I recently helped lead a trip for a group of college students. I brought some games for people to play during our free time if they wanted to. There were a few games that I noticed people who learned the game from me quickly teaching to others. A couple of people on the trip had played a few modern games beforehand (mainly codenames and One Night Ultimate Werewolf) but most of them were new to modern boardgames. I think the fact that a new person would learn a game and then teach it to another new person is an indicator of a great gateway game, so I thought I’d start a post here.
On this particular occasion the game that I taught that went on to be taught by the most other people was The Mind. By the end of the week roughly 25 different people had learned and played it even though I only taught it a few times.
The other big hit was Citadels. I already thought Citadels was a great gateway game and this further confirmed it. I taught it twice to about 7 total people. They went on to teach it and play it with many more people.
What games have you taught someone, that they went on to teach other people?
The other games I have seen this happen with on other occasions are Mysterium, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Codenames, and Jungle Speed.