I am an Ohio native who has been playing board games since the 1970's, the days of Avalon-Hill.
I currently participate in two regular game groups, and try to find other game opportunities as time allows. I will play most types of games, from war games to Euros to miniatures to those (dare I say it?) party games!
Games are, in the end, primarily for social interaction. Competition is fine and desirable, but honestly, move it along, eh?