Board games are fun for everyone! Sometimes you just need to start with the right game to become a true enthusiast. Gateway games are just the thing for this occasion: with easy rules, fast and simple but engaging process.

Check our list of 15 great gateway games on Tabletopia to get you (and your friends) started in the wonderful world of modern board games.

Also, many of these games will remind you of games you might already know!


If you like dominoes, you will definitely enjoy playing this classic.

1. Marrakech

2–4 Players; 20–35 Min


In Marrakech each player takes the role of a salesperson who tries to outwit the others by moving Assam, the market organizer, and laying rugs.

If you’re good at checkers, this next game will be easy for you.

2. Santorini

2–3 Players; 20 Min


Santorini is fast little strategy game with a sprinkle of variable player powers about building a city on a Greek island.

Scrabble is a classic, but word games come in different shapes. Check this one out:

3. Paperback

2–5 Players; 45 Min


Word-building meets deck-building in the unique game Paperback. Players start with a deck of letter cards and wild cards. Each hand they form words, and purchase more powerful letters based on how well their word scored.

Adventure games are always fun for the whole family!

4. Survive: Escape from Atlantis!

2–4 Player; 45 Min

Survive: Escape from Atlantis is a cutthroat game where players seek to evacuate their pieces from an island that starts to sink. On your way to safety of the surrounding islands you must remember where your highest-valued pieces are located and beware sea serpents, whales, and sharks!


5. Jackal

2–4 Players; 60–120 Min

In Jackal the players take command of pirate bands disembarking on Treasure Island and explore the island in search of treasure to load on board their ships, while trying to recapture treasure from each other at the same time.


Card games are known to everyone. Try these fast and easy ones that bring cardplay to the next level.

6. Nightmarium

2–5 Players; 15–45 Min


Nightmarium is a fast card game about combining body parts to complete surreal creatures for 2-5 players aged 10+. The game is quick, easy to learn, and full of tactical decisions.

7. Hollywood

2–6 Players; 20–40 Min

In the movie-making game Hollywood, each player is a studio boss who tries to produce the most successful blockbuster. Players construct movies from game cards that they draft or purchase and ompete to get the most popular stars to perform in their movies.

8. Go Nuts for Donuts!

2–6 Players; 20–30 Min

Go Nuts for Donuts is a fast-paced card game for the whole family with just a sprinkle of strategy. Outsmart your opponents and collect donuts hot out of the oven for points. But beware, if two players go after the same donut, then no one gets it!

9. Burger Up

2–4 Players; 15–30 Min

Burger Up is a card matching puzzle game about the art of burger making. Fill orders, earn prestige and be the best burger chef around! Players strive to become the most prestigious restaurant by building the biggest Burgers and by using the best ingredients.

10. Keltis

2–4 Players; 30–50 Min


Keltis is a multi-player board game in which players score points by playing cards, which must be played in ascending or descending order. Each turn, a card is played which advances the player’s token along a stone path.

Roll and move games are as old as time and known to everyone since the childhood. See how competitive they’ve become in the modern gaming.

11. Boars on the Run

2–4 Players; 50 Min

In Boars on the Run you must be the first player to move your boar onto the “Finish” space. In order to do that, you will manage different types of food in your bag, buy and use various Diet cards, target other players with vendettas, while always trying not to eat too much or too little and planning for precious moments of rest on your dangerous journey.

Civilization games can also be fast, beautiful and very easy!

12. Eight-Minute Empire Legends

2–4 Players; 15–30 Min


Eight-Minute Empire: Legends is a quick game that implements the Civilization/Exploration theme using card-driven area control (by placing armies and cities in a small map) and set collection (by getting abilities from the cards).

Werewolf and similar social deduction games might be familiar to you already. Try this variant below with your friends and family!

13. Spyfall

3–8 Players; 15 Min

Spyfall is a party game unlike any other, one in which you get to be a spy and try to understand what’s going on around you.

Everyone knows Uno! You’ll find new and more advanced implementations of its ideas in the following  game.

14. Monster Fluxx

2–6 Players; 20 Min

As with all versions of Fluxx, the rules start in Monster Fluxx as “Draw 1, Play 1”, but players can play New Rule cards to change the rules of the game.

Have you played dice rolling games like Yahtzee?

15. Swintus 3D

2–6 Players; 15–20 Min

In Swintus 3D you will be rolling 7 dice and use the results to obtain food cards right before your opponents can do the same. The first player who collects 7 pieces of the same food wins the game.

We hope that you and your friends will enjoy these fast and easy games and even use them to attarct new people to our wonderful hobby.

Happy gaming, and see you at the table!