AS a kid, we played the basic roll-and-move and family games such as Monopoly, Life, Sorry, Aggravation, Trouble, etc. My parents often played cards with friends while us kids did whatever it was we did. Their card games of choice were Shanghai Rummy, Pinochle, Pitch and Oh Hell. I, eventually, was invited to sit at the 'adult' table playing these games...hooked ever since.
Then in the early 2000's, a buddy (3ripmav) introduced me to Settlers of Catan, which I introduced to my family. Conventional boardgames were now a thing of the past. We soon graduated to the likes of Tikal, Elfenland, Torres, and Aladdin's Dragons.
I married a semi-gamer - that is, she games primarily because I do, but she certainly appreciates a fair amount of gaming time. Our favorites have ranged from Settlers of Catan Card Game, Lost Cities, Caesar & Cleopatra, Alhambra, Thurn & Taxis, to Ingenious.
I also roleplay, well, I play D&D. I've only really played 3.0 and 3.5 and don't have too much desire to try alternate themes - Chthulu, Camarilla, etc. I've run two 2-year campaigns that started adventurer's ~level 3 and finished with them ~level 15. That's really where my level of comfortability is exceeded. Past level 15, the adventurers can really do ANYTHING they want - I understand it's a flaw of mine and not the gaming system.
We now have two gaming daughters, Alexis and Camille, who also enjoy their daddy's favorite pasttime. The oldest enjoys the fantasy theme as I've sucked her in with readings of Piers Anthony's Xanth novels. Her current faves are Dungeon Lords and WoW: the CCG. The little one will play family games but doesn't necessarily request plays. I'll convert her eventually.
I now regularly attend KublaCon in NoCal and won't miss ConquestSac (7 miles from my house). Both girls join me for the weekend and have a blast playing a few games, painting a few minis, running arund with Kubla, and socializing with friends they meet.My 10 Most Recently PlayedMy Top 10