Got into boardgaming (Republic of Rome, Die Macher etc...) through my good friend Paul Ward, who ran the late, great 'Fun & Games' shop in Woking in the 1990's. He now has his own excellent website (focusing mainly on miniatures and RPG) @ http://matakishi.com
It was while I was helping out at his shop that I met another long term opponent who was more of a serious wargamer. He introduced me to SPQR and Combat Commander for which I am eternally grateful.
My top ten are my favourite games and the hot ten are the games on my 'must buy' list. My collection is rated using this very helpful criteria http://boardgamegeek.com/article/9560941#9560941