What kind of board games do I love? Most of my favorites are highly interactive with great themes. Ameritrash with a Euro blend. And preferably some kind of board with figures. However, I play plenty of games without these elements. You will rarely, if ever, see me sit down to play something like Risk or Monopoly. I detest those kinds of games. Right now, my favorites are:
Descent 1st Edition - a 3-5 player, 4 hr dungeon crawl in which heroes pit themselves against the evil Overlord to accomplish their quests. Currently my all time favorite.
Acquire - a, 2-6 player 60-90 minute stock buying, money crazed, tile placement game. The kind of game that can be awesome or terrible depending on how it shakes out.
Sentinels of the Multiverse - a 60 min, 3-5 player cooperative card game in which a number of heroes battle a villain in a unique environment. A fun thematic game for anyone who likes superheroes.
Twilight Struggle - a 2 player 2-3 hour game of deep strategy to win the Cold War for either the USA or the USSR. A slow burn type of game.
Resistance Avalon - a 5-10 player bluffing game with the theme of Merlin vs Morgana. The awesomeness of this game with a fun group of people cannot be overstated. Just freaking fun.
Those are my top five games, but I have many more that I would play at the drop of a hat. I am very protective of my games. Most of them, if they have cards, are sleeved in protective plastic slips. I often laminate pieces of the games or download extra player helps to aid the players in game play.
I'm also a collector. I enjoy hunting down all the pieces, promos, expansions, etc of the games I buy so I can feel at peace that I've got a complete set. I also enjoy the interaction between players, the bantering, those moments of triumph, defeat, exultation. Board games are awesome.