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New Generation of Gateway Games - What's the Trend?

Gateway games—whether we agree or not on the proper terminology, I'm talking about games that have the greatest potential to accommodate a wide range of audience who are new to the hobby. And while some of the most commonly played gateway games of the past were Catan and Carcassonne, the gamers of today have Azul, Tiny Towns, The Quacks of Quedlinburg, PARKS, and so much more. So what are the elements that make up this new generation of gateway games? In this recent review, Trent walks through the commonalities among these games and shows why he believes The Whatnot Cabinet will fall under the same category.


Here are some cool projects we're helping to spread the word. First, we have AdapTableTop which passed the $250K mark this week and won't be slowing down any time soon. These "accessory-type" tabletop Kickstarters are often a hit and if you need a modular solution to expand your limited tabletop space while also preventing food hazards, make sure to check out the campaign. Next, Obsidia qualified for the COVID-19 extension and earned just enough of a breathing room to reach their funding goal this week! At the time when this newsletter goes out, you'll only have 24 hours left to get on this dark fantasy game of tile placement and area control. And as mentioned before, you can try it out on Tabletop Simulator before you pledge!

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Five Board Game Tragedies

For this week's "Things Found on the Web," I have two types of content that are both likely going to be hit or miss for some of you. First, here's a fun video to start your day with at least one relatable tragedy on your tabletop.

No Pun Included Plays D&D (ft. Paul Dean, Formerly of Shut Up & Sit Down)

The image of Paul in the Cuddle Room is forever burned onto my eyes. That's not what I'm here to talk about though, and Shut Up & Sit Down fans who have sorely missed Paul's presence will love seeing him in his natural habitat, exercising a stretch of the imaginations in great company. If anything, I just love that NPI is using their platform to introduce many board gamers to another major part of our hobby world.


As always, you can have a chance to win a $60 value board game of your choice by contributing to the community. Leave comments, make a post, add missing data on the game pages to gain as many entries before the deadline! Which game would you get if you won? If I could qualify, at the moment I'd probably choose The Underworld Expansion for Root.

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nealkfrank 43 days ago | 2 points[-]

I see that picture of Concordia :))

philryuh Supporter43 days ago | 2 points[-]

This is basically what my wife said about 20 minutes into the game: "I can see why so many people still talk about this." :D

theDL 43 days ago | 2 points[-]

That's awesome! Can't wait to try it some day. I really hope my wife likes it, haha. She's definitely an aesthetics-driven gal, though, so the gameplay will have to wow her for her to buy in. I'll have to catch her in the right mood, lol.

philryuh Supporter43 days ago | 1 point[-]

Even though it doesn't stop me from enjoying the game, I'm usually way more critical about aesthetics than the average gamer. but I've been realizing lately that my wife is on a whole another level lol. She commented about how the resolution of some of the graphics on the board (the names of the provinces on the map) weren't so crisp and that made me o_o

She also commented about the component quality, which is completely fair (e.g. "Cloth" is just a blue square slab lol)

theDL 43 days ago | 1 point[-]

I just found this component upgrade which is pretty cool, but also very expensive (out of stock anyway):

This one is more reasonable, and still cool!

philryuh Supporter42 days ago | 1 point[-]

OOOHH, first time seeing the ones from Meeple Source! I'll show them to my wife and see what she thinks :)

theDL 42 days ago | 1 point[-]


philryuh Supporter39 days ago | 1 point[-]

@theDL @nealkfrank

Showed them to my wife and I also mentioned how next year, I'm planning to just expand/upgrade our favorite games and buy less new games. She thinks we should buy the deluxe tokens, metal coins, deluxe tokens for #Clans of Caledonia and metal coins, and metal coins for #Viticulture: Essential Edition haha. Now let's see if how well I stick with the "buy less new games next year" part.

theDL 39 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha good luck! I have definitely been considering the Viticulture metal coins, but if I got them, I think I'd store them separately to be able to use them with any game. That's awesome that your wife is into this!

nealkfrank 42 days ago | 1 point[-]

I actually prefer the cheaper options! The screen printing adds a nice touch. 

theDL 42 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah I think I do too, actually!

nealkfrank 42 days ago | 1 point[-]

Maybe one day when I am rich and famous lol. 

nealkfrank 43 days ago | 1 point[-]

Hahah I love the little components! I am also not a stickler on the aesthetic side of things though!

nealkfrank 43 days ago | 2 points[-]

Heck yes!! That brings joy to my heart!

JamesReid860 Supporter29 days ago | 1 point[-]

These gateway games are for sure getting better and better

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