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They peer in, dubious and shy. Morn scans the room to see what sorts of other children there are. Dad and his little girl both look intrigued. You smile encouragingly and invite them in. Clearly, they want to play. What do you suggest?
Here, I recommend basic games to intrigue beginners of any age. In my next column (LJ 1/11), I'll move on to more complex games, for uninitiated players wanting more of a challenge.
Give them what they want
Gateway games act as "bait" for apprehensive players in the same way that graphic novels can act as bait to attract apprehensive readers of any age. They can be used to offer gaming to people who don't play a lot, or those who are …