I live in England, but wa born in Florence, Italy. I started playing A&A as an 18 year old at university. I only got to play once a week (4 hours) as part of the Boardgames Club and sometimes had to watch, if too many players wanted in. I was so obsessed that I would look forward to that one evening to the detriment of everything else. I would plan how Germany could win amd what I would buy. Russia was my nemesis amd my one goal was its conquest.
I did buy Classic in my Second Year, I think. Did not play much (except by myself, plannning!).
I got back into A&A when I heard Europe was coming out . Guess what? Yep, I got to invade Russia all over again.
Anniversary was a wedding gift and I have bought every game since then.
I don’t get any face to face games any more, as I have children and no time at the weekends (because of work).