This post is inspired by /U/trentellingsen's post asking what game you bought last.
I am asking about the first hobby game you specifically sought out and bought. Not one that was given to you unless you chose it, not one the first one you played, the first one you sought out to own.
Mine was Castles of Burgundy. My friends had several gateway games, and I enjoyed them. But I was several before I became a gamer. So, I just did a google search for "good euro games." And Castles of Burgundy came up. It was fairly cheap in comparison to some other options, and all the reviews were glowing. I bought it. I hated it. It almost kept me from ever buying more games.
Eventually, as I have grown into the hobby I have learned to appreciate Castles of Burgundy. I still don't enjoy it, though I have played it a number of times trying to learn to like it. I still own it. It is sitting on a bookcase of some of my books and games in a brother in laws house. I am not sure what to do with it. I should probably just get rid of it. Ah, well, I'm glad most of my other experiences went better.
Feel free to tell the story of how/why you bought or asked for that game. Did it turn out well? Was it a flop? I want to know.
[The Castles of Burgundy]