Wow! That title makes this sound like a much better post than it is actually going to be. There are 3 games that I play that really work well for my more gamer/geek inclined students. I would be remiss if I didn’t include them.
Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game
This card game is essentially just for 2 players, but you can have several people over to play. This may not be the game to just teach, but it is the kind of game that you can learn to play easily if you have students who are into the game. Ask them to bring their decks to your house and teach you the game. Check out the official site for a demo
This Hasbro game is pretty fun, it looks cool, and has simple rules. It does have a whole lot of set up time, but the payoff in a really neat board is worth it. This game works best for groups of 4 or less (unless you are going to do more than one board). It takes a very big space to play, too. You can pick up the main set at Wal-Mart, Target, or Toys-R-Us. It is a good game to play with people who want action without much strategy or extra thought. Good mindless fun.
Dungeons and Dragons
One day I will have to sit down and have a open forum about this game, but for right now let me just say to not believe the press about it. It takes some initial investment in both money and time, but once you have a group it is a great way to spend some time with a small group of teens. This isn’t exactly a board game and the amount of work it takes to get started probably keeps it from being a good idea on an one shot game night thing. But if there are youth pastors out there who want some success stories in using D&D in ministry as well as some advice send me an email.