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5 Great Gateway Board Games for New Players

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  1. Funny story, I literally had used 4 of these 5 games to introduce my parents or friends to board games before i saw this video.

    Two bonus ones for anyone that might be interested. 1. Parks, it’s a nature board game with the simple objective of collecting resources on a trail and using that resource to visit parks. Really good illustrations and chill vibe, definitely for the out doors crowd.
    2. Dungeon Mayhem, it’s made by DnD creators, very simple but well designed. I’ve introduced this game to countless numbers of people, my girlfriend even took it home to France and got almost all of her friends and family hooked on it.

  2. We have a whole closet full of long thin boxed games (80's board games) that I just don't like for the most part. I've had them forever, or picked up a few nostalgic ones at Goodwill or whatever. We've played them some to show the kids old games, but really they just kinda suck for the most part. Now recently we've started getting into the board game hobby. It's funny because I'm old and there's the part of me that thinks of board games as long skinny box games (Monopoly, etc)… then there are these new fancy "square box" games that are actually cool and fun. I'm having a good time with square box games. They've come a long way from the old days.

  3. German accent made me subscribe 🤣

  4. I wish I could play them! Unfortunately I’m 100 years old

  5. Splendor and Catan in my household! Great video man!

  6. my first game that really got me into the hobby is munchkins. i loved to backstab my friends, as did they

  7. So I introduced my family to Ticket to Ride on Thanksgiving and it was a hit. My parents invited me over the next night and played again! Now I'm looking to introduce another game, but don't want to pick something too complex to scare everyone off.

  8. never tried dix it or code names… dont those games have bad replay value? I mean you're encountering the same pictures/words… at a certain point you would just say the same things wouldnt you?

  9. Thanks been meaning to find some more fun board games

  10. Fun list–We own all of these…if you want to step up from the intro levels I'd say Space Base over Splendor, Sagrada over Azul, Obscurio over Dixit, Codenames Pictures if you like Codenames, and Blood Rage over Ticket to Ride 🙂
    What's a gateway to gaming list without King of Tokyo?

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  12. Germany Ticket to Ride hits different, my favorite for sure.

    If your friends are into mtg, a great one is "Sushi Go!", a drafting game with 3 rounds.

  13. I love how codenames can be really different with how well you know the people you play with. If i play with my brother and sister we can win the match in 1 or 2 turns with obscure references.

  14. i love this guy lol. I subbed and liked 2 min in

  15. I will absolutely recommend Dungeon Mayhem

  16. why do I keep watching these videos when I have no one to play with -_-

  17. My family plays boardgames a decent amount. Nothing too complex but we have quite a few. Cluedo is one if my favourites.

  18. Betrayal at the House On The Hill was the first game (outside of the ones every kid plays like Monopoly, Life, Trouble, etc) that I played and still my favorite.

  19. Codenames with Dixit cards – yeah baby!

  20. Every time someone joins our boardgame group we play massive darkness and everyone enjoys it. It is probebly the best gatway board game out there

  21. My introduction to modern board gaming was with "The Resistance." A VERY simple game of players secretly voting for if a mission succeeds or not and trying to figure out which player is secretly voting for missions to fail. It's very similar to what later became "Secret Hitler" though far more simplistic. After that I dove into "Boss Monster."

  22. Catan was my favorite! From Catan to Ticket to Ride to Scythe.

  23. I also was looking for games that meet the "mom" test.

  24. board games are cool and all until you need friends

  25. i spent the longest game of splendor (almost two hours!) trying to teach it to my grandmother. i can’t even tell you how many times we had to explain that cards are permanent resources.

  26. Its pronounced:

    Shpeel des (like desu) yahres (like yaris the car)

    You are mixing German and French pronunciation and this simply will not do

  27. Spot It (also known as Dooble) is a huge winner among my non-gamer friends

  28. Ticket to Ride was always hard for me to enjoy because it feels like my turn has little to no bearing on the turns of others. Feels like playing a game side-by-side, rather than playing together.

  29. These games will "pump you up, ya". Shout out for Century Golem (original version), over C. Spice Road or Splendor. Codenames and Dixit are fun with clever people. Otherwise, they do seem boring.

  30. As an experienced board game player its really hard to judge which games are "easy" for new players. Some games look really easy to me but are really hard for new players, Typically these are decision based games where the rules themselves are quite simple but the strategy for victory is up to the player; things like ticket to ride, pandemic, etc.

  31. My games that meet this standard are Saboteur and Camel Up.

  32. By the way, the co-designer of Codenames Duet is subscribed to your channel. I love your content!

  33. Dixit sounds like Balderdash but with pictures. cool! 🙂

  34. Probably slightly too complicated to be a gateway game, but if you like TtR but want something a bit more complex, check out Airlines: Europe from the same designer.

  35. I think colt express is also a really great game for beginners and experienced players

  36. Went to a board games night at uni and played splendour for the first time, my strategy was simple, in almost all cases go for the 3 singles rather than the double as it's 50% more chips and generally speaking that will be more helpful than just tunneling a single path or whatever. I ended up winning. Then I played Catan and it was also my first time, and I built a few misplaced roads early on, and like 5 minutes later I realised I had no chance of winning, so I was just stuck there for another 20 minutes waiting for the inevitable end. Hence I do not like Catan. And all of you should care

  37. Ok, my first really different board game was Terraforming Mars. On a scale of 0-10, from someone who has played plenty of board games, how complex is Terraforming Mars? (Wondering if I’ve barely scratched the surface or if I’ve gone decently far right off the bat.)

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