Most of the players of RPGs did not immediately jump directly into a love of fantasy/science-fiction/role-playing through RPGs. Similar to the theory of the gateway hypothesis which states that the use of less dangerous drugs leads to the use of harder drugs, what other forms of fantasy and role-play led you to RPGs?
Some people first found a love of fantasy/sci-fi through books; some through movies. Also computer games may have been their first exposure to the genre of role-playing. I suspect there may even have been other avenues into RPGs, such as acting in plays or live-action role-play/cosplay.
For me, it all started with books. My first “fantasy” book was Watership Down. From there I eventually got into The Lord of the Rings, which gave me a love of fantasy. As for computer games, my love for them came after my interest in role-playing games.
So, what was your “Gateway Drug”? What got you interested in the genre of fantasy/sci-fi or role-playing and eventually brought you to tabletop RPGs?