I got money back from the dentist the other day (insurance paid more than they expected--wow!) and I figure that's basically found money, so I made a trip to Nan's and ended up with War & Sheep and The Settlers of Catan Card Game. Mark isn't in the mood for a game this evening, so I've had to settle for reading the rules and looking at the cards, but both games look like fun. I've also found favorable reviews here & there, including at The Games Journal, which I've just added to my favorites list.
I think a game group sounds divine.... Our friends are very tolerant and are generally willing to play games after dinner, but it's never the main focus of the evening. Also, we're usually somewhat tipsy by then, so we tend to lean towards the familiar and easier games. I'm really not knocking this--Ivanhoe, Quiddler and Battle Cattle are SUPER games and I love playing them. I just know we have some great stuff that would be even better with more people (Galaxy comes to mind right away). I'll just have to be patient. After all, someday we'll have kids, and they're a captive audience :-)