I've played Settlers of Catan (with Cities and Knights and the Ships one too) and it's a great game. I've also played Game of Thrones--also a great game. They can take some time to play through, but welll worth it with some fun loving friends. I saw Ticket to Ride the other day in a game store. I'll have to check it out more thoroughly. Has anyone ever played "Twilight of the Imperium"? Now THAT is a MEGA game. It's very involved and takes a good long time when you play with people who are very meticulous in their planning. For anyone who doesn't know about it, the goals are very similar to Game of Thrones and Catan and that is to build up "victory points", but it's space based, you build up fleets, you have to manage certain logistical concerns regarding ships, troops, and production as well as political influence, you research technology to get an edge, there are many many races with different strengths and weaknesses, and it's just a whole lot of fun. I'd recommend it to fans of the others games mentioned. Be warned, it has a learning curve and it's always best with more people.