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Gateway games - (“the game” that gets people interested in other boardgames)

  1. Carcassonne – tile lying about building a country side and cities
  2. Settlers of Catan – settling a continent and using resources
  3. Hey that’s my Fish – penguins eating fish
  4. Zooloretto – set collection and managing a zoo
  5. Ticket to ride – set collection and building rail roads
  6. Lost Cities – set collection archeology card game

 

Popular Euro or designer games - (emphasis is on rules and not on fancy bits or pieces)

  1. El Grande – area control, auction in medieval Spain
  2. Cartagena - hand management pirate escape game
  3. Puerto Rico – economic resource game
  4. Agricola – medieval farming
  5. Alhambra

 

Ameritrash style - (emphasis on great art, cool bits, dripping with good theme)

  1. The Adventures – Indiana jones type temple escape
  2. Runebound 2nd edition – Dungeon crawl type game – but outside
  3. D&D games – Ashardalon, Drizzt or Ravenloft
  4. Descent – huge, epic dungeon crawl
  5. Memoire 44 – WW2 combat

 

Cooperative style - (a group against the game not one winner)

  1. Last Night on Earth – Zombies
  2. Ghost Stories – Light horror
  3. Pandemic – Killing viruses
  4. Shadows over Camelot – Fantasy
  5. Battlestar Galactica – Science Fiction

 

Deck building – (where building your deck is part of the game)

  1. Dominion – light fantasy theme
  2. Thunderstone – fantasy dungeon theme w/ player interaction
  3. Resident Evil – horror and zombies
  4. Quarriors – combat dice building game

 

Party games – (quick game, many people)

  1. Wits and Wagers - trivia and betting game (don’t need to know the answers)
  2. Apples to Apples – word play type game
  3. Gift trap – good gift giving game
  4. Werewolves
  5. Bang