A little history:
I've always been interested in board games/pencil-paper RPGs, however, I didn't really get into more "adult" board games until around 5 years ago. I ended up with a collection including Carcassonne, Settles of Cataan, Arkham Horror, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Lord of the Rings, and a few Risk variants. With friends moving away, the baby, etc. I dropped out of playing them and most have been sitting in my garage collecting dust.
Recently a new game shop opened up in town that has really rekindled my love of board games. They have competitive pricing (typically about what you would pay for them online w/ shipping), a really good selection, and lots of board game gatherings and events and such.
I've asked for Last Night on Earth for Christmas. What other games would you consider "must-haves?" Bonus points for two-player games - while I have a couple of friends who could be persuaded to play every now and then, it will be mainly me and the missus. I'm not big on historical warfare type games, but love horror/fantasy and really good sci-fi. Thanks in advance!