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100 Great Games
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
Part 6 | Part 7 | Top Ten | Epilogue
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Stephen Glenn and Mark Jackson rejoin me (Mark JOHNson) to continue this series. In 2012, these two guys polled a number of experienced gamers (a few designers, many reviewers, all enthusiasts) for their top games, consolidated their answers, and asked to come on my podcast to count down the results. I was pleased to be part of the poll, and doubly pleased to have them on Boardgames To Go. I really like how Stephen describes this:"a fun list to discuss over coffee & pie."
The poll was for our favorite games, not necessarily the best games. We even got to submit a top fifteen, which took the usual tough request for a top ten and gave us the breathing room for five more titles. I know in my case, it made it easier to add some very recent games to my longstanding favorites. On each podcast we're counting down a bunch of titles until we get to a final show with the Top Ten. I'll be interspersing 100 Great Games countdown episodes with my other podcast episodes.
Here are #31-40 on the list, counted down in reverse order as we discuss them on the podcast.
This show was especially fun because BGG had gone down for maintenance when we did our recording! That meant that we had to go on our own knowledge and memories of the games' designers, publishers, and years, in addition to usual opinions about how they play. Fortunately, we're getting so high up in the list now that the games are very notable. I think we did pretty well without our normal reference material...but you tell me!
Note: we had a little audio problem with Mark Jackson halfway through the podcast, but stick with us! I edited around it as best I could, and it gets better after the Ave Caesar/Ausgebremst/Q-Jet discussion.
#40 - Vinci / Small World
Designers: Philippe Keyaerts
Artists: Cyril Saint Blancat, Miguel Coimbra
Publisher: Descartes/Days of Wonder
Year: 1999, 2009
#39 - Merchant of Venus (Second Edition)
Designer: Richard Hamblen
Artist: Henning Ludvigsen
Publisher: Avalon Hill/Fantasy Flight Games
Year: 1988, 2012
#38 - Werewolf
Designer: (public domain)
Publisher: (public domain)
#37 - Pandemic
Designer: Matt Leacock
Artist: Josh Cappel, Chris Quilliam, et al.
Publisher: Z-Man Games
#36 - Taj Mahal
Designer: Reiner Knizia
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Publisher: alea/Rio Grande Games
#35 - Ave Caesar
Designer: Wolfgang Riedesser
Artists: Thomas Thiemeyer
Publisher: Ravensburger, Asmodee
#34 - 6 Nimmt!
Designer: Wolfgang Kramer
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
#33 - Bohnanza
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Artist: Björn Pertoft
Publisher: Amigo/Rio Grande Games
#32 - War of the Ring: Second Edition
Designers: Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello
Artists: John Howe, Fabio Maiorana
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Year: 2004, 2012
#31 - Wallenstein
Designer: Dirk Henn
Artist: Jörg Asselborn, Christof Tisch
Publisher: Queen Games
Mark Johnson's occasional and opinionated podcast, Boardgames To Go, now has its own blog on Boardgamegeek.
30 Jan 2014
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