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Hi, Im looking for games that can be played at meetups or non gamers with easy explanation, preferably games with very little rules, for example fluxx
 
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Tsuro
Qwirkle
Can't Stop
Apples to Apples
Unnamed Object
Coloretto
Ghost Blitz
Hey, That's My Fish!
King of Tokyo

That should get you started.
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Nathan Larsen
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Incan gold for sure. Anyone can play it, and is fantastic for parties or filler between other games. It's super simple, and one of my favorites.
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I totally agree with Hey, That's My Fish!, which combines a small set of rules with great bits and a terrific presentation.

For a pencil and paper game, I don't know of anything that will give you more of a brain workout with fewer rules than Sprouts.

For a nice game that plays quickly and is easily portable, have a look at Babylon; you can play it with a dozen poker chips, but I thought the nifty bits made the game worth the small expense.

An elegant little numerical/financial game for two players is Ka-Ching!.

And for sheer casual fun that can accomodate any reasonable number of players, and easily engage gamer and non-gamer alike, you really can't go wrong with Martian Dice or Zombie Dice. I personally think that the choices presented in Martian Dice are just a little bit more interesting, but both are fun and funny to play.

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No Thanks!
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Cartagena has simple rules but still has some depth.

Pack & Stack, Limits and Coloretto are simple and quick.

 
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Check Discworld: Ankh-Morpork.
 
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Othello
 
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We Didn't Playtest This At All
 
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Love Letter, if you can find it. There is a variant to play it with more than four players (need 2 copies of the game).
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6 Nimmt!
Very fun and super easy to teach, yet tactics and strategy included.
Plays very well 2-10 players.
 
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Blokus has one rule. You can literally explain the game in 30 seconds...
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What about Jenga or Ker Plunk?
 
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kendahlj wrote:
Blokus has one rule. You can literally explain the game in 30 seconds...


I had some friends over to play games who don't have much experience with board games. After trying Sentinels of the Multiverse (which I consider a very easy and straightforward game), and them barely being able to slog through it, I pulled out Blokus and did that exact thing that you said: I explained it in 30 seconds and everyone got to playing and enjoyed it.

And I'll add one more suggestion.
Spot it!
 
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+1 Blokus

For Sale...if you have 3 or more people

Several games by Reiner Knizia fit that criteria. For instance:
Qin
Indigo (similar to Tsuro, only much better)
Ingenious
Through the Desert...if you can find it

Kingdom Builder also has very few rules.
 
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Tsuro, for sure.

Through the Desert (which I own) and Go are fairly complicated with regard to scoring.
 
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oddly: Sentinels of the Multiverse

The rules are VERY simple.

Choose heroes, Villain, Environment.

Setup as on Villain card. Each player shuffle their hero deck, set out their hero card, and draw 4 cards.

Villain turn:Follow instructions for 'beginning of turn' effects on cards. Play one card from the top of the Villain deck. Follow instructions for end of turn villain effects.

Hero turns:Each hero on their turn:
1)Play one card.
2)Use one power.
3)Draw one card.

Environment Turn:As Villain turn, just with the Environment deck.

Repeat until all heroes or the Villain are defeated.

The complexity comes in with card interactions and effects. I like this because you don't spend time learning how to play the game, you spend time playing and still get the 'oh wow what does THAT do' learning time in.

It is Very good for getting new players into a more complex game without them FEELING like it is a more complex game.
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Taluva - the complete rules almost fit on a business card.
 
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The Resistance- traitor mechanic distilled to its core.

Carcassonne- you draw a tile and place it. Sometimes you place a meeple. (You'll probably spend 1/2 of the 5 minute tutorial talking about farmers).

Biblios- deceptively simple set collection and auction game.
 
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+ 1 for sale

I have gotten many non-gamers to play this and have yet to have someone not enjoy it. Everyone I have shared it with that is into games also really likes it. It is also nice that it takes about 15 minutes and almost no time to explain.

Also + 1 for love letter. I have not actually played it myself, but it looks both easy and fun.
 
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