I'm an actual 'child of the hobby', with my dad having been involved in the wargaming industry from before my birth until I was 12. Sadly, this ended about the time that I was really getting old enough to take an intelligent interest. So, much of my knowledge of the industry is from around the very late '70s, mostly concentrating on Avalon Hill.
While my dad was never interested, this also led to an early exposure to role-playing games. While I was always interested in wargames, RPG players were much easier to come by, and the decade from 1982 to 1992 saw a good amount of activity. After that time, drift, and ever-increasing demands on time slowly ground most gaming to a halt.
From the late '80s on, my interests felt the steady pressure of computer games. Computers got faster and cheaper, and found their way into my house. I spent an overwhelming amount of spare time in the '90s playing various PC games, coming to a climax in 1997, when several favorite titles of mine were released.
Around 2005, I finally started hooking up with a (then) co-worker and fellow wargamer I'd known for a little while, and playing old-fashioned board wargames with him again. They had never stopped being an interest of mine, and now I had an opponent. I cannot overstate the influence BGG has had on this. The group has since grown to six, and we meet on an irregular basis as schedules permit.
My tastes have always occupied a broad spectrum: Some of my favorite games tend to be those lighter wargames that give a good 'feel' for their subject: Victory in the Pacific, Ace of Aces and the like. At the same time I'm a big fan of Star Fleet Battles and Advanced Squad Leader, some of the heaviest games there are! In fact, while I self-identify as a wargamer, there are very few games I'm truly completely uninterested in.
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