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Welcome to 2020! This is a perfect time to introduce someone new to the tabletop gaming hobby! Here are 6 great gateway games to get you started!

5.  Kingdomino

In this fast game, players are building a kingdom using dominoes! Instead of the numbers, you match up various terrain types such as forests and lakes to earn the most points. With simple rules and quick play-time, this is a game that is fun to play over and over!

Rating: 7/10
Weight: 1.2/5
MSRP: $19.99

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4. Ticket to Ride

A simple yet surprisingly strategic game of creating train routes across the country! You have secret routes you are trying to claim which usually clash with your opponents’ plans. The game has an inviting table presence and easy to understand rules. There are variations of the game with maps from around the world!

Rating: 6.5/10
Weight: 1.9/5
MSRP:  $49.99

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3. King of Tokyo

A Yahtzee-inspired dice game featuring giant monsters fighting for control over Tokyo! This is a fast-paced game with big colorful components and eye-catching artwork. The rules are quick to learn and the added strategy of power cards makes each game unique.

Rating: 7/10
Weight: 1.5/5
MSRP: $39.99

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2.  Codenames

A now-classic party game, Codenames can be played with groups of 4+. Players work in teams to guess the secret “codename” in this word association game. There are almost a dozen variations of the game from the two-player co-op Duet to Pictures XXL.

Rating: 8/10
Weight: 1.3/5
MSRP: $19.99

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1.  Betrayal at House on the Hill

A great game to teach basic resource management strategy! The theme of gem collectors is presented with fantastic artwork, weighted chips, and good quality cards. Everything is iconic with easy to follow mechanics.

Rating: 7.5/10
Weight: 1.8/5
MSRP: $49.99

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Honorable Mention: Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza

Although basically “Egyptian Rat Screw” with animals, this surprise hit is incredibly fun! Players call out the words of the game title while turning over cards faceup in a pile. When the spoken word matches the cards on the table, everyone slaps the pile as fast as possible! The last to slap has to take all the cards. First one to get rid of all their cards first is the winner!

Rating: 7/10
Weight: 1.2/5
MSRP: $9.99

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