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Hi,

I'm looking for a five player game to play with my flat who aren't massive board gamers. We like playing Catan and Codenames, games with lots of interaction and I want to get something new.

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Fernando Robert Yu
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Check out Medieval Academy which i think is an excellent entry level game to introduce card drafting.
 
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Try King of Tokyo or the Resistance, both are fairly light games for the player count you seek.
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You should consider El Grande, which is perfect at 5 players and has a lot of interaction, while not being too complicated (a little more than Catan, but not too much more).
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We play with a non-gamer (scrabble) couple from time to time. Ticket to Ride: Europe is one of the few they've asked for again. (Dixit was another, slightly surprisingly.) I think Carcassonne went okay (without farmers) but we haven't yet got round to the full game - but then I keep throwing new things at them, to keep them on their toes, so they've just not had a chance yet.

Bananagrams is a fun party alternative to scrabble if you're into that sort of thing. (Generally try to steer them away from word games since they would utterly trounce us !)

We played all these with 4, but they do play 5.

Bohnanza is one of many that didn't to work for some reason or other, even though I thought it might, but might work for you.
 
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Yep, TTR great game, as is Carcassonne but a bit chaotic with 5

Could try a co opoerative game. Sub Terra is newish and very easy to teach (see my post in that Forum) Boring but playable alternative woudl be Pandemic.

Between Two Cities is cheap, quick and semi co operative, and takes up to 7. Since much of the action is simultaneous, play time doesnt increase much with more players.

Most laughter in my group this year has been with Tortuga 1667
 
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Cosmic Encounter. Light on rules, deep on possibilities, and I have never met anyone who couldnt grasp the rules in a few minutes. Also a great gateway to more complex ideas when you go beyond easy/green races.
 
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Love Letter Premium or Lovecraft Letter if you want something quick.

Pandemic has some expansions that add a 5th player iirc.
 
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+1 Carcassonne
+1 Ticket to Ride

If you want silliness and take-that, Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot.
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Ticket to Ride
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If your group is used to the pacing of Catan, King of Tokyo may not be a great fit. I introduced it to a group I used to play Catan with, and their immediate response was, "that's it?" While some games can feel like epic battles, more often they end quickly and player eliminations can feel anti-climactic.

Maybe 7 Wonders or Steampunk Rally.
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Asking for Trobils is a pretty good worker placement for new/non gamers the interaction is not jerkish either.
 
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Lords of Waterdeep is terrific with 5, and is a great introduction to worker placement. I've never seen it fail to work with novice players, and is really not more complex than Catan.

7 Wonders is also good with 5, and allows for more players if they wish to join. It's another go-to gateway game for me.
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+1 El Grande. Brilliant 5 player game.
 
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avengerSP wrote:
We like playing Catan and Codenames,

I would consider both Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride: Europe as fitting in between those two (for those who "aren't massive board gamers").

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Carcassonne - I don't think it's great with 5, it's best with 2-3 in my opinion. With 4-5 you don't get as many turns so the game is more random, and has fewer interesting decisions. I wouldn't describe it as having "lots of interaction" either particularly when played fairly causally.

Ren3 wrote:
Pandemic has some expansions that add a 5th player iirc.

Yes, Pandemic: On the Brink adds rules for 5p (amongst other stuff). You don't actually need any expansion components to play with 5 though, just deal out the same number of cards as if you were playing 4p so I can't see any reason you would need the expansion to 5p.
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Bohnanza is good - it's all about trading so if you like the trading part of Catan then you may like it.

Citadels is good with 5. I'd recommend the larger version with more roles & buildings, though the smaller version takes up less space and is considerably cheaper.

The Resistance, The Resistance: Avalon if you like the idea of hidden roles & trying to work out who to trust (or trying to persuade everyone to trust you). Which is best depends on which theme you prefer (and whether you want options on more expansions (The Resistance) or an expansion in the box (Avalon).

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is another game like The Resistance (but I haven't played it). It also has many spin offs with different themes (and presumably slightly different game play).
 
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Ticket to Ride has been suggested many times already and I would add to that recommendation. Also, Royals is a great, light card driven area control game. Istanbul is another 5P game but is a route building, worker placement, goods conversion game.
 
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SG372 wrote:
Lords of Waterdeep is terrific with 5, and is a great introduction to worker placement. I've never seen it fail to work with novice players, and is really not more complex than Catan.

7 Wonders is also good with 5, and allows for more players if they wish to join. It's another go-to gateway game for me.

I agree, but they fail on the OP's criteria of "lots of interaction".

My recommendation is Power Grid, it's a little heavier than Catan but worth the effort.
 
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zabdiel wrote:
Ren3 wrote:
Pandemic has some expansions that add a 5th player iirc.

Yes, Pandemic: On the Brink adds rules for 5p (amongst other stuff). You don't actually need any expansion components to play with 5 though, just deal out the same number of cards as if you were playing 4p so I can't see any reason you would need the expansion to 5p.

Thanks for pointing that out! I wasn't sure, I don't think I ever played with more than 3p.
 
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The Kings:
King of Tokyo
King of New York
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+1 7 Wonders
+1 El Grande
 
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Ra or Priests of Ra if you want an auction game. It's an easy game to teach but it took me a little while to figure it out from the rules (maybe watching a video might help, or I might have just been too tired when I learnt it).

Clubs is an easy to learn card game.
 
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Devin Nelson
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Cosmic Encounter, hands down. Plays up to five with the base and up to eight with the expansions. The replayability is crazy with fifty different aliens to play in the base game. Player interaction is high - every turn is your turn with the formation of alliances. I would equate it to the rolling of dice in Catan.

If you have the money I would pick up the first expansion Incursion alongside the base game. It is definitely not needed but puts a little icing on the cake.

It may seem intimidating for new gamers, but the gameplay is incredibly simple. If one person knows the rules you'll have no problem.
 
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Caitlin Naber
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I introduced a group of a similar size to games and they loved Betrayal at House on the Hill. It does require some reading and making sure you know the rules, but it's now a group favorite. If they like a little more fantasy theme, I definitely recommend Betrayal at Baldur's gate. It's a bit smoother in terms of rule consistency.
 
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