When I was about 10 or 11 (mid eighties), before my older cousin started attempting to molest me, he used to let me play his war games. Avalon Hill stuff mostly. After the attempted molestation, I stole several of the games and would play them solo or sometimes I'd manage to convince a friend to give it a go (minus my cousin's "special rules"). I also stole all his D&D books.
By the time I was 17 or so, most of my attention went to basketball, rap music and boobs and the board games collected dust for a decade or two and I'm just getting back into it again now.
Can't believe I glossed over this story.
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