Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh, Why Not ...?

A whole bunch of blogs, including Sickly Purple Death Ray, where I first saw it, are giving into the "15 Games in 15 Minutes" meme. Now, as a general rule, I hate this kind of stuff as much as I hate the term "meme," BUT I actually think this is an interesting one, because it's supposed to be a list of the 15 games that you've played that will always stick with you, which is to say, the ones that immediately come to mind when you start thinking about games. As I interpret it, these aren't supposed to be games that are necessarily your favorites or even the ones that most influenced your thinking about games, but rather than ones that come most quickly to mind (hence the "in 15 Minutes" part of the thing).

So, here are mine (in no particular order other than how they came to me, which probably says something):
  1. Dungeons & Dragons
  2. Traveller
  3. Call of Cthulhu
  4. Star Trek (FASA Version)
  5. Gamma World
  6. Pendragon
  7. Diplomacy
  8. Dark Tower
  9. Dungeon!
  10. Risk
  11. Axis & Allies (Milton Bradley version)
  12. Kingmaker
  13. Revolt on Antares
  14. Adventure (Atari 2600)
  15. Super Star Trek (old computer game I played on a TRS-80)
Those are the games that came immediately to mind. If I had more entries available, I'd probably have added a couple of other board and computer games I played a lot back in the 70s and 80s, but, reflecting on the ones I did choose, I think it's a pretty representative sample of the kinds of games I played a lot during my childhood and teen years. I suspect, if you asked me this question again in 20 years, I might include several more computer games, but I think it's too early to say whether any of them, including those I like(d) a great deal, will stand the test of time.


  1. Okay I'm in.

    1. Call of Cthulhu
    2. Gamma World
    3. Empire of the Petal Throne
    4. Blue Max (GDW WW1 Air)
    5. Star Fleet Battles
    6. Talisman
    7. M*U*L*E* (Early EA game)
    8. Adventure (Atari 2600)
    9. Outlaws (LucasArts FPS)
    10. City of Heroes
    11. Star Trek:TRPG (Fasa)
    12. Awful Green Things from Outer Space
    13. AD&D
    14. Top Secret
    15. Ogre

  2. Hmm.. here goes:
    1] Dungeons & Dragons
    2] DC Heroes (Mayfair Games)
    3] Battlestar Galactica (FFG)
    4] Pendragon (Chaosium)
    5] Feng Shui (Atlas Games... I think)
    6] Total War Series (Activision)
    7] Call of Cthulhu (Chaosium)
    8] Deadlands (Pinnacle)
    9] Star Wars d6 version (WEG)
    10] Chess
    11] Risk (Milton Bradley)
    12] Starfleet Battles (Amarillo Design Bureau)
    13] Gamma World (TSR)
    14] Shadowrun, 3rd edition (FASA)
    15] Star Frontiers (TSR)

  3. 1. D&D
    2. Dark Tower
    3. Risk
    4. Star Frontiers
    5. Gangbusters
    6. Tilight 2000
    7. Battletech
    8. Star Wars D6
    9. Pools of Radiance (SSI)
    10. Pirates! (Sid Mier)
    11. Champions
    12. Dark Conspiracy
    13. Worlds Beyond
    14. Mythus
    15. Free City of Haven (Gamelords)

  4. Prepare to be inundated with 15-game lists.

    In no particular order:

    1. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
    2. Marvel Super-Heroes
    3. Civilization (PC version)
    4. Axis and Allies
    5. Railroad Tycoon
    6. Dune 2
    7. Battletech (FASA version 3025-era)
    8. Warhammer 40K
    9. Eastern Front 1941 (for the old Atari 8-bit systems)
    10. Rise and Decline of the Third Reich/Advanced Third Reich
    11. Shadowrun (1st and 2nd edition)
    12. Command HQ
    13. Stratego
    14. Pirates!
    15. The Legend of Zelda

    I'm a bit surprised how many computer/video games stuck out immediately in my mind.

