Alright here's a list of some games I highly recommend when you don't have hours to invest into a boardgame. I've hyper-linked the games to their boardgamegeek page.
Betrayal at House on the Hill
This is by far my wife's favorite game that we own as well as one of my own, I believe it has become a bit rare(at least the last time I checked it was twice msrp on ebay). A very fun "dungeon crawl" type game where you lay tiles to unveil new rooms in a haunted mansion. It has several rules, but fairly simple once you play through it a couple times. It is definitely best played w/ 4+ people, but it can be enjoyable with 3(I've never played it with 3, only 4 or more). As you progress through the game you come across omens and must do a haunt roll, if the roll is failed then the traitor is revealed among the people who are playing and it could be anyone depending on the omen found, the room it was in, to the person that unveiled the haunt(there is a nifty book that describes this very easily). From this point on, the traitor/survivors have to try to win the game based off of one of 40+ different scenerarios. The game usually only takes about an hour or so to get through as well so it goes through fairly quickly and it's a lot of fun.Last Night on Earth
My wife and I both really enjoy this game, and in my opinion it's much more enjoyable than "Maul of America" or "Zombies".Apples to Apples
A game that can be quite fun if you're having a party, it is very biased however(you can learn a lot about your friends and family with this game). You have 2 categories "Things and Descriptions" a referee places a description card and everyone else places a thing that they believe the referee would choose. Quite simple and very funny at times. It doesn't take a lot of thought to play and it's very easy to get a game going, even with a bunch of lay(men/women).Pandemic
My dad is a huge fan of this game and actually got me to play several times while I was visiting him. The game kept me very entertained and it has some nail biting elements. Basically you and everyone else you play with work for the Center for Disease Control, each person has a different specialty to assist in fighting off disease. The premise of the game involves the whole world breaking out in almost every deadly virus known to man and your team has to quarantine and eliminate the viruses. It is a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out in my opinion.Bang!
(board/cardgame):Wits & Wagers
Edited by Sacsquash, 18 February 2009 - 07:41 PM.