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Aug 23, 2016
Instead of looking at the top 10 on, I would instead look at the "weight" rating on that site for each game. For instance, Twilight Struggle is #2 on that site and it's weight rating is 3.52 (out of 5). That's a heavy game for someone new to the hobby to learn and process if you are just getting in hard core. Terra Mystica is a 3.92, and Caverna is a 3.79. You might get lost if these are the first three games you purchase.
I got into the hobby about two years ago in earnest and I started out with the "gateway" games like Ticket To Ride, Stone Age, Splendor, Dominion, and Pandemic.
I buy about one game a month and I can echo some of the earlier suggestions on this thread. Blood Rage is great, but unforgiving if you make a mistake. You can put all your eggs in one basket in that game and get slaughtered, but once you know what the cards do, you rarely make that mistake twice. Dead of Winter is great, as is Betrayal at House on the Hill (both games have crazy replayability due to the crossroad cards in DOW and the 50 scenarios in BAHH. Marvel Legendary is a great deck building game if you get tired of the theme-less (but awesome) Dominion. Stone Age is a great entry point into worker placement games. I haven't yet migrated to the Agricola's of the world. I also think Five Tribes is a nice twist on that worker placement mechanic. I am just now graduating to meatier games like Blood Rage, Cry Havoc, Scythe, and Istanbul.
My advice to you would be check out the "gateway" games (that typically have a weight rating on BGG of about 2.75 or less) to figure out what types of games you prefer. Then, once you do that, start moving into the heavier games of that type with more rules, nuance, and depth.
Aug 23, 2016
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