From: San Diego, Ca.
34 here in USA. Got my start with Featherstone's books about miniatures from the library. For lack of miniatures, I drew units on index cards and cut them to the base sizes. Massive pike & shot battles and WWI-era naval campaigns took place on the carpet of my bedroom floor. Then found some books about board wargames and they seemed so much more interesting but couldn't find any of the games anywhere. Then found an ad for a mail-order wargames store in the back of a D&D magazine. There went my savings. Moved from Tactics II to Europe Aflame to Advanced Third Reich and WWII:PTO in no time, along with Arab-Israeli Wars and tons of WWIII 'modern' games. Also liked Imperium, Renegade Legion, Silent Death, Ogre, etc.
Interesting stuff. By my count we're at about:
Sample Size, n: 147
1st Quartile: 37
2nd Quartile: 42 (Median)
3rd Quartile: 48
Ogre, that was a fun one. Cheap too. Those SJG games were cheap and cheerful.
History began July 4th, 1776. Anything before that was a mistake.