I like this idea of sharing gaming backgrounds...
My family liked classic board and card games, and an uncommon John Deere Agri Cup, this probably got me started.
As a young teen I loved game books (the series from Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, the only I know that ever got published in France).
On the video game side we owned a Vectrex. The only non-pixel based home video game. It had stunning playability for the time! And it was still a favorite of my nephews not so long ago! Then I got my first computer, an Amstrad 64k loading games in about 15 mm minutes from a tape! Ziggy and Sorcery were favorites.
In high school I discovered book RPGs and fell for them: Call of Chtulhu, and the series based on Moorcock's books. It was a blast!
I also bought an Atari, and enjoyed games such as X-wing, Tie Fighter, North & South... At the time with friends we were dreaming of being able to play in groups, including for FPS. We didn't know it would come so fast. We waited playing for the arcade Double Dragons...
In engineering school I of course joined the gaming club (la guilde des stratèges), which I ended up managing. This was great: we had so many games to try, and always willing players at hand. One of the club favorites was Diplomacy by having one turn per week. Awesome! They usually were six of them going on in parallel. My other favorite board games were Res Publica and Blood Bowl, among many. Then the revolution of card games arrived with Magic: The Gathering. Some of the best moments of that era were with two friends who completely revamped the rules of the Middle Earth card game to make it an epic quest rather than a classic deck-building challenge. 20 hour games were commonplace... The other highlight was the book RPG about Demons and Angels "In Nomine Satanis" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Nomine_Satanis/Magna_Veritas), but you English speakers cannot enjoy how hilarious it is since the English translators decided to play it safe and took all the fun from it
. Oh, and since boasting is allowed, I organized the first ever official Magic tournament in France.
On the video game side I finally got a PC, enjoyed Descent as my first network-based multiplayer game, Doom as the first real FPS, and Lucasfilm adventure games. Day of the Tentacle dates from these days as well, but strangely I only played it way later. It cannot get old anyway! Another that never gets old is Starcraft. Last year I got my nephew (alas Trucetrange) hooked to it! And in turn he of course introduced me Later to Starcraft 2...
Since then I veered to different kinds of card or board games that I would play with my wife (Guillotine, Carcassonne...), plus the occasional PC game. I never liked MMORPGs. I would rather play strategy games (Heroes of Might & Magic 3, Praetorians, Dominions, Company of Heroes, Starcraft). Or games that have a good scenario (I liked Dark Messiah of M&M for instance).
And now Hero Mages of course!
I hope to get the community going, because I feel this game is likely to be a favorite of mine for quite some time. Meet you all soon on the battlefield!