I was always a gamer growing up. Most of my family members played games - the usual party games, two player games (chess, Othello, etc.), and lots of card games. During one Christmas, I received my first war game - Starship Troopers (the good AH version, not the bad AH movie version). A lot of wear and tear were put on that and my (AH) Kingmaker game.
After college (and moving around the country), I didn't game much ... not that many folks around who wanted to game.
When I arrived in North Texas, my friend (and co-worker) introduced me to these interesting games coming from Europe. I've been hooked ever since.