I have played boardgames since I was a child (more years ago than I care to remember) playing 4000AD, Escape from Colditz and creating variants of Risk and a merchants and pirates version of Waddington's Blast Off.
My gaming group has been around for over 25 years.
We used to play very regularly but, as we got older and began to have other commitments, it's now come down to once a week. Lots of people have come and gone over the intervening years but the core group is still intact and Games Night continues on.
Civilisation and Britannia were big favourites of the early 80's as were Warrior Knights and Dune.
I discovered Eurogames by a chance discovery of Games International magazine in my local newsagent in 1988. The first one I bought was the Moskito version of Die Macher through the Games International offer - I was off and running. With every issue I'd make a telephone order to Just Games or Esdevium for the stuff that interested me.
With the demise of Games International I got my fix of boardgames news from Mike Siggins' Sumo's Karaoke Club.
When the Karaoke Club closed it's doors, the internet was beginning to seriously kick in and I could keep up with news via Ken Tidwell's Game Cabinet.
Somewhere around 2001 I found BoardGameGeek in the passing, then lost it and then rediscovered it again in 2002.