I tried to learn how to play shogi, but it doesn't look promising. My chess 'reflexes' take over and are very hard to ignore, leading to blunders and illegal moves. I also played Cold War: CIA vs KGB board game. Wouldn't recommend it, the game is basically blackjack on steroids (but with a theme). Next week we are going to rent Stronghold which sounds a lot more interesting.
Can't wait for this Friday's Call of Cthulhu session. We ended on a cliffhanger and right after very illuminating interrogation. All characters are associated with the Scotland Yard and the current investigation is about human trafficking with leads and motives that don't add up. So, you know, aliens from beyond reckoning (though we only know it metagame, so far we are very good at avoiding being out of character).