Susan and I introduced some novices (Avi, Sharon, Brian, and Adelaine) to gaming with a post Shabbat meal session of Ticket to Ride. I ran the game – dealt with the rules, help, and so on – but did not play. That made things go a wee bit faster.
Susan won, but just. What was gratifying was the apparently positive response. At the start, complaints about complexity and fear of the rules. At the end, complaints about strategies not working and fear of not getting finished! So, there may be more gaming recruits for future sessions.