I am a gamer who has been into the board game portion of the hobby in full force (time-permitting) since about mid-2009. I am a father of two wonderful children, Brandon and Sophia, whom I hope to get into gaming early. My mom got me into board games as a kid, but we never ventured much beyond the Milton Bradley/Parker Brothers world - Yahtzee, Monopoly, Operation, Sorry, Pente, etc. In elementary, some school friends and I discovered Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, and it was quite a while before I looked back again. It wasn't until a friend from work had dragged me to a board game night at his house, and he busted out Arkham Horror, that I really started looking back at board games again with an appraising eye. We were soundly devoured by the Ancient One that night, and many nights since, but I was hooked and will take any opportunity I can to play board games with others.
Admittedly, between my job and family time, this leaves me one night a week to pursue games (that I split between pen and paper and board games), so I do not get to game as much as I would prefer. I am still finding my perfect fit in the gaming world. I played Magic: The Gathering for several years, before finally kicking myself of the CCG habit, but I do have a fondness for any game with a drafting or deckbuilding mechanic, which seem to be in vogue these days. When it comes to games, I find myself strongly attracted to theme - Fantasy or Historical probably being my favorite. I have noticed a trend amongst gamers on the geek to divide themselves into a preference for either "Euro" style games or "Ameritrash",
and I find myself leaning a bit more towards the Euro side. I don't know that I feel that way anymore. It can be frustrating to have your best laid plans ruined by a bad die roll or horrible card draw, but I feel it's more frustrating in a "welp, that sucked" sort of way, that usually leaves you with at least a story to tell about that "one time you were doing so good and then X happened", which brings to my mind the good Doctor's infamous quote of "When playing a game, the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning". Don't get me wrong though, I am willing to play almost any game, whether it be a quick and light filler game, to a deep brain burner. Even though Arkham Horror got me hooked back into the hobby, I will say I usually find straight co-ops to be the game type that I like the least. That's not to say I dislike them, because I don't, but I prefer playing against a real opponent rather than against AI.