You're right, I never really played role games until Baldur's Gate II...
But I remember that Amiga mags where mad about EOTB when it came out... I'll give it a try... What about the Ishar series? Won many awards if I remember well.
And Worms DC is too GOOD! It's an endless pleasure to see those tiny creatures in a lemmings-like landscape blasting each other with devastative weaponry... Try it!
I'll check Cody's thread... looks like a good start!