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The term ‘Gateway Game’ has been doing the rounds now for a number of years now. It’s probably a term that gets used more often by those heavily into the board gaming scene, so if you haven’t come across it, this article will help explain it’s meaning and why it’s relevant to everyone who likes board games.

There are many types of board games, ranging from your casual party style games to the more involved heavy strategy games.

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Somewhere in-between is a range of games that have become increasingly popular over the last decade or so. Many of these games originated in Europe and as a result have been labelled ‘Eurogames’. Sometimes they are also referred to as ‘family strategy games‘.

The main feature of Eurogames is that they generally are not overly complex, have a relatively short playing time (1 – 1.5 hours) and a wide variety of game mechanisms.

There are literally thousands of Eurogames to choose from, so where to start? If you’ve never played a game of this style it can be daunting to look at the wide variety of titles with the hope of finding something you might like.

If you’re new to this style of gaming ideally what you need are games that are easy to learn and fun to play.┬áThis is where ‘Gateway Games’ come in.

A ‘Gateway Game’ is a game that will provide a gateway to a new style of board game. Once you have played one of these ‘easier to learn’ strategy games a whole new world of boardgaming will be available to you.

Our recommendations for great ‘Gateway Games’ are listed below. If you’d like to know more, stay tuned to this blog as we will follow up this article with more details on each of these great games.

Perhaps you have a recommendation for a great gateway game. Please let us know in the comments below



1. Carcassonne

2. Settlers of Catan

3. Ticket to Ride

4. Dominion

5. Pandemic


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