Via Reddit, I saw this fantastic list at Board Game Geek, detailing the top 100 “gateway” games, which is how we describe a game you use as an infection vector for tabletop gaming.
Here’s the top ten, as voted on by Board Game Geek members:
1 Ticket to Ride/TTR Europe
2 Carcassonne (all)
3 King of Tokyo
5 For Sale
6 Diamant/Incan Gold
7 Can’t Stop
9 Love Letter
10 Settlers of Catan
As I’ve written before, different games work for different people, and someone who loves Ticket To Ride may not like King of Tokyo at all, so ask your non-gamer or tabletop-curious friends questions, and choose their gateway game carefully. All of these games have a high ratio of luck to strategy, which makes it a lot of fun for experienced and new players alike to play together.
And, as luck would have it, a lot of these games have been played on Tabletop, so you can get an assist from Your Old Pal Wil Wheaton when you introduce one of them to a new gamer. Just use the links above.
Have fun, and PLAY MORE GAMES!
One of the most frequently asked questions about Tabletop is: "How do I get those awesome brains you used as counters in Zombie Dice?"
They were made by our AMAZING art director and prop master, Nick, (who made the show look incredible, and still came in under his budget) out of some kind of foam that apparently kills you if you eat it, so I can't exactly tell people to go and do the same thing we did.
…but look at what Mel From Hell showed me on Twitter just now!
This was made with Sculpey, and is awesome. So now you know how to make your own cool Zombie Dice brain counters.
Get Excited and Make Something!