All of us have to start somewhere. No matter whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend, getting into the hobby yourself, or everything in between – finding the right game to create a collection is a tough one.
So, here are eight of our favourite beginner-friendly games that play well, are easy to teach, and bring a lot of repeat fun to your table.
Another co-op classic from the mind of Antoine Bauza, this lightweight marvel is perfect for up to seven players and is guaranteed to bring your table to grins and groans. Taking a distinct anime approach to the Kurosawa classic, Samurai Spirit sees you and your friends playing as the noble samurai guarding their village against invading forces. Played over three turns, your group draws from a deck of villains and decides to fight, protect the village, or protect a friend – letting the baddies pass. Before long, the game dissolves into a glorious debate where you try to figure out how to manage your resources and deal with the boss characters, sacrifice parts of the tow, and if it’s better to die so that the people are saved. Simple, clean, and undeniably moreish. It’s a fantastic pick.
That started it all. The hobby’s first deck build, Dominion is a feather-light game of optimization and engine building with an astonishing level of depth under the hood. Letting you play as a landed noble building his real, play involves buying and selling components for your castle with the aim of purchasing the victory points you need to win. Except, these gum up your hand and you’re aiming for efficiency. Throw in a wealth of expansions that can beef up your favorite game elements, Dominion is the perfect pick for newcomers and leaves more than enough space to grow in a way that works for your interests.
Ok – we’d be the first to admit that this may not be the spiciest pick. But bear with us. Recognizable theme? Check. Simple but rewarding rules? Check. Highly replayable thanks to randomization and mass of expansions? Checkity check. Quick to play and moreish in a way that defies description, KB is the perfect next step after Catan and avoids much of the complexity and intimidation factor of more complex games. An ideal lightweight euro with enough randomization to level the playing field for all ages and confidence levels, this is a solid starting point for any would-be gamer. And for those that are confident that the game will go down well – then look no further than the Big Box.