There was a series on Go in one of the major Danish newspapers back in the mid 1980's. A friend and I got hooked, and the game instantly replaced chess as my favorite game. I like the connectivity aspect, and the inside/outside aspect and a lot of other things about Go. (The former aspect appears in pure form in Hex, a fun game indeed).
After a period without much play, I started playing occasionally on the internet, and 5 years ago I started programming Go in my spare time. At times I've found computer Go even funnier than real Go, and Go programming is surely a great challenge!
I guess I'm currently around 5k on the Danish scale. Much weaker than my program when it comes to the kinds of problems it is aimed at. Should have played more and programmed less :-).