Late summer, 2004: My wife's friend and her husband invited us over for dinner and games. The game we played was Settlers of Catan. I had heard of it (wish I could remember where) but hadn't ever played it. It only took one play to get it's hooks in me. Later that fall I placed an order online for something like 12 games. They included Settlers of Catan with the Cities & Knights expansion and 6-player extension, Carcassonne with two Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders, Alhambra, Runebound 1st Edition, Dungeoneer, and Duel of Ages 1st Edition. The site I bought the games from had links to reviews on some site called BoardGameGeek.com. I hadn't ever heard of BGG, but slowly it sucked me in. I didn't see a need to create a user account there quite a few years, being content to just read reviews and poke around as needed- after all, creating user accounts on internet forums was for weirdos, right?
Fast forward nearly a decade-and-a-half and my enthusiasm for board games has only continued to grow. I don't keep up with all the hotness, but I do tend to keep tabs on the general state of the hobby. In addition to staying somewhat active on BGG I also enjoy listening to the Dice Tower podcast and watching their videos on YouTube. Other producers of similar content that I enjoy are Shut Up & Sit Down, The Secret Cabal and Board Alive.
Some of my favorite games, in no particular order are Dominion, Lords of Waterdeep, San Juan, Neuroshima Hex, Memoir '44, Agricola, Masters of Commerce (aka Panic on Wall Street)...
Look me up on BGG if you want- username TIM0THY.