It all started out with Dungeons and Dragons way back when I was in primary school (around 10 years old). I played RPGs through high school, eventually discovering a lot of hex and counter war games, and "classics" like Risk. After high school I moved around a lot, living overseas for a few years before coming back to university (Waikato University, Computer Science - what else?) and work.
Then a friend told me that he played games. Uh huh - like Starcraft. Cool. No, board games. OK, so like on really wet weekends when there's nothing on telly? No, really?
So I played Ticket to Ride (Europe) - and I was hooked. I really enjoy playing games now, from Euros to Ameritrash to Wargames. Some would say I really enjoy collecting games and having the boxes sit on my desk, as well - sadly this is also true
My favourites at the moment: The Wings of War series is fantastic, and I love blockgames - something to do with the feel of the pieces, and the way they simulate fog of war. And my hot pick: Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars, 1845-1872