@Sir Fragalot - I think it's funny that your group is looking for something rules light and the first thing you list owning is Arkham Horror :-D
I have a couple historical game suggestions that are being re-released this year by Pandasaurus Games. Tammany Hall
is a game that is light on rules, yet still surprisingly deep in strategy. You position immigrants in an attempt to buy their votes during the mayoral election. Every four years whoever is elected Mayor has to appoint the other positions (each with their own powers). It is
a game of screwing over your buddies to win, so your group needs to be in the mood for that and it may not be a game you play regularly because of that.Great Fire of London
is a semi-cooperative game where you have to weigh your actions based on whether or not you want to put out fires, or simply protect your own property.
As for fantasy, you might look into Smallworld
. The easiest way to describe it is that it plays a little like Risk with special powers. There's also expansions with other races and powers, so if you like the game it can be further expanded to keep it fresh.
Edit: I've been picking up a lot of board games through Kickstarter recently. It's a bit of a drag though, because there's a long disconnect between the time your money leaves and the time the end product arrives. I was going to recommend Dungeon Heroes (currently on KS) as a fantasy game above, but it's strictly a 2 player game.
Edited by roger watersmelon, 09 January 2013 - 07:53 AM.
To avoid double-posting