I started gaming with the beginnings of the hobby in 1959-60 with Tactics II and Gettysburg. Big gap between high school and about 1976 when I got back into wargaming. Pretty big collector back in the 80's & 90's when I was an auction hound at MichiCon (SE Mich) and Origins. My collection is WAY north of 500 games, but I'm too lazy to list them all here.
I did a LOT of buying and selling games through the gaming magazines of that era. Seems so primitive now, sending lists of games for sale through the mail. Only got burned once by guy in KY.
Primarily a EuroGamer now though I am still into "light" wargames like Axis & Allies, Duel in the Dark, Quartermaster General, Hold Fast, Caesar's Gallic War, etc. I like worker placement the most, and area control games. The GMT card driven games occupied 2000-2009. Big fan of Martin Wallace's political games (Liberte, Princes of the Renaissance).
I have a weekly group that has met in some form since Jan. 1977. Myself and one other have been the constants. I still play games with the guy I played Game of the states with when we were 10. Discovered another group, SAGES, that has an entire 2nd floor of a building here in Toledo.
Games are my addiction. I buy more than I should, so some only get a few plays, but a lot of desire. Not exactly a cult of the new, but a desire for that "perfect game". My Top 10 and Hotness lists are woefully incomplete: could easily have 10 more under each. Also can't pass up a great deal, like those on Miniature Market.
I like the challenge, the puzzle, the cameraderie, the maps and the plastic bits of board gaming.
And yes, I AM the "Stein" on the Squad Leader hero counter I use for my avatar. My friends and I were one of the playtest groups for "G.I. Anvil of Victory" and we were rewarded with named counters. There's a Nixon, a Fuchs and a Nicely as well.