Here is an overview of the games that I have thus far recommended. I have organized them by a difficulty scale that I came up with. Hopefully this will help navigate my growing list of board game recommendations.

 

The number at the front is my own personal 2016 or 2017 ranking of these games.

 

I have found that the majority of my recommendations are at the 2 level on the scale, which is not surprising. Overall, those are the games that I most enjoy playing. They are games that are relatively easy to teach but require some strategical thinking and offer interesting game play. The 2 level of games, I think, are right at that level of the maximum complexity for most people, but the minimum level of interesting decisions for most gamers. 

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0 (less than 2 minutes to teach, less than 45 minutes to play)

Say Anything (Coming Soonish)

#29 Wits and Wagers Family 

# 45 Snake Oil

#48 Wonky 

#-- Happy Salmon

.. 

1 (less than 5 minutes to teach, less than an hour to play)

#57 Carcassonne 

# 40 For Sale (Coming Soonish)

# 42 Onitama

# 44 The Great Heartland Hauling Company 

#36 No Thanks! 

#41  Parade 

#27 Red7

.. 

2 (5-10 minutes to teach, 90 minutes or less to play)

# 9 Airlines Europe

#45 Alhambra

#6 Baseball Highlights 2045

# 52 Bohnanza

# 17 Castles of Mad King Ludwig

# 1 Dominion

#8 Ethnos

# 2 Lords of Waterdeep

# 25 Medieval Academy

#34 Nations: The Dice Game

# 11 Pandemic

#12 Rise of Augustus

# 19 Stockpile

.. 

3 (10-15 minutes to teach, less than 90 minutes to play).

#3 7 Wonders

# 56 Istanbul (Coming Soonish)

#5 T.I.M.E Stories (Coming Soonish)

#4 Clank (Coming Soonish)

.. 

4 (10-20 minutes to teach, less than 2 hours to play)

#10 Orleans

#32 Euphoria (Coming Soonish)

#26 Murano (Coming Soonish)

.. 

5 (15-25 minutes to teach, over 90 minutes to play)

#7 Tzolk'in

 

 

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