Want stuff that's a bit of a departure from the old standards... I think I can oblige here. Please be aware that prices for games noted here will typically run in the $50 range, but costs will vary.
* Risk Legacy -- This is an interesting & unique twist on an old classic with a campaign that runs for 15 games. Instead of the typical "world domination" objective, players strive to obtain 4 Victory Points by overtaking your rival's HQ's & completing missions. HOWEVER, the game evolves over the campaign as the winner of each game gets a reward (like naming a continent, founding a major city, ect.) & the survivors can make a small tweak that will affect the next game in the campaign. Other elements come into play when certain conditions are met.
With Legacy-style games... these changes are PERMANENT & PERSISTENT! What you do in the game cannot be undone & once you finish the 15-game campaign (which finalizes everything), you'll have a custom, personalized board that you can play future non-legacy games of Risk.
* Ticket to Ride -- This board game has become a modern classic for being easy to learn & difficult to master. You play as Railroad Tycoons trying to complete as many routes as possible. The US Map is generally the easiest to pick up, but Europe, Asia & Swiss maps can provide challenges as well.
Expansion packs are available, which are typically larger cards & more tickets.
* Settlers of Catan -- Another modern classic where you play as settlers on the island of Catan & have to trade resources with other players to develop your settlements as you strive to each 10 Victory Points.
There's a couple of expansion packs that can be added, as desired.
* Qwirkle -- This tile-laying game plays similarly to dominos as players lay a line of tiles that match in color OR shape, trying to get as many new "line additions" to the board. Players to get a line of 6 tiles in a row (again, either by color OR by shape), that player scores a "Qwirkle" & gets an extra 6 points for each one scored.
* Pandemic -- This is a co-op game (players vs the game itself) as you try to contain 4 major diseases from becoming outbreaks through the world as you struggle against time (& the board) to find the cures & save the world.
This game also comes in a Legacy version (campaign is 12 games long, noted as months. Each "month" can only be attempted twice in the campaign).
* Forbidden Island / Forbidden Desert -- These are a pair of smaller co-op games where you're trying to find the 4 key items & have everybody escape before the Island or the Desert seals your doom.
* Gloom -- This macabre game has you playing as families as you weave their tales of woe on their way to their graves (as you will have to kill off your family). The player with the LOWEST SCORE wins.
* Betrayal on the House on the Hill -- This horror-style game has players exploring an abandoned, creepy mansion (as the name suggests, it's on the top of a hill). As the exploration proceeds, events happen & one of the players turn against the party. From there, it becomes a struggle between the party & the traitor to complete their objective.
There's an expansion pack available with adds a 4th floor, extra house tiles & more events.
* Cards Against Humanity -- This adult game is a question - response style game where one player acts as the judge for each round. This is not recommended for minors due to the context of the cards.
* Secret Hitler -- This game has you playing as members of the German government of the 1930's during an unstable time where the Liberals are struggling to retain the peace & the Fascists who are trying to overtake the government with one being Hitler. This high-tension game of hidden information as the liberals try to figure out who to trust as both sides struggle to reach their objective.
* Blokus -- This 4-player strategy-puzzle game has players laying down tetris-like pieces where ONLY the corners of the same color can touch. Can you maneuver yourself around the board & your opponents as you try to place as many pieces as possible.
There's 2 player version (called Blokus Duo) & a hexagonal version (Blokus Trigon, geared for 3 players) available, which have the same rules, but different starting points.
Please be aware that this isn't an exhaustive nor comprehensive list of games, but it should give you a starting point for stuff that's a bit off the beaten path. Some of these games can be found department stores (Blokus, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan: Family Edition), others can be found at game stores & possibly Barnes & Noble. Secret Hitler is the only game noted here that can only be purchased online through it's website ( http://www.secrethitler.com
) if you want the professional set (which is a very nice & sturdy set). If you don't want to wait for delivery or can't afford it, you can take the "Print & Play" option... where you download the 2 files (rules & cards) & then print-n-cut the pieces (ideally using some decent cardstock) to make your own set.
Hope this helps & enjoy!