TableTop is one of the most interesting shows I’ve seen of late. If you haven’t heard of it, you should check out Geek & Sundry on YouTube (don’t forget to subscribe! http://bit.ly/SyeWy8 )
The show features a different board game each episode, and you get to watch celebrities playing head to head. Not only is it a great way to see how celebrities play board games (which includes getting a look at their personalities off traditional camera) but you get an idea of what a board game is like before you buy it. This is definitely my favorite way of pre-screening board games before purchase.
My wife in particular doesn’t really enjoy board games. My ability to pre-screen how gameplay works, allows me to purchase only those games that I feel will be well received by her. It’s a win-win.
Check out my favorite episode here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHmf1bau9xQ