I'm a 40-ish engineer and grew up playing games.
We probably had a couple hundred as kids, ranging from Monopoly to dozens of Avalon Hill bookshelf games (Civilization and Wizards were favorites) to Space Hulk to Ogre to Dark Tower. My sister brought back a few new board games from a class trip to Germany when I was about 9 or 10. One of them, Heimlich & Co.
, was a big hit, and probably the first Euro game I played (although translating the rules was difficult, remember this was in the dark ages before BGG, circa 1985).
D&D took over the board gaming in middle and high school, which seems to happen to a lot of other boardgamers, but recent time constraints (marriage, job, kids) have brought me back to the boardgames (which also seems to happen to a lot of other boardgamers).
The excellent A Game of Thrones (first edition)
really kicked off my modern era. I saw a link on the Fantasy Flight Games forums for a PBEM map
for A Game of Thrones, which is how I found BGG. I later upgraded
the PBEM maps to include the expansions and prettied them up a bit, which was my first experience with custom game content.
Then I bought Settlers of Catan, followed by a slew of other games in the next several years with the "games bought / time" increasing almost exponentially.
A lucky break on a business trip let me attend Essen 08, which was a blast and is something every gamer should do at least once in their life. I've never seen anything like it
and I'd love to go back. Just remember to bring a lot of cash and some empty suitcases
My tastes are all over the place. I like Euros and AT about equally. If it's fun I'll play it. Agricola is a masterpiece, but Chaos in the Old World and Eclipse currently have most of my interest. Recently Played: