I began collecting games in 8th grade when my family ditched the television for two years. Initially, I gravitated to my local game store to play AH games, Dungeons and Dragons, and Traveller. I remember my friend's uncle teaching us Squad Leaderfell in love with strategy games like Risk.
In 2001 I went on a buying spree at EBay to share with my kids and was disappointed in my purchases. After finding another copy of Slapshot to replace one one we wrecked as kids, I discovered BGG when I had a rules question. Now my collection is growing and I have a new pasttime...collecting and playing new games.