What games do you think make a good transition for people who do a lot of video gaming? Useful stuff would probably be familiar themes, easily taught, simple scoring, and no player elimination. I mean, Risk is fun, but if you get knocked out 20 minutes into a three hour game, you're gonna be pissed.
I don't do any RPG'ing anymore (can't commit to the regular timing), but boardgame wise...Zombies!!!
Everybody loves zombies, world's simplest combat system, respawns, and visually great- dozens of plastic zombies chasing you around and awesome card art
. Downsides? The game can bog down a bit at times, and at least in the first edition some of the cards were a bit confusing.Carcassonne
The expanding, modular board is cool, everyone loves meeples
, and it is really a kickass little game (good transitional game, but hardcore gamers will play it too). Downsides? Scoring the frikkin farmers is a pain for even experienced players.Ticket To Ride
The easiest game in the world to teach, so you can concievably even play it with Grandma and Grandpa. Also, just a really good game. Downsides are that it is going to be pretty dry for someone used to sophisticated videogames.
Others that might be good- Shadows Over Camelot (I've only played it once), Heroscape (never played, looks expensive)... anyone tried these or had another suggestion?
Also- any RPGs out there that you can "do" in one evening?