Euro games saved my gaming life.
My youth was spent playing games that I knew, deep down, I didn’t really like. Tedious, fiddly dice rollers and record keepers such as Car Wars, Supremacy or family luck-fests such as Pay Day.
I gave it all up for ten years until I discovered Settlers of Catan. Then I joined the Billabong Gamers, which gave me access to loads of good German games. During this time my preference was for influence games, action card driven mechanics or bidding/auction games such as El Grande, Taj Mahal, Ra and Modern Art.
I then started to get into card driven campaign games and low complexity war games such as We the People, Saratoga and Wilderness War - Paths of Glory is as complex as I get. Party games and trivia also remained a good diversion. I also have started to enjoy trick taking games after many years of neglecting them.
I now divide my time between the fabo-mondo ACTS (Wilderness War, Twilight Struggle, Paths of Glory, etc) and Vasall and euro games - although new euros don't quite excite me like they used to. I've started to play more Ameritrash games and dexterity games (Subbuteo, Tipp-Kick and Crokinole). I prefer AT games that take under three hours and have subtle euro mechanics, such as the bidding and set collection of Age of Conan.
I will play anything, although I don't get overly excited by multi-player games that take hours or civilization building and railway themes that take longer than a couple of hours. I'm also looking towards playing less new games and more of the games I love.