Somewhere around the middle of November, 20 years ago, a college student mail ordered the Warhammer 40k boxed set from The Armchair General.
I have discussed previously how I found a brochure called An Introduction to Games Workshop at a local hobby store, which as one might surmise from the title served as an explanation of the various GW games. [And six years ago (!) Tony from Dampfpanzerwagon sent me a copy of that same brochure] After I got that brochure, I poured over it for hours and hours, and eventually connected the games pictured to Battlemasters and Heroquest, which I obtained at about that time. I did not ever actually play 40k in those days though, as lack of access and lack of cash were definite problems.
Later, when I was in college, I started viewing the old usergroup Rec.games.miniatures for some reason or other, and immediately realized that this "40k" thing was now starting to be accessible online. I worked up the nerve and bought the starter box and a few miniatures, starting me off a long road.
Hard to believe that twenty years later I am still at it, and that it has been so long. Maybe some day I will finally paint all of that starter set...