5 Board Games To Jump Start Your New Hobby

IMG_20190927_224544_147First off, I’m so happy you decided to take your first step into this amazing hobby! It can be a bit daunting to begin your own collection; there are so many great games to choose from! 

Fear not; I’m here to take the stress away from picking your first few games that will ease you in and get you ready to expand your collection. These board games are what I like to call “foundations,” because while they’re easy and have a dash of thinking and strategy, they will also get you psyched up to play games that dig deeper into their mechanics. 

They’re also called “gateway” games, so if you want to search this term up to expand your own knowledge about them, go for it! Or you can stick around and let me do the research for you. 

Let’s dive into the 5 games I believe are great games to begin your board game collection. 

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Mysterium, A Review


Mysterium (2015)

Players: 2-7

Playing Time: 42 minutes. (Which is odd to have such an exact time on a box.)

Age: 10+ (I had a nine-year-old play this and she did fine.)

Weight: 1.92/5 (Source: Board Game Geek)

Designer: Oleskandr Nevskiy, Oleg Sidorenko

Artist: Igor Burlakov, Xavier Collette, Oleskandr Nevskiy, Oleg Sidorenko

Publisher: Libellud

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Great Western Trail, a Review

s-l1600               The box art isn’t very appealing. Three stoic men staring at you. A train, some teepees, cows, a cowboy. Something tells you that this game is about the wild west, that you’ll be shooting some bad guys and going on an adventure.

Or you probably moved on to the other games with more attractive box art.

But wait! You decided to examine the box further. Your curiosity is piqued. What’s so “great” about this trail, anyway? So you turn to the back of the box and find an image of the board and little wooden discs and what the heck is all this?

A game about cows. And trains. And buildings. And money.

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