I grew up on nintendo and sega genesis, got into PC gaming as a young teen then got more into console gaming shortly after the xbox came out (I was about 18 at the time). For about 10 years I played almost exclusively console games as well as a couple of PC games (the sims primarily).
In 2009 after moving to Toronto I decided I needed to get out more and develop more of a social life. I found a weekly board gaming group and decided to check it out since I had not played board games beyond occasional, casual games of monopoly, checkers or cards in many years. Getting into strategy gaming was like an epiphany, suddenly I didn't care so much about video or computer games, I started mostly only thinking about board and card games. What aspects of them I liked and didn't like and why. It was kind of like discovering a new world of possibilities. Plus I was kind of tired of playing with people who weren't in the same room as me and who's voice I only heard in slightly garbled VOIP through Xbox Live. I had been losing interest in online multiplayer in video games, and board gaming was the perfect solution.
I've also fantasized for years about inventing my own card or board game, but seeing how many similar mechanics/concepts run through many games, I get the same feeling as I do about trying to sit down and write music. It's all already been done. The best you can do is try to take an already functional/fun idea and put some kind of unique, original spin on it. But that's easier said than done.
Either way, I have my list of my favourite games and I am now working on building up my collection, with hopes that in the near future, when I can facilitate a game day at my place of residence, I will have a decent library of games to choose from so whatever people want to play it will be fun. In the meantime I play games somewhere at least once a week, more if I can help it.