Moral of the story, games regardless of complexity are always a good excuse to get together with friends and family to enjoy good company.
I completely agree. Sometimes in our fervor of attempting to win people over to "real" games or "proper" games, we forget that the main point is to have fun. We need to remember that it's possible, and even permissible, to have fun while playing games that non-hobbyists enjoy.
In fact, I remember quite a few fun nights I've had playing Tripoly. It's been years and years, though. Wow. I just realized all but two of the people I've ever played Tripoly with are no longer with us.
There's probably a lesson in there about enjoying the time we have together, and not put off having fun until everyone agrees to play Mage Knight or ASL with us.