Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Gaming Hall Of Fame

I’ve decided to add a little something to the site: namely, a permanent list of the games that I’ve enjoyed the most over the years. Most of the games on this list are older, and with good reason; this isn’t a fly-by-night list; these are games that were proven over time to help give some of the best gaming memories I possess.

I’ll be putting up a separate page later for my little “Hall Of Fame”. So, without further ado, here’s the list of my favorite RPGs from over the years:

After some good thought, here’s the inaugural list of the twelve games I think I’ve had the most fun with over the years:

I miss Erick Wujcik every time I think of this game, but his brilliance shines undiminished through the years.

Castles & Crusades
A fantastic meeting ground between more recent d20 games and classical gaming. A system that truly clicked.

D&D 3.5/Pathfinder
Added because the two tended to blend together for me. Although far from my ideal system, it served admirably as the lingua franca of gaming whenever it was needed.

Epic Role Playing
Epic will always remind me of classic games at Gen Con, plenty of rolling to see what my character’s background and social station were, and some of the most unique magic systems I’ve ever seen.

In Harm’s Way
I have perhaps planned more games and sessions never played for IHW than any RPG I can think of. And it was still an absolute blast.

Palladium Fantasy
My first game, and still a favorite. Palladium did a great job of making their fantasy world open to monster races that felt like they could be played. The various magic systems were no slouch, either.

Puts a tiny nuclear kitchen sink inside a larger adamantium kitchen sink, which itself resides in a kitchen sink the size of a middling galaxy. Crazy, wild, occasionally maddening, never afraid to jump the shark eight times in each direction, it just keeps going and going as one of the most gonzo games ever imagined.

If I could have written any game, I wish it would have been Risus. It includes some of the best GMing and plot advice out there. One little game sure can do a lot!

The critical hit charts of Rolemaster might still be the single most-discussed/remembered game feature from any I’ve run.

Rules Cyclopedia D&D
My first encounter with Dungeons and Dragons, and still the best single-volume rules compilation for a game I’ve ever seen.

Over 30 years have passed since Traveller came out, and it’s still the hallmark of sci-fi RPGs.

Two-Fisted Tales
Probably one of the lesser-known RPGs on this list, Two-Fisted Tales is simply the definitive pulp RPG as far as I’m concerned. It hits all the right notes, no matter if you’re trying to do the Venture Brothers or The Shadow.

Keep in mind this is just for RPGs, not supplements. For example, Triple Ace Games has made such amazing products as Hellfrost, but that’s a setting, not a core RPG. Maybe there will be another list down the road for that, but for now, it’s main RPG products.

So what games would be in your gaming Hall of Fame?


Ryan said...

You know, I have a copy of Two Fisted Tales that my wife picked up for me at a used book store. I have never gotten around to reading it...perhaps I need to do that soon.

Jeffry Hoffman said...

Call of Cthulhu. Nothing is more fun than watching the new guy have his character read the mysterious book we just stumbled across.

Obiri said...

I was very much into the Palladium line of products for many years (Rifts, Robotect, TMNT, Heroes Unlimited). I play Pathfinder now because I found that Rifts used to really bring out the munchkin in everyone. We had some really epics games though

clash bowley said...


You definitely need to read TFT! I agree with Zachary - the definitive Pulp game. It's brilliant!


Zachary Houghton said...

Obiri: How about that Bio-E and mutant construction in TMNT? Wasn't that a hoot?!

The Halfling said...

For me it would be Legendary Lives 2nd Ed and 2nd Ed. AD&D. Though I have heard many, many stories from both Rolemaster and Traveller from my husband's gaming group.

Zachary Houghton said...

Interesting--some Legendary Lives love! That's a cool RPG to look through, for the uninitiated:

seema said...


clash bowley said...

I LOVE TMNTaOS! A truly brilliant game.

Allan Gagnon said...

I just posted my hall of fame list on my blog
right now my main gaming efforts have been in D&D 4th edition