"Hey Rich, what board game should I buy?"
You asked, I'm answering... albeit a bit late (sorry Nic).
These are all what you would refer to as "gateway games" i.e. easy to learn. I'll update this post periodically with whatever I'm playing and recommending. I've included reviews by The Dice Tower (Don't judge, Tom Vasel knows his shit).
I've also only listed locally available games. You have no excuse.
For 2 - 4 adults:
For the family:
For games' nights with friends:
For lunch break:
Happy gaming everyone. Also, if you're worried that this will make you a bit nerdy, even Vice thinks it's rad...!