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Jesse Franks
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I was just recently unveiled to the amazing realm of actually good board games! I was sick and tired of playing apples to apples at every single get together. Then one day, my life changed, someone brought Dominion and thus started my addiction to board games.

I have since purchased a few games, Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Agricola (still waiting for it to come in the mail), and love them, but I really don't know where to go from here.

I want to build a diverse collection at first, with varying styles of play and length. Any games of 1-8 players are what I'm looking for.

Any recommendations?
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Hey I'm a little unsure of how many players the game has to support - does it have to go to 8 players? If so:

Dixit: Odyssey
The Resistance
any of the Werewolf clones.



In all honesty playing with 8 significantly reduces your options.
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To put it simply the number of players doesn't matter to me, cause i want some games that are great for just a few people, and some that cater to larger groups as well, so don't let the player range of a game effect your opinion/suggestion.
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If fewer player is ok:
The holy trinity of gateway is:

Catan (Settlement building lucky euro)
Ticket to Ride (route building and card collecting)
Carcassonne (tile laying)

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Kingsburg dice-euro / duro
Galaxy Trucker (unique tile laying/building space ship)
Cyclades (Euro - 'wargame')
Alien Encounter (Poker with alien warfare.)
Big +1 for Pandemic or it's little bro Forbidden Island.
(Co-operative game)
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I was a settlers fanatic when it came out, and I've played carcassonne on the iPad and it's great.

Ticket to Ride is high on my "next one to buy" list already.

Wow! i must say i love this forum, i've just been killin time at work and i can't believe how many responses i've had. you guys are great!
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The three titles you have are all ones that I love. But they're also all "multiplayer solitaire" games to a greater or lesser degree. For your next pick, I'd encourage something with more player interaction.

It has its detractors, but I think Small World (plays 2-5) is pretty accessible, and different enough from your other titles to merit some consideration.

And while it's not exactly a "starting place," Power Grid (plays 3-6) is a fun strategic game with a few different elements and plenty of player interaction. It's more complicated than Dominion or 7 Wonders, but no heavier than Agricola, I don't think.
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My group is more into lighter games, so here is what I would recommend:

Ticke to Ride
King of Tokyo
Thunderstone
Pandemic
Carcassonne

Haven't played many of the heavier games due to time, but based on what I have read I would say these should be obligatory if you have the time:

Puerto Rico
Caylus
Empires: Age of Discovery
Brass
Power Grid

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glutenman wrote:
I was a settlers fanatic when it came out, and I've played carcassonne on the iPad and it's great.

Ticket to Ride is high on my "next one to buy" list already.

Wow! i must say i love this forum, i've just been killin time at work and i can't believe how many responses i've had. you guys are great!


I really can't recommend TTR enough. Some gamers find it too light, but me and my friends love it. Obviously it is not a brain-burner, but not every game needs to be, and it isn't the luckfest some would have you believe.

Plus, its the ultimate game for roping in non-gamers into the hobby. You can teach it in five minutes, it looks great, and who doesn't like trains?
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The thought of having heavier games is very exciting to me, cause i have a core group of people that are also getting into games with me, but still will like lighter games i can play at family get togethers etc. looks like Dixit is a light and good party game.
 
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let's see...

gateway, intro games:
Ticket to Ride (route laying/set collection)
Settlers (dice rolling, negotiation)
Carcassonne (tile laying)
Pandemic (co-op)
Stone Age (worker placement)
Ra (bidding)
Alhambra (tile laying)
Lords of Waterdeep (worker placement)
El Grande (area majority)

next step Euros:
Puerto Rico
Castles of Burgundy
Macao
Navegador

other fun/party games:
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Dixit
Say Anything
Wits and Wagers

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