Played the usual boring boadgames as a kid. I did get The Sorcerer's Cave
fairly late on but by this time was getting into computer games on an Apple IIe, Bardstale, Elite, etc.
Later in life having got to play a few games like Blood Royale
I felt I didn't have enough time/people to play so I set up a boardgames club and invited some friends to join, the Brighton Boardgames Club http://www.brighton-boardgames.org.uk/
which had its inaugral meeting on the 3rd December 1991 and is still going stong, if not stronger.
I have also been to Essen five times.