I was under-exposed to board games as a kid. My family had the typical ones -- none of which did much for me. Later, as a teen, I was exposed to Junta which I loved but didn't see again for decades.
I managed a comic book store for seven years and ran an annual comics festival for six. The store also carried games but it took a long time for me to get interested in them -- partly because of a paltry selection in which theme was king. In other words, we carried a lot of Munchkin and Zombies. However, I eventually played Settlers and then Robo Rally, both of which kind of astonished me. Finally, someone gave me a copy of Kingmaker which led me to right here.
Starting in late 2005 I began a monthly game group hosted by a local restaurant. We play afternoon to early evening one Sunday every month. There's a great deal of variety in games played but inevitably the majority are Euros published in the last ten years.
My Top Ten is very much a work in progress. But I don't see Robo Rally, or Fearsome Floors ever leaving it. Junta left at one point but I think it's in pretty solid now as well. My Hot Ten list is usually meaningless because I rarely update it and intend to continue that habit.
I'm an ex-Christian agnostic and an ex-Republican leftist. The political change happened first and was fueled by simple curiosity and a willingness to read. The religious change was unsought and had its origins in the writings of CS Lewis.
I no longer work at the comics shop but am still mired in the world of retail.