamers, these days, know of and play what I call "Funny Games" (not to be confused with the movie. Please don't think I know people like that. That would be terrifying.) Anyway, Funny Games are games that are less about strategy and competitiveness, or even finishing the game. They're games where the main purpose is to have a laugh with your buddies.

Games like Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, Snake Oil, and so on. Games that you usually just keep playing until people get bored. You could classify them as party games, but I personally see a very real difference.

Anyway, what do you think would be some good gateway games for this type of gamer, to show them that there's more to gaming than just...funny games?
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Maybe something like Nefarious, a Donald X Vaccarino game, that has a cute theme. I think you can search using "humor" and you might come up with something else.
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As much as it's blasted on BGG, Munchkin actually provided this exact transition for me. It was the post-Apples to Apples game that opened my eyes to the fact that there were a lot more games out there.
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I was thinking about Munchkin, too.
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Our group always has a lot of laughs with King of Tokyo.

Giant monsters kicking the snot out of each other is a great time, and it's easy to teach/learn.
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If you have ever wanted to try roleplaying then take a look at Fiasco

https://rpggeek.com/rpgitem/64016/fiasco
 
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I think y'all are missing the point, I want them to get AWAY FROM funny games.
 
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Ah, I see. Well, as far as gateway games, Ticket to Ride is pretty accessible by everyone. Try No Thanks, or For Sale... maybe Concept.

Typical recommendations are Stone Age for worker placement, Carcassonne (or try Isle of Skye), Sushi Go Party, maybe Betrayal on the House on the Hill for the right crowd. In that genre, Shadow Hunters is a good gateway. Or try One Night Werewolf or the Resistance.

One that doesn't get mentioned as much that is quite fun is Vault Wars, kind of like storage wars among fantasy heroes, and it plays a lot of people.

Check out The Dice Tower top 10 gateway games, that might give you some ideas on how to get people interested.

Junk Art is great for non-gamers, too, it's a dexterity game.
 
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