I started playing D&D back during 2nd Ed, with a few friends after class in High school. We used to make up all sorts of crap as we went along, having a very loose grasp on the rules at the time.
We tried a few other systems (tunnels and trolls most notably) where we had a blast playing bizarre characters.
Then we as a group moved to 3rd Ed, and I fell in love with D&D all over again. However, I really felt that spell casters got the shaft in 3rd Ed, so when 4th Ed came out I switched to that and started to DM seriously. Of course, my hectic schedule made actually PLANNING nigh impossible so I generally flew by the seat of my pants (this apparently worked out well).
In the end however I still wanted to play, and I found 4th Ed great for kick in the door dungeon crawling, but the system just didn't feel quite right for RPing.
I finally started eyeing Pathfinder. It seems that most of the things that made 3rd Ed fun stayed, and the stuff that made it boring changed. So I picked up the Core Rulebook and well here I am!