  5. 1. Dungeons $ Dragons
    2. Gamma World
    3. Villains & Vigilantes
    4. Call of Cthulu
    5. Champions
    6. Risk
    7. Divine Right (great old boardgame from TSR!)
    8. Vampire: The Masquerade
    9. Mutants & Masterminds
    10. Boot Hill
    11. Car Wars
    12. GURPS
    13. Marvel Superheroes
    14. Star Frontiers
    15. Cyberpunk 2020

  6. Here goes... (in no particular order):

    1) D&D
    2) Gamma World
    3) Top Secret
    4) Star Frontiers
    5) Warhammer FRPG
    6) Warhammer 40K
    7) Magic
    8) Settlers of Catan
    9) Risk
    10) Shadows Over Camelot
    11) Pandemic
    12) Roll Through the Ages
    13) Call of Cthulhu
    14) Boot Hill
    15) Marvel Superheroes

    I think I put a lot more board games on there than other people did, but for me, those are games that will stick with me a long time because I started playing them with my "new" game group ("new" meaning about 12 years ago) and the guys have become some of my best friends. So, when I think "games", I think "friends".

  7. 1. D&D/AD&D
    2. Risk
    3. Dark Tower
    4. Swords and Sorcery (SPI)
    5. Lord of the Rings (MB game to go with the Bakshi movie)
    6. Diplomacy
    7. Axis and Allies (original version)
    8. Empire (Commodore 64 version)
    9. Adventure (TRS-80)
    10. Command HQ
    11. Civilization (original version)
    12. War of the Ring (SPI)
    13. Starship Troopers (Avalon Hill)
    14. Dragon Rage
    15. Erland (TRS-80)

    Damn, I'm sure I am missing a few that should be on this list!

  8. 1) Chess
    2) Stratego
    3) D&D
    4) DOOM--the computer game
    5) Deadlands
    6) Magic:the Gathering
    7) Monopoly
    8) Atari 2600--Mattel Baseball
    9) APBA Baseball Board Game
    10) Coleco Handheld Football Game (with red blips of light, you remember, from the 70s)
    11) Madden NFL Football--Sony PS
    12) Fighting Fantasy Solo Gamebooks
    13) Lone Wolf Solo Gamebooks
    14) Tunnels and Trolls
    15) Gladiator--Avalon Hill Board Game

  9. 1. Dungeons & Dragons
    2. Traveller
    3. RuneQuest
    4. Call of Cthulhu
    5. Bushido
    6. Privateers & Gentleman
    7. Vampire: The Masquerade
    8. Space Master
    9. Twilight 2000
    10. Tunnels & Trolls
    11. Warhammer
    12. Pendragon
    13. James Bond
    14. Golden Heroes
    15. Toon

  10. Here's mine:

    1. Dungeons & Dragons (all editions, excluding 4e)
    2. James Bond 007
    3. Top Secret S. I.
    4. Fighting Fantasy gamebooks
    5. Marvel Super Heroes Advanced Set
    6. Vampire: The Masquerade
    7. Shadowrun
    8. Earthdawn
    9. Call Of Cthulhu
    10. Twilight 2000
    11. Axis & Allies
    12. Shogun
    13. Dark Heresy
    14. The Great Khan Game
    15. Mertwig’s Maze

  11. No real order here, but the first three are among my favs.
    1: Dragonquest (With D & D material)
    2: Junta
    3: Battletech & Citytech
    4: Risk
    5: Civilization II
    6: Metal Gear Solid
    7: Atari Adventure
    8: Star Frontiers
    9: Dark Tower
    10: Castle Wolfenstien 3d

  12. Posted mine on my blog. I revel in the differences of my list while also dropping a smile and knowing nod to those with similarites.

    Well met!

  13. Monopoly
    Dungeons and Dragons
    Axis and Allies
    Ms Pac Man
    the Call of Duty videogame series
    the Nuclear War/Proliferation/x series of card games
    Call of Cthulhu
    Heads or Tails coin toss
    Rock Paper Scissors
    any card game that doesn't fall under "poker" but uses a standard deck

  14. Spin the bottle
    Top Secret
    Resident Evil
    Star Wars - X wing
    Cliffhanger (old arcade game that was actually a Miyazaki film)
    A##hole (card game)
    Call of Cthulhu

  15. Chess
    Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (TSR)
    Vampire: The Masquerade 1st ed. (White Wolf)
    Call of Cthulhu (Choasium)
    Gamma World 1st ed.(TSR)
    Axis and Allies (MB)
    Risk (MB)
    Metal Gear: Solid (Konami for PS1)
    Civilization (Avalon Hill)
    Dune (Avalon Hill)
    M*U*L*E (EA for C64)
    Master of Orion (Microprose)
    Paranoia (West End Games)
    Awful Green Things from Outer Space (TSR)
    Fortress America (MB)

