I became a gamer around 1980. People at my mom’s office were playing something called Dungeons & Dragons and raving about how much fun they were having. She soon bought the blue box set for my father at a local bookstore. He had about as much interest in the game as Stephen Hawking would have in a Karaoke machine. I quickly inherited the box and was instantly hooked.
A couple years later, I was babysitting for a couple down the street when I noticed Avalon Hill’s Squad Leader on the bookshelf. The husband, Steve, invited me over the following Saturday to play. Getting my head handed to me became a regular thing but I loved every minute of it.