Started my gaming career in 1980 with a specific christmas wish list of a basic Dungeons & Dragons set. Ohh the joy on that Christmas morning when an uncle puzzled over the rules and helped me create a character, a thief with a 3 dexterity. (!) Latter I would stand in awe of that same uncle's "game closet" piled high with a huge array of wargames. I can remember spending a weekend with him trying to learn those overly complex hex & counter wargames, specificly ICE's "Fellowship of the Ring". Latter I would move from role-playing games to minature wargames, though always retaining a passion for board games.
Currently residing in Santa Clara, California, where I raise two small children. I can imagine the day when my children will be as passionate about gaming as I am. Seems to me they've been bitten by the bug. My 5 year old son is always interested in checking out the components, and actually sets up a gane as it would appeal to a child. My daughter 6 year old daughter is a Queen's Necklace fan. She can almost play with all the rules, right now it's more about eye candy, counting, and set collecting.
I was an "avid game trader", but that's fallen off a bit as my visits to the geek have slowed down some. I'm way out of the loop with what's hot, and much of my collection is in storage. Working with the premis that less is more.