My personal recommendations as a board game nerd: Azul-Fun drafting tiles game which is good for beginners Scythe-Engine game with funny jokes Forbidden Island/Desert- co-ops where you manage a slowly disintegrating world while trying to get certain artifacts. They are the only good gamewright games, including the third one. 7 wonders- cool card drafting game Everything by rio grande- all of their games slap, especially dominion and power grid Ticket to ride- Classic drafting and route planning game Axis and Alies- Not for the faint hearted, a 4+ hour combat slog. 3d edition is best, 1st is slightly worse. I would not recommend buying the 2d.
root has an expansion now i believe! also available on steam as a videogame :o I play a lot of azul - which is an abstract strategy game. they have variety of different kinds, but theyre all so pretty in my opinion