I've been playing boardgames actively since 2002. Carcassonne, Puerto Rico and Settlers of Catan were among the first real games I played back then and I still enjoy those games. Gaming night once, twice or even 3 times a week was not enough for me, so I started to play also online, mostly in BSW. Somehow competitive gaming has always fascinated me and when playing online I could encounter many great players and learn from them by playing against them.
Despite the hobby I managed to graduate, got a job, wife and two kids so currently I don't have time to play in gaming nights that often anymore. I still have a passion for games though, so majority of my gaming now happens asynchronously online. I like to analyze games and try to become as good as possible in them. When given a choice I usually want to play a game which I already know rather than a new game.
I also enjoy game design as a hobby. One of my designs back from 2006 was recently published: Kyoto Protocol
. I think it's worth checking out if you're looking for a decent filler game which supports flexible player count.