In the beginning
there were card, dice and domino games.
Then came Monopoly, Cludo, and a whole slew of family board games.
I have a very small memory of seeing Escape from Colditz
out on a table at a friend of my dad's... this might have been the seed?
I used to mess about with HO/OO scale soldier and tanks. But never got my act together to organise a war game using 'rules'.
Then in a military magazine (World at War?) I saw an advert for Panzer Leader
. This looked amazing... HEXES?! Soon I had bought it along with Tactics II
(not such a good buy!).
Then came Richthofen's War
which at the time was very exciting but soon the game play dissolved into a sort of who could out turn the other.
Next stop University where to my delight I discovered Up Front
, Squad Leader
, Rise and Decline of the Third Reich
, Sixth Fleet
. From that point on I was sold.
Years later with family in tow i have played many wargames; the Euro classics and the American 'pretty' board games.
And now we have Combat Commander: Europe
; Twilight Struggle
; 7 Wonders
In the late 1990's I was heavily into Babylon 5 Collectible Card Game
... boy did I sink some cash into that!.
As a result I have a pile of paper and cards; and some of the best friends I have ever met