Level Up: 3 Games to Get Friends Hooked on Board Games
Now that you have introduced your friends and family to a few easy games they should be more willing to try something slightly more advanced. This is where it gets tricky. You don’t want to overwhelm them and cause them to dread a future game night, but you still want to introduce something new. After all we are trying to gently guide them into this wondrous hobby. Here are three games that are great for leveling up your gaming group.
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Castle Panic is produced by Fireside Games and is for 1-6 players. This is a cooperative game where the goal is to defend your castle from trolls, orcs, and goblins. At the end of each player’s turn the monsters advance closer to the castle and new dangers are drawn and placed in the outermost circle. Players can trade or cycle cards to try eliminate the oncoming threat. This game plays quickly as you strategize with the other players to deal with the onslaught. Castle Panic’s cooperative style of play is great if your group tends to be competitive and you are concerned about hurt feelings. The team either wins or loses together. Another advantage to the Panic series of games is that they have many different themes. If high fantasy isn’t really your groups interest area check out one of the other Panic games. They include: Star Trek Panic, Dead Panic, and Munchkin Panic.
Red Dragon Inn
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Red Dragon Inn is produced by Slugfest Games and is for 2-4 players. Red Dragon Inn is based on a group of adventurers who have come to a tavern to enjoy themselves and gamble away their adventure earnings. This game has a few more rules than the others on this list, but because everything is written on the cards it is easy to learn-as-you-go. The goal of the game is to get the other players drunk (get the game characters drunk, not your friends, if you play this game as an actual drinking game it probably won’t last long) while not getting drunk yourself. Each player gets their own personal game board that tracks their fortitude and alcohol ingestion; if the two makers meet or pass each other the player is passed out and loses the game. Players utilize cards from their hands and the drink deck to attempt to get your opponents intoxicated faster than you. Last player standing (although potentially swaying a little) wins. A good way to entice your group to trying this game is to ask this question, “Do you want to play a drinking game” The first time I played this game was because my friend asked that exact question… I was not prepared for Red Dragon Inn, but it quickly became one of my favorites.
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Splendor is produced by SpaceCowboys and is for 2-4 players. Remember when you were a kid and you dreamed of being an Italian jewel merchant in the Renaissance? Well now is your chance! The goal of Splendor is to collect jewel cards and attract the attention of the nobles in order to get to 15 victory points before your opponents. The rules are simple. On every turn you need to take tokens, reserve a card, or buy a card. You may only perform one of those actions per turn. Your goal is to try to get the cards with the most victory points or that will attract the Nobles. This game is a favorite of newbies and seasoned gamers alike. There is still a certain amount of luck involved while players hope the right cards get added to the pool. Saltier players may see this game as “rigged.” To their credit, from my experience first player does tend to have an advantage. Despite this potential advantage, Splendor is a must for your collection and your game nights.
So there is the list, three games that you can introduce your new gamer friends to that won’t overwhelm them; Splendor, Red Dragon Inn, and Panic. All three games are great for gamers of every level and offer a lot of replayability. What games got you hooked on tabletop? Let us know in the comments!