I grew up with a game-playing family. They were heavily into Spades, but we gradually branched out into board games such as Trivial Pursuit, Sequence, Risk, and more.
In college, I was introduced to Axis and Allies, which quickly became my favorite. Browsing specialty game stores opened my eyes to the expansive world of board games and my collection exploded. I've had to reign in my impulsive buying, but there are so many awesome games out there. My wife, family, and friends have shared in the ripple effect as we all buy games and introduce them to each other. Good times.