The Game of Go
Details of my go career are available for those who care (and for those who don't care but are sort of masochistic, I suppose).
If you've read such a book, got through the online introduction to go on Mindy's page (link above), or even if you didn't, you may be ready to try playing. A great way to get your feet wet (especially for the shy) is to play against a computer program. David Fotland's program Igowin (for Win32), is available for free (DOWNLOAD), and is a great place to start. If you can learn enough to beat this program on even terms, you'll be plenty ready for the society of human go players.