Top 15 Board Games to Start a Game Collection with the Game Boy Geek


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My top 15 board games to start a game collection with. These are the games I think are the best ones to introduce new players from different genres in the board game industry. They are great for newbies.They are easy to learn & teach, but are a blast to play and would be a great start to anyone’s collection.

Qwixx –
Niya –
Las Vegas –
Stop Thief –
Forbidden Island –
Wits & Wagers Vegas –
Camel Up –
Werewords –
Mandala –
Game of 49 –
Just One –
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong –
The Mind –
Codenames Duet –
Ticket to Ride –

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  1. THIS VIDEO is the poster child for why you have the most broadly helpful reviews of anyone. You seem to be the only reviewer with empathy for non-gamers like the ones that I play with. Thank you!!

  2. My list in no order: Ticket to Ride, Dixit (12 player version), 7 Wonders, Catan, Kingsburg, Shadow Hunter, Axis & Allies, Small aWorld

  3. I agree with all games on this list being good recommendations. I only find the list itself lacking in variety. A lot of party, word en coop gamesin this list. Some popular genres are missing.

    I miss a good worker placement game, area control, drafting and tableau builder. Many of these genres have games are new player friendly but so loved by gaming veterans.

  4. Don’t “collect” games, play them. If you have games unwrapped, unplayed and/or only played once then now is a good time to stop buying them.

  5. Was going to be disappointed that the #1 wasn’t going to be on the list. Would have skipped The Mind and went with For Sale, Sushi Go or High Society instead.

  6. I think its a good list for people interested in board games, not sure I would say its the best 15 to buy to start a collection since many are party style games

  7. Kingdomino
    Kingdoms (Reiner Knizia)
    Drakon (Tom Jolly)
    Cave Troll (Tom Jolly)
    Gold Digger (Reiner Knizia)
    Ivanhoe (Reiner Knizia)
    Battle Line (Reiner Knizia)
    Bang: Dice
    Champions of Midguard (Blood Rage for Couples)
    Battle Beyond Space
    Alien Frontiers
    Not Alone
    Castle Panic
    Spector Ops
    Tally Ho!
    Rise of Tribes

  8. Dan, you keep displaying Orleans Stories, but I haven’t seen a video yet from you and can’t get you to comment back. Do you like it?

  9. Forbidden Island, Las Vegas, Wits & Wagers, Deception, Codenames Duet, and Ticket to Ride would all be on my list, too. Very interesting idea for a video, Dan!


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