Gaming for me began at the age of seven, when my father introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons. I was and am a pretty dedicated role-player and was a sort of "nerd missionary," getting as many of my friends into gaming as I could.
Board gaming came a bit later for me, about halfway through college. I started where almost everybody does, Catan, and I gradually wound my way through a variety of other games. I like the full spectrum today: cooperative games, strict euro games with no dice, chancier offerings from the American side, card games and even the occasional wargame. In fact, my interest in the latter category has been growing as I've found some of my dad's Avalon Hill classics.
I also am lucky enough to date a gamer who is at least as enthusiastic about games as I am. She's a catch.
I started reviewing games back when I was at McGill getting my MA, doing video reviews for BoardtoDeath. I'm on my own now, living on the opposite side of the country, and trying to do my own reviews.