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Sam Rothstien
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So while I really like board games myself, most of my family is not into strategy board games. We mostly play your typical family/party games during the holidays. This past Thanksgiving I got some family members to play Aquire with me and everyone really enjoyed playing it.

So I made a membership on BGG and I want help finding another game that everyone might like that is a strategy game that is not overly intense. A game that we can sit down, learn play and enjoy in one evening over maybe 1-2 hours. It would probably be male and female, but for sure males playing.

Any tips? No fantasy RPG stuff, just you general strategy games.
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Hello, and welcome to BGG!

Ticket to Ride is a great starting place for new gamers.

Have you checked the BGG Christmas Game Guide, that has some great suggestions!

BGG Gift Guide
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Galaxy Trucker.

I'd recommend my own game I developed because it fits that bill, but I feel that would cheapen the game and myself as an independent developer (it's also not out until Monday).

Galaxy Trucker is great though as you can make it strategic if you want, but it's simple enough to play. You can see a review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryg4UHW57s0

However playing it with anyone under 15 might be frustrating when they don't comprehend how to put the ship parts together properly.
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Ticket to ride is a good game.

I have also always been a fan of Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers.

Neither are that hard to learn and both are enjoyable.

Stone Ageis another one we enjoy very much with anywhere from 2 to 4 players.

Welcome to BGG. I Hope you find a new and rewarding hobby here.
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How many Players?
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This is quite the active forum!! I'm a forum junkie myself on other sites so I enjoy the interaction. I will check out all your recommendations and keep checking back!

Oh btw i've been listening to some board game podcasts too, which is funny b/c like I said none of my friends and family are board gamers. But several years ago my new brother in-law (who lives 3000mile away) and father in-law played RISK. Now during the holiday's we get in a couple games of RISK and have a lot of fun. But that is pretty rare occurance.

So with all that said I like going into game shops and this website just to check stuff out - but i'm a board game loner. LOL.



edit; I probably will have 3-5 players who would play.
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Honestly you should try Formula D.

Many people can play.

The theme is something everyone can grasp.

The play is easily understandable. Roll dice and upshift (larger dice)and downshift (smaller dice).
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Honestly I would recommend against Galaxy Trucker as your second strategy game for the family. It is awesome but also has a ton of bits, time pressure, and a lot of pieces to learn about. It is not really complicated but I can see people being easily overwhelmed.

The gift guide mentioned above has some great ideas.

My top 3 recommendations based on 'success with the inlaws' factor:
Ticket to Ride: Very few rules to learn. Enough strategy to make you think and want to plan but it is also quick and very light feeling. It can be enjoyed by casual and competitive players simultaneously.
Manila: Again, very light on rules. Offers a gambling element where you 'bet' money (points) on different results but can also bid money (points) on the chance to influence the results.
Carcassonne: A tile laying game where you create the board as you play. Like Ticket to Ride, it can be very competitive (especially as a two player game) but it is very accessible and has a great fun factor.
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The games I own that have been the biggest hit with my non-gamer family:

Dominion (with expansions)
Ticket to Ride
Dixit

Also:
Wits and Wagers
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
Cash 'n Guns
Loopin Louie
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Forbidden Island
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209vaughn wrote:
So while I really like board games myself, most of my family is not into strategy board games. We mostly play your typical family/party games during the holidays. This past Thanksgiving I got some family members to play Aquire with me and everyone really enjoyed playing it.

So I made a membership on BGG and I want help finding another game that everyone might like that is a strategy game that is not overly intense. A game that we can sit down, learn play and enjoy in one evening over maybe 1-2 hours. It would probably be male and female, but for sure males playing.

Any tips? No fantasy RPG stuff, just you general strategy games.


I'm not even going to give you a list of options. I'd just suggest you go buy Ticket to Ride. If that's a hit, you can move up to something a little heavier at the July 4th barbeque.
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Welcome, new boardgame geek! If you're in Southern California, I might be able to recommend a store or local meetups in the area where you can try out some games we can recommend.

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lordrahvin wrote:
Welcome, new boardgame geek! If you're in Southern California, I might be able to recommend a store or local meetups in the area where you can try out some games we can recommend.

Yep. Same here. Usually, you can find a gaming group where people who have already bought these games are delighted to have another player.
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I think you should go the most basic possible.
Carcassonne it's very good (2-5 players),
Dixit is also nice( you can go 6 players or go Odyssey version for up to 12),
No Thanks! is very nice but also very short ,
Catan it's nice (3 to 4 players).
I think those are good for starters and for non-gamers.
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I echo the sentiment of others: for a family of non-gamers: Ticket to Ride
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I would also recommend
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They're both cooperative and strategic. We have fun with them. And since they're cooperative games, there's little analysis paralysis and the games move quickly. That's not to say we win.


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Welcome!

I'll add another vote for Ticket to Ride.

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amwiles wrote:

Welcome!

I'll add another vote for Ticket to Ride.



