As a kid, my family played the basic roll-and-move and other 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 late 90'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. Over the years our favorite games have changed due to the industry growing combined with our evolution of taste. Old favorites included Settlers of Catan Card Game, Lost Cities, Caesar & Cleopatra, Alhambra, and Thurn & Taxis while current favs include Mykerinos, Caylus, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and Kingsport Festival.
I also roleplay, well, I play D&D/Pathfinder. I've only really played 3.0/3.5/Pathfinder and don't have too much desire to try alternate themes - Chthulu, Camarilla, etc. I've run three 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 have two gaming daughters, Alexis and Camille, who also enjoy their daddy's favorite pasttime. The oldest prefers the fantasy theme as I've sucked her in with readings of the Piers Anthony's Xanth novels and Lord of the Rings. Her current faves are Dungeon Pets and Castles of Mad King Ludwig. The little one has recently turned the corner and enjoys gaming, particularly Hansa Teutonica and Caylus, though she'll rarely initiate a tabling.
I regularly attend KublaCon in NoCal and ConquestSac. Alexis joins me for the weekend and has a blast playing a few games, painting a few minis, running around with Kubla, playing a few Pathfinder Society games and socializing with friends she meets. Cammy would rather sit at home bored My Top 10