The good thing about friends is that they always end up getting you to do things that you wouldn't normally do.
I am not a board game person. My family was not a board game family so although I've always moderately enjoyed them, they're never my "go to" entertainment activity. But in recent years I have realized that several good friends are board game junkies. So they have broadened my horizons and introduced me to some really cool games.
I have become a fan of the game Ticket to Ride. It's pretty sweet.
And there was a game called Carcassonne, which was harder to pick up, but also fun.
But of course the key ingredient to any game night is great friends. :)