Sportswriter, baseball junkie, social justice activist, equestrienne, historian, keeper of the world's best Malinois, avid chef, happy Chicagoan (and transplanted Californian), I've been described as a polymath and a spectacular bore. I'll let you be the judge.
My first game was SPI's Borodino, bought for me for Christmas in the mid-'70s. After Dad whupped me the first time or two, he lost interest, but the bug had bit deep: I loved wargames. This led to lots of time during my childhood spent perusing the wares of Viking Hobby in Sacramento, a Strategy & Tactics subscription (Dear TSR: I still hate you, Regards, etc.), all of which I got away from when I went to college, instead becoming a passionate Strat-O-Matic baseball player in a FTF league.
Fast-forward to 2012, when I decided I could use a hobby, and came to a realization: I hate golf and tennis, abhor knitting, and really did love the tactile and intellectual joy of gaming. So, I've dived back in feet-first, and I'm delighted by the changes within the industry: GMT, Clash of Arms, two nifty magazines (at least) in Against The Odds and Battles, some superb games from France via Hexasim & Vae Victis, and so much more besides.