Wow that last thread got a huge response. I have attempted to tabulate here people's responses (probably incorrectly). I realize now that maybe a poll would have been a better way to do this, but I will be counting each recommendation as +1 for that game, and every warning against a game as a -1
Age of Steam or one of the other permutations of it
Le Havre +2
Lords of Waterdeep +4
Mice and Mystics +2
Through the Ages +2
Galaxy Trucker -1
Merchants of Venus +1
Merchants and Mauraders +2
Android Netrunner +3
King of Tokyo -1
Alien Frontiers +2
Also submitted - Core Worldsx3, Battles of Westeros (by geekmail), Dungeon Fighter, Atlantis Rising, Castles of Burgundy x3, Caylus, Agricola: All Creatures, Solo Gaming (Mage Knight, D&D Ravenloft, Thunderbolt Apache Leader), Fortune and Glory, Claustrophobia x2, Cyclades, Hansa Teutonica, Trajan, Ora et Labora, D-Day Dice, Luna
So given that list, I would say the top contenders are
3. Lords of Waterdeep
4. Android: Netrunner
5. Core Worlds
6. Castles of Burgundy
Honorable mention goes to Through the Ages, Le Havre, Merchants and Marauders,Claustrophobia and Mice and Mystics for their +2 results.
Tonight or tomorrow morning it is off to the game store (Dream Wizards in Rockville, MD most likely) to see what their selections hold (I love the feeling of buying a game and not having to wait for it to arrive).
In the meantime, I will send BGG links to all six of those games to my girlfriend so she can give her reactions.
As a side note, instead of using my weekly reward on a CD this week, despite my roll and interest, I have decided to use it on a book, specifically the third book in the Foundation Series. I have read the first two, and just got my hands on the fifth, so I want to fill in the gap before I plunge ahead.