I’ve always been a fan of classic pulp horror. I grew up reading Edgar Allan Poe when I was probably too young to really appreciate it. In high school and college I got into HP Lovecraft. I’m still into this sort of existential horror, but given modern sensibilities that comes with a lot of asterisks.
In the board game hobby there is the idea of the gateway game, that I for one think is flawed. The idea stems from the also flawed war on drugs, where lighter drugs such as cigarettes and alcohol, are said to lead to harder drugs, which lead to even harder drugs, and the next thing you know you’re an addict. Similarly, in the board game industry, people think that lighter games are used to bring someone into the hobby, a gateway to the harder and more complex games that “real gamers” want to play.