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Iam new to this as you all know amazing site. I play everything i can get my hands on and through this i have bought Incan gold and the party game Wits and Wagers. I picked them to 'break' my friends into playing games they have never heard of (they only play retail mainstream games, iam not blessed with friends who are up for anything) I want to play deeper games without frightening them. Iam 26 and play with friends who are all in their 20's, about 4 to 7 drama students in all After researching ive gathered a list of games i like the sound of. I would love for someone to look over them and suggest which would be the best for my rubbish friends who dont play often and only 'i have never' for the 984th time..

Settlers of Catan
Ticket to Ride Europe
Carcassonne
Zooloretto
Pandemic

Its not like my friends are stupid but having to explain games at great length is something i want to avoid without losing some deep gameplay. I am sure many of you will laugh at the games listed here but honestly i own a couple which i cant understand how to play (Marvel Heros anyone?!)
I like to think i cant do that wrong with these! But if funds only go so far which one or two would you get? Are some similar to others?
If i get a reply thank you!
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I'd go with Carcassonne & leave off the farmer rules at the beginning. It is pretty, it has cute little pieces, and the rules are pretty simple.

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Out of those choices (which are good choices) I think I would be inclined to suggest Ticket to Ride Europe.

My next choice would be Settlers of Catan.

The benefit of Ticket to Ride is that it is so incredibly easy to teach/learn. It *looks* like a board game they've seen before, so it's approachable and won't turn people off, and it is very interactive and fun with a good group of people.

It's kind of the quintessential "gateway" game, and it is good enough to play for a long time to come because it has decent strategy to it.

I've found Carcassonne to be a bit intimidating to those who are completely new to boardgames, mostly because of farm scoring. It can be confusing at first. Also, the tiles are alien to people sometimes. Just different than what they've seen. Bring it in, once they see that TTR is so good :-)

Pandemic is probably a bad choice. It's great that it's cooperative, but it's probably a bit more complicated, AND it's quite hard to win. While that may drive some groups to try again, it might put some people off.

Just my $0.02
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Drama students you say?

The Resistance

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+1 Carcassonne
+1 TTR
+476198231092870498637460 The Resistance
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Misterboy wrote:
Out of those choices (which are good choices) I think I would be inclined to suggest Ticket to Ride Europe.

My next choice would be Settlers of Catan.


Yep, those would be my choices.

Normally I would say Settlers, but it might be a little too much for the next game to try.

The "normal looking" Ticket to Ride seems like your best bet.

 
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Drama students.....has to be Show Manager
 
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Those are a good starting selection.

I personally love Pandemic. It is easy to lead a group through the first game or two and then you can pull back and let the group work the game. The expansion brings a lot of good stuff to the table.

Settlers is a good game, but the rules explanation can be difficult depending on your and your game group's game experience. I would suggest a teaching round or 3 and then restart for your first game.

Ticket to Ride/Ticket to Ride Europe are good games that are easy to learn and enjoyed by my game groups. It is a little simple for my tastes, but it is still enjoyable. It is simple enough that I learned it from the iPhone app in 5 minutes.

I cannot speak for Carcassonne directly. I do own and enjoy the stand alone game Carcassonne: The City. My wife likes it and I am not tempted to buy expansions.

I have not experience with Zooloretto.

I will second the suggestion of The Resistance. You get a taste of role playing and can support larger groups (you said 4-7).
 
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Drama students you say?

The Resistance

While I personally love that game, I don't think it a good recomendation for a newly forming gamer. It is a game where you have to lie to one another, betray one another, and just trash other players. Don't want to run them off before they see the good side of gaming.

But, they are drama students like you said and the game can play up to 10...
 
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For Drama students you are looking for

Time's Up.

Really go out and buy it today and play it tonight.

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Settlers of Catan is THE primo gateway game. I've converted many a non-gamer with it.
 
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if you are looking for something a little light for a big group that could be fun you could look at a game like Shadow Hunters. It plays best with at least 6 people as you get 2 each of the 3 different roles in the game. If you are looking for a "party" game or something you can play as a group look into games like Attribute or Apples to Apples. I find creative types like those games.

If you do get TTR I would suggest getting TTR Europe and the expansion as it will provide you with a lot of enjoyment.

Really the question is what you think your standard group size will be?
 
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Sayburr wrote:
casualgod wrote:
Drama students you say?

The Resistance

While I personally love that game, I don't think it a good recomendation for a newly forming gamer. It is a game where you have to lie to one another, betray one another, and just trash other players. Don't want to run them off before they see the good side of gaming.

But, they are drama students like you said and the game can play up to 10...


