Hi. Chris here.
I'm a software developer by trade. I've gotten back into boardgames after a long absence. It started with discovering mahjong. That's a lifestyle game. My wife and I have taught over 100 people in the Twin Cities are how to play, and we teach Zung Jung / World Series of Mahjong rules because I think that style is the best of what's available.
I do plenty of other gaming. The first group is a small group of friends, most of whom happen to be women. Dominion is a group favorite, but they are open to new games and I've started to bring Cosmic Encounter to them. Lighter, shorter games are best with this crowd.
I am also very lucky to live in an area with many regular get togethers of more advanced gamers. I've gotten BSG Express and Zaibatsu to the table at these events, as well as Dune and Kingmaker.
If you're a PnP Secret Santa, I've put several games on my wishlist, but I'd be especially excited to try something I may not have considered that you really like. Please skip the solitaire games because as much as I enjoy them, they are not a priority over spending time gaming with people I enjoy. Give my collection and my ratings a look and go from there.