A bit of background
I've been in the hobby for about 6 years now and was blessed with boardgaming roommates for the first 2 years. Yes, blessed. I'm talking about a weekly d&d game and a minimum of 4 nights of boardgames per week. We would have about 4 or 5 games in the rotation at any given time and would always try new games when we had the chance.
Fast-forward to the present. I live with my girlfriend and daughter, and rarely see my old roommates. For about 1 year I've been introducing 2 other groups of friends to the new boardgame scene and they really enjoy it, they even buy games once in a while.
One group gets stuck on the one or two games they just bought and that is all we play every time we get together. We have literally played Ticket to Ride and Catan every game night for the past year. The other group always plays simple filler/micro games and find that other games look too complicated. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy getting together with other people and playing boardgames, but I'd like a bit more variety.
What I've tried
I tried to show them new games with a bit more meat (still pretty light) and they seem to enjoy them, but they rarely get played more than once or twice. (i.e. Pandemic, Smallworld, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Bang! Dice). Am I not showing them the right types of games? I haven't tried showing them any deck builders yet and I think that's what I'll try next but I'm afraid to spend more money on games that just won't get played.
Anyways, that's my little rant. I know I'm lucky to have 2 groups of friends that enjoy boardgames but I feel like I'll never have the great gaming atmosphere that I had with my old roommates. Am I chasing a ghost and should be happy with what I have?
Had great gaming roommates years ago
New friends are getting into the hobby but always want to play the same games
I've tried to bring Smallworld, Pandemic and other games to the table but they never get played more than once or twice
What should I do to get different/heavier games to the table?