A simple tile-based game that plays until the tiles run out. Then final scoring takes place and whoever has the most points wins. When you place a tile it must be placed adjacent to any existing tile and the edges of the new tile MUST match any edges of existing tiles that it touches. After placing a tile you may place one of your 7 people on the tile you just placed on an area not already claimed. Your people help you score points.
This 2-4 player game is typically fast paced and lasts <30 minutes. It is easy to pick up.
Cyclades is a civilization building game set in the Greek isles that plays until a player builds two metropolises. To do so players bid for the favor of one of the five Gods each round. Each God grants different options for that round including moving armies, boars, building buildings, or gaining scholars. Mythical creatures are also help wreck havoc into the machinary. A balance of offense and defense is needed to win this game.
This 2-5 player game has a moderate pace and is fairly easy to jump into but complex enough that it takes some time to build up effective strategies for (if you're up against experienced players).
3-7 player card-based civilization building game. Plays through 3 Ages, then point-based scoring.
Settlers of Catan
2-6 player dice/resource based civilization building game to points.
We have the Seafarers and Knights and Barbarians expansions for this. Base game is 2-4 players, we have the 5-6 player expansions for all sets.
A fun 2-5 player civilization building game with dice, cards, and baby-making. Takes about 30 mins per player to play. Relatively fast-paced. Play until game-level milestones are reached (out of cards).
A fun 2-8 player game where you program your robot's movements to try to get to checkpoints on a grid, then watch the bumper-car style havoc that ensues as robots and the board push, shoot, and bump into each other. More players is harder to unravel, but also tends to get a lot of loud laughs.
7 Deadly Sins
Trivial Pursuit meets (relatively mild) Truth or Dare themed around the 7 Deadly Sins.
Although generally well liked by board gamers, this is a complex game that we haven't actually played yet even though we own it. If there are veteran players here we'll be happy to learn.
A standard poker-deck based game that wraps three games into one: poker, rummy, and hearts.
We have several Lego board games that are great for even young kids. Ninjago, Robo Champ, Minotaurus,and Pirate Plank.
Non-Lego games include R2D2 Sorry, Connect 4, and classics such as Risk, Monopoly, Simpsons Clue.