Category Archives for The Gateway Game Shelf Podcast

GGS005: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire – the Beginner Game

This month we travel to a galaxy far, far away, with the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game. Jess and I are joined by Chas to discuss how this was, in fact, a gateway game for all three of us.

Game details

# Players: 3-5
Ages: 10+
Game Length (first time): 4 hours, plus breaks
Game Length (average): varies

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GGS004 – Small World

This month we find ourselves in Small World, a competitive game (and more easygoing alternative to risk) that reminds us that it’s a world of sLaughter after all. Jess and I recently introduced some friends to the game, and in this episode we discuss that experience and go through what makes it a good gateway game.

Game details

# Players: 2-5
Ages: 8+
Game Length (first time): 90-120 minutes
Game Length (average): 60-90 minutes

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GGS003: Tsuro

For this episode we discuss Tsuro (pronounced “sir-oh”)  which comes in as one of the most approachable, easy-to-learn, and quick-to-play games in our collection. This is one of those games that ends up on the table every time we host a big game day. Listen in to find out why…

Game details

# Players: 2-8
Ages: 6+
Game Length (first time): 25 minutes
Game Length (average): 15 minutes

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GGS002: Forbidden Island

Next we take a trip to Forbidden Island. a great introductory cooperative game that is easy to learn, quick to play, yet fun time after time. Jess and I pulled our copy off of the game shelf, played a round (which we played at a high difficulty level and barely won), then talked about why this game is most definitely a gateway into the hobby.

Game details

# Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+
Game Length (first time): 45 minutes
Game Length (average): 30 minutes

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GGS001: Ticket To Ride

We dive right in with Ticket To Ride, which actually was as our gateway game that’s led to so many fun gaming sessions. It’s a go-to for us–especially if we want to pull something out that will be fun for someone who isn’t sure what they think about tabletop games. Jess and I pulled our copy off of the game shelf, played a round (which I lost miserably), then talked about why this game is most definitely a gateway into the hobby. Hint: it’s just about as easy to learn as Go Fish…but compelling enough to keep your attention.

Game details

# Players: 2-5
Ages: 8+
Game Length (first time): 75 minutes
Game Length (average): 45 minutes

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GGS000: Introductions

We like introducing people to board games…there’s just something about it that’s fun and a great way to connect with friends (and, well, make friends too). In this inaugural episode of The Gateway Game Shelf Podcast, we (Matt and Jess) discuss the podcast and give a peek into their tabletop / board gaming history and game preferences.

W/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson

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