Before entering the boardgaming hobby, I started out as a roleplayer. In the beginning it was only DSA, the German equivalent to D&D. Later on I switched to Shadowrun and dabbled in Vampire: The Masquerade and Mechwarrior.
After finishing school, I suddenly found that a normal work life doesn't leave enough time to roleplay on a regular basis, and that led me to less time-consuming means to get my gamer fix. Although I do most of my gaming on the PC or various gaming consoles, I try to arrange for two boardgaming sessions a month.
My boardgaming buddies (friends and coworkers) and I usually "convene" in the lunch room of our workplace, although I've been known to host a gaming session at my home from time to time, when the non-gaming spouse is out to meet her non-gaming friends.
As is natural for a German, most of my earlier games were Euros, but I found my taste slowly shifting towards thematic Ameritrash games.
Nowadays, I mostly enjoy longer (maybe even epic) games of medium to high complexity, preferably with great components and artwork. Oh, and there should be expansions. Lots of them. For me it's a delight to draw an event card in my 20th play of a game which I have never seen before.
I dislike abstract games in general, and recently, this category starts to encompass most of the new Euro games, at least by my definition.
Despite my newfound Euro aversion (well, there ARE exceptions) I enjoy the boardgaming industry as a whole, and try to participate on a professional level from time to time. I did some projects as a freelance translator (English->German) and proof-reader, and I'm always looking for work in that area.
After suffering through some truly terrible rules translations myself, I feel called upon to offer my services for a nominal fee (most of the time: a copy of the game I translated