My cousin from California showed up at Christmas about 13 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. The only video game I still invest time in is the GTA franchise.
Back to board games. My collection has quickly grown to about 360 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 basketball.