Just Roll the Dice: Six Beautiful Games to Try with Non-Gamers

Those in the know have all encountered that one figure in their lives. You know the one; they are usually reluctant to try new things. So as a gracious host, you plan ahead and find a game that will feel familiar to them, but no. Pushing through rejection, you scheme once again, planning an evening of friendly competition and snacks since the game doesn’t necessarily have to be game-focused. It could be a fast-food extravaganza; they expertly manage to distract enough from the evening the game never commences. So, it goes on…

There is always someone we care deeply about that we just wish would take the time to sit with us and enjoy themselves gaming. It can be your wife, your best friend, heck even your parents. Yet, there is always some form of resistance. It could be that they are not interested in the subject or competition, or maybe zombie splattering isn’t for everyone. Here are six beautiful games to get that significant other to just try.

Azul Summer Pavilion Board Game

Azul is a beautiful game centered around the idea of resource management and creative design. Suppose that person you’re trying to convince is reluctant because of competition. In that case, this game circumvents that aspect focusing more on the beautiful creations possible set by the multiple tiles and various playthroughs available. A great game to start with; set in Portugal, the player as a master artisan must use their resources to design and create a summer pavilion for the royal family and make sure not to waste any materials. The set-up is quick, and the game is short to play. Have fun creating.


  • 132 Resin Tiles
  • 4 Player Boards
  • 1 Game Board
  • 1 Start Player Token
  • 9 Factory Displays
  • 4 Scoring Markers
  • 1 Linen Bag
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Tower
  • 1 Round Counter
  • 4 Point Counters


  • Age: 8+
  • Number of Players: 2 - 4
  • Play Time: 30 min

Honey Buzz Board Game

The premise of this game is fantastic enough to get any reluctant player enthused. The Queen bee has discovered economics, and through the sale of honey, the bees seek to bring peace to the forest. Never has a hidden economy class been so much fun or entertaining. Tell your focused business friend the premise and see how their eyes light up with business plans. The game has you setting up a hive, then resource collecting, and a sales mechanic. Sell your wares to bears, badgers, and other forest dwellers. Bring peace to the world through honey.


• Two (2) Game Boards
• Nine (9) Configuration Cards
• Twelve (12) Contest Cards
• Twenty-six (26) Order Cards
• Sixteen (16) Starting Hive Tiles
• Sixty-Three (63) Standard Hive Tiles
• Twenty-Four (24) Nectar Tiles
• One (1) First Player Marker
• Sixty (60) Coins
• Twenty-Eight (28) Honey
• Fifteen (15) Pollen
• Four (4) Player Boards
• Four (4) Player Aids
• Forty (40) Worker Beeples
• Four (4) Fan Tokens
• Four (4) Forage Tokens
• Eleven (11) Solo Contest Cards
• Ten (10) Drone Cards
• Two (2) Drone Tokens


  • Ages 10+
  • 1-4 Players
  • 45-90 minutes

Atheneum: Mystic Library Board Game

Then there is the outlier. That friend is into all fiction, science fiction that loves card games, which would seem to be right at home in front of a table rolling dice yet seem to avoid the activity like the plague. Atheneum might be the game for them! The fun premise sees the players take on a would-be mage preparing for a test inside the library; thankfully, it magically gives the magic student an edge. With a flick of the wand and the right set of books, an entire subject matter can be learned, a high school fantasy for many. The only drawback is security needs you to clean up and organize once you used your magics. So, get together with your plot and study through the night to ace that test!


  • 1 Library Board
  • 1 Cloth Bag
  • 5 Student Pawns (1 per color)
  • 30 Magic Wands (6 per color)
  • 5 Main Shelves
  • 10 Side Shelves
  • 160 Book Tokens (32 per color)
  • 60 Study Cards
  • 35 Objective Cards
  • 40 Bonus Tokens
  • 30 Spider Tokens
  • 1 Rulebook


  • 2-5 players
  • Ages 10+
  • 30–45-minute playtime

Calico Board Game

Is your significant other’s main complaint that board games are just competition? That there is just too much stress and it’s just something they don’t enjoy. Well, look no further than Calico, a game that sees players craft together quilts to lure on cats. This game is relaxing, beautiful, and slow-paced. It still is a challenging game that sees the players solving puzzles and paths to create wonderful quilt works. Get cozy as soon enough the players will find themselves surrounded by kitties and warmth.


  • 4 Dual-layer Quilt Boards
  • 108 Patch Tiles
  • 80 Cat Tokens
  • 52 Button Tokens
  • 24 Design Goal Tiles
  • 5 Double-Sided Cat Scoring Tiles
  • 6 Black & White Patch Tiles
  • 1 Score Pad
  • 1 Cloth Bag
  • 1 Master Quilter Tile
  • 1 Button Scoring Tile


  • Ages: 14+
  • Players: 1-4
  • Game Length: 30-45 minutes


While the title might suggest only a small few would enjoy a game about ornithology, the game itself is fun and challenging. An unexpected surprise for the person you are trying to game. Here you play a bird enthusiast; you research, collect, watch then as your turns fly by, your feathered friends are laying eggs represented by colorful miniatures. If the beautiful art of the game does not engage their interest, the gameplay sure will.


  • Brand Stonemaier Games
  • Genre 1-5
  • 170 Unique Bird Cards
  • 26 Bonus Cards
  • 16 Automa Cards
  • 5 Custom Wooden Dice
  • 5 Player Mats
  • Variety of miniature colored eggs


  • Ages 14 +
  • Players 1-5
  • Game Lenght 40 - 70


One of the most frequent complaints regarding board games is that they all feel similar. That claim by those who don’t play games is laughable. The gauntlet has been cast, and it’s up to you as a host to show them they could not be more wrong. Dixit might be the most creative game on the list. A card game is a storytelling platform where each player participates as a storyteller weaves a yarn. The players must decide which card best fits the narration. Fantastic art that conjures an almost dream-like atmosphere, players have many reasons to enjoy sitting with each other just sharing stories.


  • 84 New Cards
  • 6 Game Pieces in 6 Different Colors


  • Age: 8 +
  • Players 3 - 6
  • Play Time: 30 Minutes

There are six great games to share with your friends to sit down and play. Especially that one character that insists board games aren’t their thing. Show them it’s fun to spend time just sitting and enjoying each other company. Games do not have to be some free for all event; they just need to be a reason to enjoy spending time together, laughing, drinking something warm, trying not to cheat as your birds lay one extra egg, or maybe one more patch on a quilt.

It’s about having fun but have fun together.