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The Best Beginner Board Games for Adults

Board games are for everyone, so we have picks for new gamers and more-advanced players, for those looking for party games, two-player games, or games to play when you’re out with friends, and for those who prefer cooperative play to competition. This guide is a starting point to discovering games that are fun, interactive, and challenging, and our picks are a great introduction for anyone looking to get more into games. We didn’t include old-school classics (like Monopoly) or challenging enthusiast fare (like Scythe, which we do love), but our Competition section lists many other notable games. And, for more ideas, we encourage you to explore board game forums and to visit your local board game café, store, or bar for personalized recommendations based on your skill level and interests. (Board game publishers print games in limited runs, so if you can’t find one of our picks at a major retailer, a local shop may have it to buy or to play.)

Although our picks are geared toward adults, most are family-friendly. If you’re looking for board games designed with preschool and elementary-school kids in mind, take a look at our guide to board games we love for kids.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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