Friday, July 17, 2009

Hobby Games The 100 Best

Hobby Games The 100 Best is Green Ronin Publishing’s anthology of short essays that brings together many top names in the gaming hobby/industry to talk about games. They include designers and publishers of card games, CCGs, computer games, board games, miniatures rules, RPGs, and war games, as well fantasy authors and a cartoonist. Each writes about what he (there is only 1 female contributor) thinks is one of the best hobby games from the last 50 fifty years, from the types listed above, each entry being just 2 or 3 pages long. Although computer game designers contribute, no computer game is included. More board games are discussed than anything else, the earliest title being Avalon Hill’s Gettysburg from 1958, the latest being (excluding later editions) GMT’s Here I Stand and Rio Grande’s Thurn and Taxis (a Spiel des Jahres award winner), both from 2006. Later editions excluded, the earliest RPG discussed is of course, Dungeons & Dragons from 1974, the most recent being the self-published My Life With Master from 2003. It is also the only “indie” RPG to make the list.

The choice is fascinating. Discovering that Alan R. Moon likes the dungeon game Descent, that Jordan Weisman chooses Magic: The Gathering, and Squad Leader was Ray Winnegar’s choice is surprising. That Steve Kenson chooses Marvel Superheroes, and Larry Harris chooses Diplomacy is less so. Easily dipped into, Hobby Games The 100 Best provides a wonderful introduction to, history and overview of our hobby. Perfect on any gamer’s shelf.


  1. I suggest Baron Munchausen, which I reviewed for the Hobby Games volume, also qualifies as an "indie RPG," or at least a great progenitor of the indie RPG movement.

  2. I agree with you that The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Münchhausen is certainly a progenitor of the indie movement, and it certainly deserves a place in this volume. Your essay on the game is one of many, many good reads in the book.

    Whether it is "actually" an indie RPG is debatable (less so I think than Green Ronin Publishing being described as an indie publisher) and for that reason and reasons of space, it was better to make a definite statement of fact.

    Thank you for reading the review and taking the time to comment. It is appreciated.

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  4. I wish you can post the short essay link here. I'm curious to read it. Anyway, if you have time, take a visit to my Download Games website.

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