These games are easy to fit into a 1.5 hour session for newer players aged 55+. This includes teaching time as well as some socializing: 

Coloretto

Rolling America

Ganz Schon Clever

Sushi Go / Sushi Go Party

The Great Heartland Hauling Company

Word on the Street

Qwirkle

Reiner Knizia's Poison

The Game of 49

Biblios Dice

Biblios 

Forbidden Island

Forbidden Desert

No Thanks

For Sale

Can't Stop

Skull

Capital City

Deep Sea Adventure

Sushizock im Gockelwok

Incan Gold

Just One

Sagrada

Isle of Skye

Lotus

Lanterns

Las Vegas

Maori

Parade

Patchwork (for 2)

Transamerica (or Transeuropa)

10 Days in Africa (or USA)

Let Them Eat Shrimp

Qwixx

Noch Mal

Little Flower Shop

Sharp Shooters

Blockers!

Rondo

Avenue

Qin

Micropolis

Hibernia

Kahuna (for 2)

Nefertiti

Fits

Indigo

Dominion (for more advanced)

Between Two Cities

Quandary

Cafe International

Livingstone

Portrayal

Pluckin' Pairs

High Society

Balderdash

Ingenious

Codenames

Butterfly Garden

The Game

Hanabi

Seven Dragons

Paperback 

Letter Tycoon

Quiddler

Ticket To Ride (longer than 1 hour)

Pandemic (longer than 1 hour)

Pyramid Poker (for 2)

Splendor

Azul

Paris Connection

Abandon Ship

Cartagena

Carcassonne

Pandemic: The Cure

Petite Pastiche

Lost Cities: The Board Game

Telestrations
Wits and Wagers

Koba Yakawa

Dixit

Ivanhoe

Game Selections for Newer Gamers, 55+ 

Over the years I have learned a bit of a magic formula as to  which games are best to teach to new gamers, aged 55+. Here's the criteria I use when selecting games: 

 

  • 45 minutes maximum play time

  • Accessible to ages 8+ (yet not childish)

  • 5-Player count to accommodate large groups

  • Short rule-set

  • One or two decisions per turn

  • Quick turns with little down-time between turns

  • Set-up and teaching never last longer than 10 minutes

In the industry, these are usually referred to as gateway games.

 

On this page is a list of some games that have been very successful at my Golden Gamer groups. If you would like to learn these games on your own, I recommend checking out a website called BoardGameGeek where you can find video reviews as well as videos that show how to play. 

When it comes to teaching, here are some tips: 

  • Never overwhelm players.

  • Always remind them what the win condition is.

  • Include theme in your explanation (if there is one) so that mechanisms make sense.

  • Only teach as much as is needed to start.

  • Teach the rest as the game progresses.

  • Be prepared to help everyone out.

  • Remind players of important rules and pivotal decisions as they come up.

  • Partnering players eases the anxiety of new players.

  • Always, always, always make jokes, have fun, and allow for side conversations.

  • Remember that games are as much about socializing as they are about playing. 

If you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or Maryland, you are very lucky because we have one of the best local game stores in the country. It's called The Games Keep and it's in West Chester, PA. When you visit (closed Mon/Tues), introduce yourself to the owner, Karl, and tell him Bonnie sent you. He is super-friendly, beyond-knowledgeable, uber-helpful, and very happy to let people browse for hours on end. There's also an in-store library of games you can try and open gaming every Friday evening. 

If you have questions about Golden Gamers or introducing games to new players, please send me an email or get in touch via the contact page

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