This thread is making me teary-eyed. I still have the original Avalon Hill Civilization as well as the original Cosmic Encounter and the expansion(s?) Haven't played either in years. Board games can be so much fun, especially if you play one that lends itself to lively conversation/trash talking. Hell I played Sorry! a while back with some friends and their kids and had a blast. This Civ game sounds interesting. I have a group of friends that plays Robo Rally, which is a great game to play with beer and taunts, but I couldn't get them to try Arkham Horror (I haven't played it either, but I'm a big HPL fan and heard it's great). I doubt they'd want to try this.