I would say my gaming journey started ever since I was 8. Trained and played competitive chess, was even the youngest contestant in a local open tourney. Also played Magic TCG in my high school years.
The board game that made the biggest impression was Scotland Yard! It totally changed my idea of what board games were all about, since I had only known of Monopoly up till then. Dabbled with a bit of Risk in college but fell in love with Euros through Citadels and Power Grid. Haven't looked back since.
I love competitive, cut-throat games, where aggression is rewarded. Brain-burners. Unique mechanics. Low on luck, especially hate it when dice are deterministic. Economic. Efficiency. Multi-player solitaire is usually a turn off. Enjoy a little bit of co-op and light/ party games too!
My Top 10 are essentially my favorite games of all time.
Hot 10 are games I'm looking to get to the table NOW!