August 1, 2013 at 9:58 am #1403
It’s Friday game night, your friends are over and they brought friends that are new to gaming. They definitely aren’t sure what you meant by D20 but they’re not unwilling to learn something new. What is the best introductory tabletop game to play?August 1, 2013 at 10:48 am #1405
This is a tough question to answer with only one game. But I think I’ll go with the one we started playing when our weekly gaming group first started, Risk Legacy. Risk Legacy takes an old game people have probably at some point played and adds the greatest thing ever, a customizable game board and card deck. A 15 game campaign leads you through the evolution of the land using stickers and writing on the board. You have the option to keep playing with the same faction and adding to their powers.
The box is pretty awesome and upon opening it you’ll see a series of sealed envelopes that contain cards as well as sealed compartments in the box that can totally change the game. These things can only be opened when specific thing have taken place in the game such as when a player gets eliminated for the first time. It’s a little hard to not spoil the surprises that come along the way.
Why this makes a good introductory? It gives new players something they’re somewhat familiar with while keeping it interesting and different. It takes strategy but the constantly changing game play (which is very well laid out in the rule book for easy rule referencing) makes it so everyone has a fair chance to win. Also, whoever wins the 15 game campaign can keep the game board for a trophy. If only it wasn’t spoilery to tell you what is in those sealed envelopes and compartments.August 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm #1406
Oh this is a tad difficult; it would have to be a game with simple rules and the opportunity for the chance to expand the game play. If any game in particular it might be “Zombies!”, its a fast paced horror survival game, it’s relatively simple to learn, fun to play watching friend wander into shops for supplies only to be trapped fighting tooth and nail against an ever growing horde of zombies trying to reach the helipad escape. Here I’ll post a link:August 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm #1409
I guess I’ll go with the game that got me in to gaming, Fluxx, the card game of ever changing rules. A game that can be a bit tough for people to wrap their brains around but is incredibly fun once people grasp how it works. It makes a good introductory game because the rules are simple. Draw one card, play one card. You do whats on the card and that’s that. What makes it interesting (and admitedly a bit difficult to grasp for some) is that there are different types of cards: Rules, Actions, Goals, Keepers, and Creepers. Rule cards change the rules of the game. Actions allow you do what the cards says. Goals are, of course, how you win. Keepers are generally what you need to achieve a goal, and creepers prevent you from winning. What makes it fun is that it’s never the same game twice. When everyone get’s the hang of how it works it goes pretty quickly, even faster when everyone knows what all the cards do without having to read them. There are also many different themed versions of Fluxx that alter the gameplay. Pirate, Star (space), Stoner, Wizard of Oz, Monty Python, Chthulu, Martian, Zombie, Eco, and FamilyAugust 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm #1410
I was going to go with Zombies! but Kenneth beat me too it.
Personally, any game in which you screw others over would get my vote. It seems to get people really into it. Well, if only for payback.August 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm #1411
Ticket to Ride is a pretty good one for new people. Easy to pick up and plays pretty quickly, so newbies aren’t sitting around waiting for people to finish a long turn when they don’t really know what’s going on.
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