It was grandpa who got me into boardgaming, although there was not that much available back then.
My collection from what I recall: Risk
, Das kaufmännische Talent
However, one day a fellow told me of a shop where you can get the most complex strategy games one can imagine.
It was on the 10th of July 1981 (I love gifts!!!), my 13th birthday, when I was standing in that special toys-shop and there I held Avalon Hills Rise and Decline of the Third Reich
in my shaky hands.
Dad pointed to another game what looked much more interesting to him. Lucky spoiled brat I was, I got both. That day was the beginning of a long lasting love.
Dad showed exquisite taste because with Squad Leader
he pushed me into an absolute fascinating scale wargames can offer.
It was tough to get into those games. My English was a way worse then nowadays and I had to translate the rules word by word. Bob would be prould of me cause they where full of funny mistakes and... boy... did we play things horrible wrong for a long time – but it was also our finest hour of wargaming.