I disagree - I think The Resistance is a great game to introduce to new gamers. We played this when all my siblings and I came home last summer and even got our MOM to play. We loved it. It worked especially well because we know each other so well, we were able to use it to our advantage to trick the others. For instance, the brothers all ended up being spies one game and they split the group - they got the rest of us suspicious of each other, it was a perfect strategy. Another game I convinced my mom I wasn't a spy and after when it was revealed I was, she was shocked! She joked that she could never trust me again because I was so good at lying to her. It was a blast.

It does depend on the group, but since they are Drama students, I suspect they would love the game.
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Instead of Zooloretto, I would go with Aquaretto, which is similar to, but which improves upon, the original. It plays a little faster, has less fiddly scoring, and introduces some basic worker placement elements to deepen the game a bit. Overall, I find the sequel better than the original.

That said, the other games on your list are all good choices. For a cooperative game, maybe consider Flash Point: Fire Rescue, which has a more widely-appealing theme than Pandemic.

 
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I think The Resistance would be a terrific gateway game. It's not that removed from Werewolf and that gets played at office Christmas parties.

Ticket to Ride is a wonderful gateway game, the easiest conventional choice.

I would add Cosmic Encounter to your list. It doesn't quite fit the Euro leaning list but I haven't yet seen a group which doesn't love it. The rules are very easy, the complexity comes from the group dynamic itself and it gets better the more you play.

The only title I wouldn't recommend (yet), though it is a good game, is Pandemic. It would surely suffer from the "alpha player" syndrome in which one player (likely you) would fall into the role of coordinating everyone else's actions too much rather than them enjoying their own participation.

Have fun!
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I haven't played this yet, but it sounds like drama students might really enjoy Fiasco. It looked like a cross between an improv activity and a role playing game.

http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/games/fiasco/
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adamb2k9 wrote:
Settlers of Catan is THE primo gateway game. I've converted many a non-gamer with it.
|Settlers used to be 'the only' gateway game. Now that there are lots more to choose from, it is pretty obvious that it is actually a dreadful gateway game. Far too many issues. Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne are much better as gateways.
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AnnuverScotinExile wrote:
adamb2k9 wrote:
Settlers of Catan is THE primo gateway game. I've converted many a non-gamer with it.
|Settlers used to be 'the only' gateway game. Now that there are lots more to choose from, it is pretty obvious that it is actually a dreadful gateway game. Far too many issues. Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne are much better as gateways.


I second this. Settlers has some pretty major flaws. These can be mitigated to some degree with expansions- either Cities & Knights or Traders & Barbarians- but then it ceases to be "newbie friendly" anyway. As an introductory game I'd definitely go with Carc (either base game or +Inns & Cathedrals, don't add any other expansions, and play without the farm tules for a start).
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Ticket to Ride Europe
Carcassonne
The Resistance
Pandemic

The first two will be difficult for them to not like. The next two bring a nice change of pace. Citadels might be a good #5 pick due to the players being able to pick roles for each round.
 
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I'm a bit worried that some of he games on your list may be light enough on rules but dry and boring in the theme department, which is ok for some but staunch nongamers may respond with "and that's exactly why I don't play board games, build puzzles, collect stamps, etc." Carcassone comes to mind.

I think of the Resistance more as a party game than a board game.

I suggest:

King of Tokyo
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre
Pandemic

They're all on the light side and good for some good laughs and stories afterward.
 
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AnnuverScotinExile wrote:
it is pretty obvious that it is actually a dreadful gateway game. Far too many issues. Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne are much better as gateways.


AndyMax wrote:
I second this. Settlers has some pretty major flaws.


I don't know what "issues" or "major flaws" you guys are talking about. But whatever "issues" or "flaws" you're referring to have never had any impact on the games appeal to the non-gamers I've introduced to Settlers of Catan. I actually think TTR and Carc are boring in comparison. Settlers promotes table talk, laughter and socializing. Something non-gamers are usually welcoming of. Settlers seems perfect for a group of 20 something drama students that are graduating from Wits and Wagers.
 
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I don't know what "issues" or "major flaws" you guys are talking about.


Luck of the dice roll and the robber getting stuck. If you want a social game and have 4-5 players, Cosmic Encounter seems like a better pick.
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+383 for The Resistance. I'd also look at Dixit.
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+1 The Resistance... especially since they are drama students!

Super easy rules!

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Resistance is a winning idea ... I also agree that Dixit would be good for the group you describe.

I would also highly recommend you check out BANG! The Bullet!. This is a fantastic game for a group of people. A shoot em' up with outlaws, sheriff and renegades. Drama students would probably eat this up ... and its alot of fun and easy to learn. (The sheriff even gets to wear a badge)
 
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