I'm a long time gamer. I've dabbled in everything (war, RPG, LARP, CCG, etc), but board and card games are my favorites.
I study medieval and renaissance games within the SCA, so many of the games in my collection are from pre-1600, and many of the others have medieval or renaissance themes.
My personal top 10 are games that have stood the test of time and that I still go back to whenever I can. The hot 10 are games that I am playing a lot of right now.
I game with the Philly Area Gamers:http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/PhiladelphiaAreaGamers/
Medieval and Renaissance Game info:http://www.waks.org/game-hist/