My cousin from California showed up at Christmas about twelve years ago with the Carcassonne base game and everything changed. For a few years after that, I played weekly in a group of 3-5. It was mostly Carc for a long time, but now many games get played regularly.
It was sports-simulation games for me when I was young. I played a few full seasons of Pursue The Pennant. I also spent one summer playing an ongoing game of Pay Day the ended with both my cousin Phil and me with well over $300,000!
Board games moved to the side when I got my Commodore 64. A few video games ruled for several years, including NHL '94 on the Sega Genesis. In my 20s I shared an apartment with two guys (from my regular Sunday group) and we had four and sometimes five computers networked. Many epic Quake battles were fought. Under the name "Inigo Montoya" I provided rocket rides on a recurring schedule, usually in The Tower. The only video game I still invest time in is the GTA franchise.
Back to board games. My collection has quickly grown to about 300 games. I prefer Euros, and I like a blend of strategy and tactics. My favorite game is Dominion, and I was fortunate enough to win the WBC event in 2012.
When not playing board games, I work as a Grocery Store Manager. I also referee high school and rec basketball. For 11 years, I coached high school basketball, and still hold the single-season and career wins record at a local HS.
I'm also one of the earliest adopters of fantasy football. I'm in a league that will be in its 29th consecutive year this season, and another, a keeper league, in Year 20.