Top 5 Best Beginner Board Games

If you’re like me, you may not always have your game crew available because of other obligations (work, school, trip to the moon), so you may have to rely on other players who mayyyyy not be avid board gamers (my mom). So you need board games that aren’t necessarily shallow, but definitely don’t expect an experienced player’s knowledge to run an experience. I once tried to show my mom 5 Tribes and she spent 30 minutes looking over the components and loving the shade of pink they used (no, we never got to playing, it was late, she needed to sleep for work… mental note: Don’t play board games at 8pm). So I gathered a list of 5 games that I feel are easily available to learn and can be enjoyed by any type of players, whether you are a novice or a die hard fan. This is our Top 5 Best Beginner Board Games. (keep in mind this list will ignore the mainstream listed gateway games such as Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Catan, etc.) (information credited to boardgamegeek)

    best beginner board gamesThe Grimwood is a highly chaotic, slightly strategic game for 2-6 players. This game takes you into the dark fantasy of The Grimwood, where you search the forest (i.e., deck) to find settings, animals, and supernaturals. With these cards you can create sets, Use the powers of the supernaturals to help yourself or sabotage others, or find a Rune or Amulet for extra actions or protection. Have the most combinations, and you win! (source)

Players (2- 6), Age 12+, Time 30 minutes


 

top 5 best beginner board gamesSushi Go! The game that mimics a sushi boat restaurant. In this game you start out with a few hands of cards, you must quickly assess the make-up of the round and decide which type of sushi you’ll go for. Then, each turn you’ll need to weigh which cards to keep and which to pass on. The different scoring combinations allow for some clever plays and nasty blocks. Round to round, you must also keep your eye on the goal of having the most pudding cards at the end of the game! (source)

Players (2- 5), Age 10+, Time 20 minutes

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best beginner board gamesMachi Koro is a fast-paced game for 2-4 players. Each player wants to develop the city on his own terms in order to complete all of the landmarks under construction faster than his rivals. On his turn, each player rolls one or two dice. If the sum of the dice rolled matches the number of a building that a player owns, he gets the effect of that building; in some cases opponents will also benefit from your die (just as you can benefit from theirs). Then, with money in hand a player can build a landmark or a new building, ideally adding to the wealth of his city on future turns. The first player to construct all of his landmarks wins! (source)

Players (2- 4), Age 10+, Time 30 minutes

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best beginner board gamesIn Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, players have a hand of tiles depicting various color arrangements of floating lanterns, as well as an inventory of individual lantern cards of specific colors. When you place a tile, all players (you and your opponents) receive a lantern card corresponding to the color on the side of the tile facing them. Place carefully to earn cards and other bonuses for yourself, while also looking to deny your opponents. Players gain honor by dedicating sets of lantern cards — three pairs, for example, or all seven colors — and the player with the most honor at the end of the game wins. (source)

Players (2- 4), Age 8+, Time 30 minutes

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best beginner board gamesFlip City Players play cards directly from the top of their deck and may choose to continue unless they have three cry-face icons in play, which ends their turn immediately. When they choose to stop, they move to the building phase. During the building phase, a player can use the coins gained from their previously played cards to buy a new card or to upgrade a card in their personal discard pile. To upgrade a card, pay the cost and flip it over; upgraded cards remain in the discard pile. Since all cards in this game are double-sided, be careful not to flip them over accidentally when placing cards into your discard pile or when shuffling your deck. Whenever a player gains eight or more VP during a single card playing phase, the player wins immediately! (source)

Players (1- 4), Age 8+, Time 30 minutes

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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