I started wargaming in 1972. I bought Afrika Korps, Stalingrad and Panzer Blitz, all by AH. I had one person that I gamed with through high school. I was raised in a very small town.
I enlisted in the Army and went to Germany as Vietnam was winding down. Germany was my location of choice because of the history I had been reading since I was old enough to hold a book.
While in Germany I traveled as much as possible. I didn't visit as many battlegrounds as I would have liked. Girls were higher on the list at the time.
When I got back I started to work to develop some of my own games. I got with West End Games and did an expansion for Fire Team. I had 2 games that GDW was in discussions with me about. Then the wargame market collapsed and I played computer games for about the next 25 years.
I always made scenarios for the games I played and house ruled everything. Just couldn't quit developing them. I just had to tinker with things. I made more than 90 scenarios for the Combat Mission game series, as well as starting HSG. I felt that there were others that had the same hunger for historical based games that I did. I was told that historical based games weren't fun or balanced. HSG changed that perception almost single handedly. I had the best scenario designers in the business, I was the least talented of them, in the group.
I got SL when I got back from Germany. Then ASL but the 400+ page rule book finally killed that. I eventually started to develop my own tactical system. After being involved in developing two computer wargames I'm back to working on my ASL medium game. It is called Kontact Now, for my Grandson's initials, who got me reinterested in finishing it. We'll see how it turns out all these years later.