Settlers of Catan! It's a Germanese board game! Except the board is different every time. Four player game with an available 5-6 player expansion set. Involves acquiring and resources and using those to build and expand one's little wooden community. Shorter gameplay than risk, longer than scrabble. Lame by explanation, but thrilling by practice.
Various expansions include Seafarers, Cities and Knights, and Traders and Barbarians, all of which alter and expand on the gameplay to various extents. Also a strictly card-game version, and spin-offs including galactic, historical, Biblical and Mormon themes.
Played this game at a friends' place over the years, but lots this past holiday break. I mark myself a fan. Most folks aren't super familiar with it though. Any of you loverly people aware of / enjoy it?