Amber: Patchwork: A lot of people understand the concept of Tetris, so putting all the pieces together on a "quilt" is a pretty fun twist on the old game. I also like the fact that it takes some visual skills to look at a piece and decide if it is a good piece to fit in the spot you have.
Shannon: Shadows Over Camelot: This game is one of the first cooperative games that I learned how to play. It's the lowest one on my list, because it's one I bring out AFTER I've brought out and taught a few other games first, but this one is one of the first ones that I want to teach.
Amber: Lanterns: This game is an easy teach/learn game because you are just matching colors and hoping to lineup more than 1 for extra cards. I also think it is easy to understand the scoring.
Shannon: King of Tokyo: This game is nice, because it's a lot of fun, the different characters are cute, and it's easy enough for beginner's to catch on to what's happening. It's a fun way to get them to think about how other's actions will affect them.
Amber: Timeline: I like this game in small doses. I am not a huge History buff so I enjoy the challenge to remember dates but, after a few rounds, I can't think straight about when things happened. But for people who love history or remember dates well, it is a fun one to teach and play.
Shannon: Tsuro: This game is simple to teach. All you have to do is lay down tiles and follow the path they take, it helps beginners learn to think ahead.
Amber: Codenames:I like this one for new gamers that are word game people. I think it has a lot of good twists from other word games out there.
Shannon: Dixit: This is a great game to pull out during a game night with lots of people. Give them an example and most people catch on pretty quickly and have a lot of fun.
Amber: Happy Salmon: This one is GREAT for a small group of new gamers and it is fun and chaotic, which only adds to the experience. I think because it is just knowing the 4 cards that can come up and that it takes like 2 minutes to play a round gets newer gamers to say yeah I will give it a try even if they would normally say no.
Shannon: Codenames: Another one that's good with a bigger group, or even when you have a small group. Most people can catch on to this one pretty quickly.
Amber: Forbidden Desert: I like this one a lot for beginners because I enjoy them having to think differently in a game as a team working against the desert. I like Forbidden Island for this reason too.
Shannon: Takenoko: Let's be honest, the cute theme on this game will draw a lot of people to it, and it's an easy enough strategy game that even beginner players can play.
Amber: Love Letter: This one is easy to teach but not always a theme that they can connect too. I have been asked when teaching it, why does it matter who wrote the letter to the princess.
Shannon: Rise of Augustus: This one is a favorite with beginner's that we have taught games to. It's got that fun bingo element with enough strategy that makes it more than just luck.
Amber: King of Tokyo : My husband and I have taught this game to multiple people from age 6 to age 60+ and really who doesn't like punching their friends or being a crazy monster!
Shannon: Forbidden Island: This is probably my favorite cooperative game to teach to new players. It's an easier cooperative game that is also very simple to teach. And you can help coach people along until they understand what they are doing.
Amber: Ticket to Ride : It is hard not to put this one close to the top for me because it is one of my favorite games of all time! But it is an easy game that can be taught pretty easily, you need to make your trains go from point A to point B, by drawing and playing cards.
Shannon: Sushi Go!: When I want to teach someone how to play a card drafting game, this is my go to game. It's fun, cute, quick, and simple to teach!
Amber: Dixit : I feel like this is a great gateway game for people because the concepts are not to far from other more common games. Also the art work is a great conversation starter and why you gave that clue for that picture!
Shannon: Love Letter: This is just one of my favorite games period, and the fact that it's simple enough to teach to beginners makes it even better. I love teaching this game to everyone that I can, and I do!