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Games that worked for us and our friends we introduced to the table for your consideration/investigation...

Carcassonne
Dominion
King of Tokyo
Kingsburg
Pandemic (recommend based on our experience with Forbidden Island)
Ticket to Ride

meeple Keep playing...
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For sale!

It's a really big hit for non gamers and can be played in 15-20 minutes.
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I've found Settlers of Catan to be generally popular with first-time gamers.
I'd add one caveat. The game depends on rolling for resources and every fourth game or so someone gets stuck with bad luck at the beginning of the game which cripples their play and this can be really frustrating. If you go for this (and I recommend you do) play with the Welfare Variant.
THE WELFARE VARIANT: Every turn you don't get a resource and the robber hasn't been rolled, you get a token (buttons, pennies, etc.). Tokens can't be stolen, traded or halved. On your turn you can trade in a number of tokens equal to the number of victory points you have on the board (no VP cards, longest road/biggest army count). The better you do, the less help these tokens give.
This speeds up the game, especially at the beginning, gives you more choices (you can afford to build to block instead of maximising production) and greatly reduces the effect of luck.
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I agree with a few of the suggestions above.

Let me ask. Besides the Once or twice a year gathering, Are there local people you want to play game with on a regular bases or is this suggestion strictly for the Thanksgiving/Christmas type gatherings?

Of the Games mentioned above. These are the ones I would recommend if you have people close by that you want to get hooked playing a game with you.

Ticket to Ride is a good basic game. (plays up to 5)

To break it down it's kind of a fancy Rummy. Your Goal is to collect sets.

3 white trains
6 blue
4 Green.

When you collect a set you put little train minis on the board.


Your tickets give you 2 cities to connect with your train minis. This lets you know what sets you need to be collecting.



Fun game and simple concept to explain. Get the Original American version, your family will have an easier time knowing where on the map the cities are.

So popular it's sold at Target now.

King of Tokyo

Basically it's Yahtzee. Only with Special Dice.

Instead of sets scoring points and adding them up at the end, your sets do damage to other Monster (players) or heals your Monster.



Lots of laughs, great Party feel.

Once again Formula D

Its a Car race. First person around the track wins.


There are several Dice.

As you gear up you roll larger Dice, as you gear back down you roll smaller dice.



You have to stop in turns and you can get damage to your car by blowing past a turn or ending next to other cars.


Very simple game, but a lot of fun. Has a press your luck element.

Last Carcassonne

The most complicated of the list but easily graspable.

You are drawing a tile and placing it on the board. It has to fit like a puzzle.



As you lay down your tiles you claim on of the 4 features that score points. Road, City, Farm, cloister (church).


Once you finish one you get your little guy (Meeple) back and score your points.

The farm concept and sharing features is the part that is trickiest to explain but once they get it it's a fantastic game.


For Pure Party Game material a few from above and one new one.

Dixit

This is a Party game that is basically Balderdashwith Pictures.

One player makes up a little story based on one of their cards.


Everybody throws in a card that best matches the story. People bid a nd score points trying to guess the real one.

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Everyone has to be creative.

Wits & Wagers

Trivia Game, but you can win without knowing the answer.

All questions are number based.

You place your answers out lowest to Highest. You Bet on the closest answer with out going over.


Easily the most approachable game of all mentioned.

Lastly, If your family likes Questionable Humor.

Cards Against Humanity

Party game in the vein of Apples to Apples

One person reads a question with blanks. Everyone tries to fill that blank with their funniest choice.



Can get offensive and crude. Although that's what makes it great.





The rest of the ones above are great too, but are a little more advanced than these great starter games.

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+1 for Pandemic

It's mighty fun to team up with friends and family against a game where diseases are spreading and your team of specialists is the only hope. The game keeps everyone involved until the end and involves a lot of discussion and interaction.

I've played this recently with non gamers and it's been fun every time.
 
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Just wanted to say "Welcome to BGG!". I think you will find that this is one of the best communities on the interwebs

Oh and +1 Ticket to Ride
 
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All good suggestions.

+1 King of Tokyo. Fun, fun game (filler)

+1 Dixit (if more than 6, Dixit Odyssey)

I'm going to throw in another suggestion: Lords of Vegas. This game is a Settlers of Catan/Monopoly killer. It's a very thematic game (it feels like Vegas, baby!). Your first game will take 60 minutes. Everyone is building up casinos along the Strip and earning points based off how many you own. The rules are simple but it's strategic. It has properties and trading and lots of dice but the dice are there for push your luck and not Monopoly/Yaacov Smirnoff style "Game Plays You!". You can even gamble at your opponents casino and if you win, they have to pay you!

Quick awesome review: http://boardgamegeek.com/video/3309/lords-of-vegas/dice-towe...

I'd rather play LoV than TtR or Catan. I will say that I've only played the base game of TtR, most folks say the 1910 expansion or TtR:Europe is much better.

 
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