I own a lot of complicated board games.
And I realize that pushing around bits of colored wood and cardboard for hours on end isn't for everyone. Still, if the only games in your closet are Monopoly and Candy Land, you owe it to yourself to check out the Euro board game invasion.
Games are a great way for guys and gals to enjoy friendly competition while hanging out in an acceptable manner. In the end, games are about being social, regardless of how much chrome the game companies pour into their designs.
Speaking of design, a friend and I created PENNY PRESS, a game that puts players in charge of the 'penny presses' of the late 19th century. Our design was one of the two winners of Cards Against Humanity's Tabletop Deathmatch, and we had a great Kickstarter campaign. Asmadi Games published Penny Press in 2015, and it's available at Amazon and other retailers.
Boardgamegeek is the big cheese of boardgaming websites. The interface isn't the kindest to new users, although it makes sense when you get used to it. Design update rumors abound...
For a gentler introduction to the hobby, check out Tom Vasel's popular videos or podcast. Scott Nicholson also has a great video titled 'Breaking Up the Monopoly' that talks about some games people might try as first steps into more complex gaming.