I've been very lucky to have picked up two great games over my months break. Board games are definitely an area of the hobby that I've become more involved in over the last 18 months.
The first game was Imperial Settlers by Portal Games, a very fun civilisation building game, that is fairly quick to play but offers a range of strategies to win. I love the game-play and the artwork of this game!
The second game is a heavier, more complex game, but is great fun! Forbidden Stars by Fantasy Flight Games is a winner. It is based on the 40K universe which I still love, (despite no longer being a regular 40K player) and has the usual high production standards you expect from a Fantasy Flight Games.
Hopefully these will see regular use with my gaming groups!