Codenames is the best game to get people into the hobby. Agree?

I think the go to used to be Catan but at this point it's so easy to get my friends and family excited about games with Codenames. I'm happy to finally have a party game that I enjoy playing too. Most of the ones my friends would play just never seemed that interesting.

2 points by rockstar - updated 12 months ago | 10 comments | report | subscribe

walterbd 16 months ago | 3 points[-]

codenames is really good, but everyone is different so i think you'll have a hard time finding a "best" game for absolutely everybody. 

rockstar 16 months ago | 1 point[-]

I guess I just mean it's the game I go to most often with groups. Even though I have other light games that could be good as introductory ones Codenames still seems like the best still.

walterbd 16 months ago | 2 points[-]

I can definitely see it being a game like that! We usually tend to default towards Betrayal at House on the Hill, because it is complex and new every game, but also easy for people to pick up and go along with. i can definitely see lighter games being more useful in that regard though!

zerotozero 16 months ago | 2 points[-]

It could be a good one but some people get intimidated out you have a person that wants to QB and can ruin an experience. I try to stick to a game where someone is in control of what they get to do without influence from the other players.

rockstar 16 months ago | 2 points[-]

That's a good point. You need to have the right audience for coops to go well.

zerotozero 16 months ago | 1 point[-]

My group is getting into a groove with Pandemic but having played a lot more I will generally point in a direction then let the group make calls from there.

BlueGiant42 16 months ago | 2 points[-]

It certainly is a good one, but its really hard to say best anything.  I have had people not like the game, and I have had a wide variety of games be successful.  I actually do a segment on Boardgame Breakfast about this.  I am in the military and move around a lot so I have to "convert" gamers fairly often.  You have to tailor the game to your target audience.  Know a little about them.  Show an interest in them and their likes and dislikes.  That connection with them will not only help you know what kind of games will appeal to them, but that importance you place on connecting with them will likely draw them to wanting to play more with you.  Maybe even more than the game itself. 

Im rambling now.  But thats my take :)

trentellingsen Supporter16 months ago | 2 points[-]

What are some of your go to games for converting?

FirstJohn318 16 months ago | 1 point[-]

some of my best go to games for converting people will always be:

  • King Of Tokyo
  • Avalon Resistance
  • Love Letter
  • Grizzled
  • Lords Of Waterdeep (while it may seem complicated it has really simple mechanics. Go here, do this, get points)
  • Kingdomino
  • Mystic Vale
  • Sheriff of Nottingham

And of course the ever popular Twilight Imperium 4.

rockstar 16 months ago | 1 point[-]

I just discovered Board Game Breakfast! Very cool show!

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