A lifelong gamer, I started out with the standard American boardgames, graduated to cardgames with the family and proceeded to chess, rpgs and wargames in highschool. College exposed me to Eurogames and American game companies I hadn't heard of before. I continued to play wargames and the occasional rpg, but chess was dropped for go. The years after college pretty much killed rpgs and have curtailed my interest in longer wargames. Other than that my tastes range from the lightest filler to deeper abstracts on through shorter wargames and back to the themed Euros.
A few quick notes about my ratings. I won't hesitate to rate a game after one playing. I'll probably change it assuming it gets another play. It is difficult to rate highly without repeat playings, rating poorly only takes one play. Only one of the games I've rated 8+ I've played less than 5 times (Bonaparte at Marengo). Many of the others have probably passed the 20+ mark.
Games rated 4 through 7 are a mixed bag. Some games have received enough play to reach a degree of confidence in their level, others have only gotten one play and are very provisional. I've added some commentary, but there are still big holes there.
The majority of the 3- games got more than their deserved share of attention after one play. A few old adversaries have outstayed their welcome and arrived there after multiple attempts. I'm not a fan of deduction games, so don't expect rational ratings on this score. Games with a poorly applied auction mechanism also earn my ire.