Way back when, before I ever picked up a d20, there was HeroQuest. I played that game like only an obsessive preteen can. Not only did I play, I made up my own adventures, treasure, buy-able items, and even some variant monsters. I painted every mini that came in the set, as well as the expansion boxes. And those minis have seen lots of use over the years in many many D&D games.
Recently I was handed a complete copy, practically new. It's beautiful.
I actually feel a little bad that in the couple of weeks I've had it, I haven't done anything but look at it.
Was HeroQuest anyone else's gateway to Dungeons and Dragons or mini painting?