Holiday Gifts for New Gamers (2019)

Posted by Rae Hurley on

Almost all of us came to tabletop gaming through a gateway game - a board game that is easy to learn, fun to play, and acts as the perfect introduction into the wider world of hobby gaming. The best way to share our excitement for gaming is bringing other potential players to the table, so here's a list of games we think will help show them this is a hobby they can also fall in love with!

Ticket to Ride Europe


From the craggy hillsides of Edinburgh to the sunlit docks of Constantinople, from the dusty alleys of Pamplona to a windswept station in Berlin, Ticket to Ride Europe takes you on an exciting train adventure through the great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe.

SplendorSPLENDOR (£26.99)

As a wealthy Renaissance merchant, acquire mines and transportation, hire artisans and woo the nobility. Create the most fantastic jewelry to become the best-known merchant of them all! Acquire precious stones to trade them for development cards. Use development cards to acquire more gem stones. Use your gems and gold to create the most fantastic jewelry, and appeal to the nobles to gain the prestige you need to win.

WingspanWINGSPAN (£52.99)

You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). These habitats focus on several key aspects of growth: gain food tokens via custom dice in a birdfeeder dice tower, lay eggs using egg miniatures in a variety of colors, and draw from hundreds of unique bird cards and play them. The winner is the player with the most points after 4 rounds.

Forbidden IslandFORBIDDEN ISLAND (£19.99)

Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!


King of TokyoKING OF TOKYO (£33.99)

Play mutant monsters, gigantic robots and other monstrous creatures, rampaging the city and vying for position as the one and only King of Tokyo!

Combine your dice to gather energy, heal your monster or just slap the other monsters down! Spend your energy to trigger permanent or one-shot special powers: a second head, body armor, nova death ray...

Stop at nothing to become the King of Tokyo... but that's when the real trouble begins for you!

Sandwich MastersSANDWICH MASTERS (£20.00)

In a world where the sandwich is king, a pitched battle rages across the food hall. Who shall emerged victorious? Who shall be named the one true Sandwich Master?

Sandwich Masters is a fast-paced card game of strategy, sabotage and sandwiches for 2-4 players. Players race to build sandwiches, complete orders and earn the most noshdosh.

In the battle for sandwich supremacy, however, standards are easily forgotten – and while a hungry customer won't notice the difference between good and bad ingredients (is that sliced beef or a live cow?) the dreaded health inspector will! Throw in attack condiments, vegetarian rats and the occasional poop floor, and it's a recipe for disaster!

Want to see even more options? Take a look at more ideas here!

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