I tried to play games whenever I could as a kid- Dark Tower, Masterpiece, Gambler, Poker, Barbarian Prince, D&D, AD&D Electronic Game were among my favorites.
Then with MTG, I got sucked in completely. Around 1996 or so, I slipped away from it when my friends playing it got separated over time and distance.
I returned to gaming about a decade later, in 2006. Gaming had entered a Renaissance. Finding groups to play was easier, thanks to the interwebz. I discovered Euros and also the fun of miniature painting and game customization. Gaming has become the hobby I've always wanted.
I really enjoy customization, sometimes more than gaming. I've customized many games. HeroScape, Terminator, Necromunda, Claustrophobia, Cyclades, D&D, Doom, Drakon, Cuba, Space Hulk, Talisman, Goldbrau, Last Night on Earth, Touch of Evil, Blood Bowl, The Battle for Macragge, Warhammer Quest, Ur are just some.
My Top Ten
list are my favorite games I am playing currently.
My Hot Ten
are either games I haven't played that I want to try ASAP, or games I really want to play again soon to evaluate.
I played 590 games in 2007
I played 629 in 2008
I played 508 in 2009
I only played 259 in 2010?!? (working sucks)
I played 450 in 2011
I played 502 in 2012.
I played ??? in 2013
I played 329 in 2014
Next up on painting/customizing block:
More Warhammer Quest, always more
Mansions of Madness
City of Thieves (Current status-primed)
Riddle of the Ring
Invasion Outer Space
Remaining Last Night on Earth minis
My "Island of Misfits" games in car (no longer have boxes):
Robber Knights box also has Loot, High Society, Sticheln, Seiben Seigel, Parade, Coloretto and Province.
Here are a couple microbadges I designed