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100 Great Games
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 |
Part 7 | Top Ten | Epilogue
Mark Jackson(gamemark)United States
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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 #21-30 on the list, counted down in reverse order as we discuss them on the podcast.
After the previous episode of 100 Great Games, we received some (ahem) feedback regarding the games we didn’t like (I’m looking at you, Taj Majal), or didn’t know much about (such as War of the Ring). I’m pleased to say we don’t have that issue this time. I get to look over the still-secret list going all the way to Number One, and I can safely say that we’re familiar with all of the remaining games. Which is as you’d expect, right? As we get near the top we’re getting into even more of the modern classics that every self-respecting gamer should seek out & play. But, since you’re only hearing three voices from a survey of many more people, we may not all LOVE the remaining games. But we certainly respect them. (And as you’ll hear, in many cases we do love them!)
We’re nearing the end, only two shows left after this one to finish the countdown! We’ve already had suggestion for a supplemental episode, and it’s under consideration. Other ideas are welcome.
Finally, taking a page from Geek Weekly, I’m going to try adding a poll to each of my podcast episodes. I’d like folks to check out the blog (perhaps comment below), and there’s always a good question to pose after a podcast. Be sure to listen to the episode first, to get the context for the question. In this case, it’s about the theming (or not) in Knizia’s Lord of the Rings.
Stephen Glenn's designer page at BGG (Balloon Cup/Piñata, 1st & Goal, You Must Be an Idiot!)
Mark Jackson's personal blog
P.S. If you want to see the original version of the list these guys made it in 2005, it's still available at 100 Great Games, 2005 Edition (THE ONE HUNDRED).
#30 - Tales of the Arabian Nights
Designers: Eric Goldberg, et al
Artists: Peter Gifford, Dan Harding
Publisher: Z-Man Games/West End Games
Year: 1985, 2009
#29 - The Lord of the Rings
Designer: Reiner Knizia
Artist: John Howe
Publisher: Sophisticated Games/Fantasy Flight Games
#28 - Web of Power
Designer: Michael Schacht
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Publisher: Goldseiber/Rio Grande Games
#27 - Twilight Struggle
Designers: Ananda Gupta, Jason Matthews
Artists: Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Simonitch, Viktor Csete, Guillaume Ries
Publisher: GMT Games
#26 - El Grande
Designer: Wolfgang Kramer, Richard Ulrich
Artist: Doris Mathäus
Publisher: Hans im Glück/Rio Grande Games
#25 - Medici
Designer: Reiner Knizia
Artists: Dominique Ehrhard, Franz Vohwinkel, David Cherry
Publisher: Amigo/Rio Grande Games
#24 - Memoir '44
Designer: Richard Borg
Artists: Cyrille Daujean, Julien Delval, Don Perrin, Claude Rica
Publisher: Days of Wonder
#23 - Can't Stop
Designer: Sid Sackson
Publisher: Parker Bros/Gryphon Games
#22 - Time's Up!
Designers: Peter Sarrett
Publisher: R&R Games
#21 - Crokinole
Year: 19th Century (traditional)
Mark Johnson's occasional and opinionated podcast, Boardgames To Go, now has its own blog on Boardgamegeek.
15 Aug 2014
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