Who am I? Well, I've been a wargamer since I got my first copy of Starship Troopers back in 1978. Worked my way through almost all of the Avalon Hill catalogue as well as much of SPI's. I was fortunate to live in Baltimore at the time, so I got to meet and game a bit with the Avalon Hill crew back when they were on Read Street in the mid-80s. The pinnacle of my gaming "success" probably came with the opening of my store, Cerebral Hobbies, in Chapel Hill, NC in 1994. Cerebral was open for 12 years until we closed in 2006. I still live in Durham, NC - for 23 years now]
I picked up Squad Leader shortly after it's original release in 1977 and all the expansions as they came out [I currently have three copies of SL, two copies each of COI and COD and a copy of GI. Even bought the ASL rulebook when it came out, although I never made the transition to ASL. Back them my impression of ASL was based on the tournaments at AvalonCon - people hyper-focused on one game to the exclusion of everything else [seriously, all you heard in the ASL room was the sound of dice rolling in tumblers]. Scared me off, honestly.
That leads us to last week when I found someone on Craigslist selling his ASL collection - 2nd Ed rulebook, Beyond Valor, Red Barricades, Yanks and Paratrooper. Even though I already have copies of Beyond Valor and Paratrooper, I took it as a sign and here we are. Looking forward to many years of fun