As one of four kids, I started gaming at a very early age (Tummy Ache by Orchard Toys is one of my earliest gaming memories) and we played Monopoly, Cluedo, Game of Life, etc, as well as card games with my parents.
When I was 13, my cousin bought me the D&D basic set, which got me hooked on roleplaying games, which I still play today (albeit mainly online). Having carried on with the RPGs through university and beyond, I stumbled across a copy of Settlers of Catan (which I think I bought online but can't really be sure) which proved a hit with our gaming group. One of our regular members had suddenly passed away and we didn't want to just pick up the game again without him so a shift to boardgames happened (although we still go back to RPGs from time to time).
My second purchase was Family Business (imported from the States at great expense!) and from there I was hooked. I played most weeks with the same group of people that I met at university more than twenty years ago.
I've got three kids of my own so I encourage them to play games (as a counterpoint to them sitting playing on the xBox or iPads all day) and I've also introduced other friends to games so now they (and their families) are converts too.
I enjoy eurogames like Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride as well as heavier games like Agricola (though that doesn't hit the table very often), dexterity games (particularly Zoch games) and all sort of others.