I grew up playing games with my family. My grandparents taught me Pinochle when I was about eight years old and the weekly game sessions with my parents is a fond memory for me.
I grew up playing the standard games like Stratego, Risk, Monopoly (always hated Monopoly). I started trying out "different" games in the early 80's like Ace of Aces, Kingmaker, and Strata 5. I have been adding to my collection ever since. I buy all my games at a local game store called Time Well Spent in Broomfield Colorado. The owner runs a local gaming group and he is a great resource for information about a variety of games.
I have been married since Aug 19, 1993 and have seven great kids starting in 2000 and a new one born in February 2014. I am always looking for games that the wife and kids will play.
I have been on a light game/2 player kick and have been playing games like Jaipur, Sobek, Jambo, and Targi. I recently picked up Carcassonne South Seas and Star Realms which are getting some serious play time.
I am always looking for new games and put everything on my wishlist since I don't have much to trade.