Gary, Alan Rothberg, Jack Beckman, Phil Jones, Ian Schofield, The Amish Robot and other have been meeting for online chat each Wednesday for years. Gary has graciously put me up twice for Origins there in Columbus, OH near where he currently lives, married with children. He is here and on the regular ConsimWorld site.
My cool story.
I lived near Prüm, Germany when my copy of Wacht am Rhein was purchased. I worked at Prüm Air Station (see my photos for the beer stein) which is on the Schnee-Eifel ridge. I lived in a village so small you will not find it on any wargame map but it was near the road to Stadkyll where the SS division lined up.
Dunnigan: Yep, that's what I heard. Being from MO-land cut into my wargaming. Off the beaten path hurt. I was pleasently surprised to find wargames at a sporting goods store. I was intertaining myself as my (then wife) was shopping for groceries next door and found a large stack of flat packs. What a drain on our minimum wages.
How I got started with wargames (not counting Battle Cry, Dogfight and Broadside): I was with the girlfriend that became my first wife. She went to where her mom worked at a card and crystal shop. Being bored I wandered around the store. On a shelf was a magazine with a military motif on it I picked it up and met my first copy of S&T. When I opened the magazine the map and counters fell out. OOO! Military history and a game to play. I had to borrow money from my girl to buy it. Surprisingly Lost Battles (and the adverts in the mag) were enough to pull me into the hobby when I really didn't have the cash to buy the games.