My first contact with wargames was in the early 80's when i bought, out of curiosity, Squad Leader
from my local Kaissa Games
store. I was instantly hooked and spent countless hours studying the rules and playing the game scenarios with a friend.
More AH/VG titles followed. Due to time constrains, i slowly moved away from monster wargames to more playable titles and then to even quicker playing Euros.
Although i also tried RPGs and Thematic games, i was not hooked by them, as i usually prefer more calculative games with small or no amount of luck - games were the success of your plans does not depend on a roll of a die or the flick of a card.