If you're just geting involved in the hobby, a good way to test the waters is to try Print and Play games. There are hundreds of them available on the web. Here's a quick list to get you started.

Going Cardboard takes you into the world of "designer" board gaming, from the community of enthusiastic fans to the publishers and self-publishers, and of course, the designers.

If your only experience with boardgames is when you played Scrabble, Risk or Monopoly when you were young, then you're in for a pleasant surprise.