My wife had been trying to get me to play board games with her for YEARS, but I always found them to be such a chore. Everytime we played Monopoly I got bored halfway through and mortgaged everything. Every time we played Life I felt like that spinny thing hated me. Every time she asked me to play Clue with her I just rolled my eyes.
Being a programmer by trade, I heard a podcast entitled Board Gaming for Geeks and Programmers
. This was the turning point for me. I discovered that there was more to games than what you could find on the shelves at Walmart! I've been hooked ever since and my wife couldn't be happier.