I read my first review of a role playing game -- the original D&D -- back in 1974. It was another two years, though, before I finally got to play. Fifteen minutes into the game, I was hooked for life. I've been playing RPGs ever since.
I am one of those odd people who prefers to be the gamemaster rather than the player. I suspect I developed my love of running games back in the early days when there was a shortage of people who knew the game well enough to run it. Eventually, I found I'd rather run games than play.
Along the way, I've run more systems in more settings than I can remember. Particular favorites have been West End's Star Wars, Castle Falkenstein, Serenity and Hollow Earth Expedition.
I stumbled across Eurogames in the mid '80s but didn't really get into them until the mid '90s. Since then, I've been part of three different gaming groups (and am the organizer of my current one), built up a collection of a couple of hundred board games and generally had lots of fun playing games and making new friends.
I'm a sucker for racing games, area control games and some auction games. I've also found myself getting interested in wargames again, a hobby I put aside back when I discovered RPGs all those years ago.