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I like to introduce folks with games like the following:

Bluff (also known as Liar

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Some of the games I

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I use Elfenland a lot as an introductory game because the final result is always apparently very close (usually, if someone gets to 20, everyone else has reached at least 17.)
Of course, it takes a couple of games to realise that the difference between 19 and 20 is actually huge (far more than that between 18 and 19, for instance.)
So the game feels rewarding even though the result is deceptive.

Carcassonne is now my intro game of choice though.

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My uncles are huge fans of locomotives, I mean HUGE fans. So I had a little plan...

I brought Union Pacific and Age of Steam. It

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My introductory games would be, in this order:

1)Transamerica (very simple mechanics, plays fast)
2)Carcassonne (fun to build the countryside, can be played on multiple levels)
3)Elfenland (A bit more of a brain-drainer)

Generally, these three I think can be played reasonably well with a first-timer without having a

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My personal preference is to start out more geared toward beer & pretzel / party games than strategy. I like to use games like Bohnanza, Guillotine, Family Business, Apples to Apples. Dragon Delta and Transamerica, are both good

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Carcassonne is a very popular game to give as a birthday present in my circle. I think it is a better game to introduce people to gaming than Settlers.

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Instead of listing a few games, perhaps it is better to give a few examples of how I "converted" a bunch of people.

You must understand that in the Netherlands German games have the same unknown status as in the US, despite the two countries being neighbours. In the Netherlands, if you mention to people that you like to play boardgames, they think Monopoly or perhaps Risk. Some people know Settlers or have even played it, but not a whole lot.

What I have done is simply inviting a couple of good friends and co-workers to come over and play some games. The lure of free beer was enough to get them to come :-] Some are curious about the games we play and I explain a little bit about it beforehand. I usually mention that the games we play are a lot more strategic than say Monopoly and that they usually can be finished within 90 minutes.

The first designer games I played with my "gaming group" were Settlers and Cosmic Encounter. CE was the hit until I ordered an English version Puerto Rico, which we now play to death. I also have some other games on the shelf, such as Ra, T&E, Union Pacific waiting for the PR craze to die down.

Occasionly I invite a new co-worker over to come and have a drink and play some fun games. Even when they have never played games, the prospect of a fun evening with people they now is usually enough incentive to come over and give it a try. I now have about 3 co-workers who regularly attend my weekly gaming night and a handful of others who attend every now and then and the group is still expanding.

Furthermore, I give Carcassonne as a birthday present to everyone that I think will like it. So far that has been a big hit!

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This thread intrigues me cuz I

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I agree, darke, that the beer-and-pretzels games are a great place to start. In fact, I got my group of non-gamers started with The Great Dalmuhti, then Guillotine, then Apples to Apples, then Frank

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Have you tried.. new friends ? :-] Just kidding!

What you need is Humor, Luck and Lightness. I bet they

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My own consistent gaming group demands action and tactics. If it doesn

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