I have been playing wargames since about 1970. I also enjoy other strategy games and even party games, but wargames are my true love. A lot of my gaming friends are Eurogamers as well as wargamers. However I have learned that I generally don't connect to heavy Euros. For the amount of effort involved I would rather play a wargame with a stronger narrative. I do enjoy lighter Euro games for quick weeknight games over beer and snacks. But the heavy ones often seem to be a mathematical exercise with everyone counting victory points all the time to wiggle ahead. I am also more of a linear thinker and so the "many ways to win" in a lot of Euros leaves me disconnected from the narrative. In wargames you have clarity of purpose - dominate your opponent with force of arms. Plus in good wargames you are playing out a historical reality that could have happened, and that makes it way more interesting.
My brother and I had a "lifetime subscription" to Strategy & Tactics magazine which as I recall we purchased for the princely sum of $200 in the early 70s. It eventually ran out when SPI changed ownership but it was a pretty good deal. We purchased many games from SPI, AH, VG and GDW in that era, before university when gaming was sidelined for both of us (majors in chemistry and physics do not allow for much free time). I later had a subscription to Command Magazine which had great games and I enjoyed them a lot, especially as I was a grad student and $30-$50 on a boxed game at the time seemed incredibly extravagant. For a while in the 90s I was a game reviewer for a few mags including Fire and Movement and Zone of Control if I recall correctly.
I was preoccupied with other things besides games for a long time but in the past few years have made time for gaming again, and I have updated my collection through BGG math trades and eBay. Much of my wargaming used to be solo but I have recently met some wargamers close by thanks to BGG so I am finally getting some FTF action again. But more than that I have discovered VASSAL and this has completely changed my gaming focus, to the point where I don't play solo much any more. I have a few friends who play lighter "weeknight" wargames and Euros with me almost once a week, and game night is often one of the highlights of my week.
My wife and I play games regularly, our favourite being Pandemic. Co-op games are best when it's just the two of us for a whole bunch of reasons! With friends it tends to be card games (mostly euchre) or party games.
Professionally I am a physical chemist and have worked for the last 15 years in "technology transfer" which is the attempt to take new discoveries from academic research and turn them into new products or processes. Along the way I have become skilled in such areas as assessing new technologies, patent law, licensing and raising capital for new ventures. Almost all of my adult life has been spent studying at or working for universities; I didn't finish my last degree until I was in my early 30s, and only worked for two years in a consulting firm before returning to work in research administration and technology management. As one might expect my personal philosophies are generally left-wing (I believe selfishness is the scourge of humanity) and uber-rationalist (I believe science and scientific investigation to be the highest achievements of humanity and the only worthwhile basis for any belief). Humanity's greatest threats are, beyond a doubt, climate change and depletion of natural resources. My professional focus is nurturing chemical technologies that alter manufacturing processes so as to reduce pollution, aka "green chemistry".
Besides wargaming my other main hobby is playing bagpipes; I played at the highest level of pipe band competition (Grade 1) competing three times in Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland, placing in the top ten bands in the world on one occasion. Now I play in a less demanding competitive grade (Grade 3) to make time for other things.
I am happily married with two daughters, and most of our summers are spent camping in our tent trailer. Living in Ontario there are beautiful places close by in every direction. And I have a few games that fit on the little table in our trailer.