Ever since I was a young kid, I enjoyed games, all kinds of. During my university time, I played a lot of Risk, Mah jong and other games. As a result I started collecting games. I have even more fun in designing games (I must admit, I have never ever designed a game, worth publishing).
In general I love to look at standard, real life card and board games, from a developers point of view. I still get excited when I see a new great game (e.g. Magic, Settlers, etc.). As a matter of fact, it is not the playing I'm interested in, it's more the mechanics. Actual playing is not necessary for me to enjoy a creative concept as if it was piece of art (which in some cases it actually is!).
The reason I like 'unplugged' games is the necessary social interaction between players, rather than shouting at the famous 'blue screen' of Bill Gates. Next, humans don't have the ability to make all kind of fast calculation and as such limits the games in complexity. And, as always, humans specificly like to discuss rulings (a major part of the social interaction). It takes a master to avoid these two 'game-breakers'.
For the record, I've studied Econometrics (Game Theory / Operations Research was one of my favorites of course) with a high interest for IT and IT-development. For the last 10 years (since 1989) I've have been a management consultant in the field of Telecommunications & IT. My major area's of expertise are New Media Development and Interim Management.
I'm married and have three daughters (1994, 1996, 1999) and live near Utrecht (Netherlands).