8. Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader, 1988
In terms of miniature gaming, this is the big one, that one defining moment that really kicked it all off to the present. I bought the softcover rules that were shrinkwrapped with the classic box of thirty "beaky" space marines at a Waldenbooks. Yeah, I was shocked when I discovered I not only had to paint the figures, but assemble them as well. Of course putting together thirty beakies made something click deep inside, with superglue stuck to my hands, space troopers with big guns half-assembled on the table I knew something was right with the world. White Dwarf magazine wasn't far behind, and before I knew it I was officially a miniatures gamer. Definitely a defining gaming moment.