I started playing wargames in the mid-70s. I am not sure how this works, but my first three games were Richthofen's War, Wooden Ships and Iron Men, and Tobruk. Today, my three favorite war-game genres are WWI (with a slight nod to WWII) aviation, Age of Sail, and WWII tactical. Hmmm.
Lately, I have had a growing interest in the Korean War. My Dad is a veteran of that War, and he had the opportunity to return to Korea twice in the past few years as part of the 60th anniversary of the War. I think it is time to start playing associated wargames.
I took quite a hiatus from gaming - 25+ years. When I returned several years ago, I was shocked to see how thriving an industry gaming had become, and how wargame rules, mechanics, and components had evolved. For some reason, I thought table-top gaming was dead, that it had given way to video games. I think it is safe to say I was wrong.
I am a blessed gamer in that my wife heard the cry of the game, and now we play together along with our dearest friends. I am not sure what this says about me, but my favorite table-top games outside of wargames are coops. War or cooperation?
As for RPGs, I remember sitting at the kitchen table rolling my first d6s as my Buddy took me through the different ability scores. DnD in the '70s, what could be better? This was when certain races were considered classes. Sometimes I miss the simplicity. I hope to get our group to try some different genres of RPGs, e.g. Doctor Who, Cthulhu, and James Bond 007, as well as other Tolkienesque fantasy games, e.g. The One Ring and 13th Age.
The one thing I never expected in my return to gaming was the community we would meet. In addition to this wonderful site, I am an administrator on the Wings of War/Glory Aerodrome (http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/activity.php
) and the Sails of Glory Anchorage (http://sailsofglory.org/activity.php
), both great places full of great people. Without question, this has been the best part of getting back into the game.