  16. 1. AD&D
    2. Metamorphosis Alpha
    3. Traveller
    4. Diplomacy
    5. Call of Cthulhu
    6. Squad Leader
    7. DOOM
    8. Cosmic Encounter
    10. Ogre
    11. Sniper
    12. World in Flames
    13. Blackbeard
    14. Cityfight
    15. Russian Campaign

  17. 1. Backgammon
    2. Call of Cthulhu
    3. Chess
    4. Civilization 2
    5. Dungeons and Dragons (in particular: Oe, Holmes Basic, Arduin Grimoires, 1e, 3e)
    6. Champions
    7. Killer
    8. Lords of Creation
    9. Mercenaries, Spies, and Private Eyes
    10. Poker
    11. Starfire
    12. Tales of the Arabian Nights
    13. The Fantasy Trip
    14. Thinking Man's Football
    15. This old computer game for the Apple 2 where you played Odysseus.

    If I counted non-published games, I'd have to consider whether Revolt! (a junior high school favorite) or Frogs and Bogs (from high school) might bump some of those off.

  18. 1.Wraith the Oblivion
    2.Shadow of the Beast(SEGA Genesis)
    3.AD&D Ravenloft
    5.Lamentations of the Flame Princess
    6.The Immortal (SEGA Genesis)
    7.Labyrinth Lord
    8.S/Lay w/Me
    10.Encounter Critical
    14.Elevator Action (Arcade)
    15.Shock:social science fiction

  19. 1. AD&D 1st Edition
    2. Revolt on Antares
    3. Star Frontiers
    4. Dragonquest
    5. D&D 3.5
    6. Traveller
    7. Marvel Super-Heroes
    8. Chess
    9. Lords of Creation
    10. Gamma World
    11. Monopoly
    12. Risk
    13. The Game of Life
    14. Deadlands
    15. Paranoia

  20. In no particular order...

    1. Holmes D&D
    2. Gamma World
    3. Traveller
    4. Earthdawn
    5. Transhuman Space
    6. Paranoia
    7. Axis & Allies
    8. Battletech
    9. Car Wars
    10. Delta Green (Call of Cthulhu)
    11. Burning Wheel
    12. GODLIKE
    13. Wizardry
    14. Ultima III
    15. Bard's Tale

  21. 1) Dungeons & Dragons (should be obvious...I've dedicated my life to DnD)
    2) Final Fantasy IV (my favorite video game of all time)
    3) Doom (2nd favorite video game of all time)
    4) Magic: The Gathering (have played this game since it came out...well, almost)
    5) Hero Quest (used to be obsessed with this game...played it by myself many times)
    6) Super Mario Bros. (hey, it's Mario...)
    7) Metroid (one of my favorite video game series)
    8) World of Darkness (after DnD, this is probably my second favorite rpg)
    9) Eye of the Beholder (old AD&D computer game made by SSI)
    10) Pathfinder (hey, it's basically DnD)
    11) Chess (have to love chess)
    12) Strahd's Revenge (another old AD&D computer game made by SSI)
    13) Gamma World (love post-apocalyptic settings)
    14) Final Fantasy VI (my second favorite Final Fantasy game)
    15) Swords & Wizardry (my favorite of the OSR clones)

  22. AD&D
    Gamma World
    Magic:The Gathering
    Hack (PC)
    Fallout (PC)
    Civilization (PC)
    Bosconian (arcade)

  23. 1. Dwarf Fortress
    2. Dungeons and Dragons
    3. Rogue(original roguelike)
    4. Black and White
    5. Race for the Galaxy
    6. Go
    7. Chess
    8. Checkers
    9. Rummy
    14.Magic the Gathering
    15.Pokemon TCG

    In no real order except number 1 which is the best computer game in existence as far as I am concerned.

  24. I couldn't do this...I just keep thinking about games on my book shelf (I recently moved all my gaming gear to a new room in the house and organized it all)...for example, Feng Shui keeps popping into my head and I've never played it, nor even finished reading the damn thing (I picked it up a couple months back and it's sat idle on my shelf ever since), so I can say for sure it has no impact on my gaming.

    Spin the bottle's another one...

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  26. Here's my all time RPG/WG list.

    1)Basic/Expert D&D
    2)Gamma World
    3)Call of Cthulhu
    4)Arduin( When Dave was still making 'em)
    6)Empire of the Petal Throne
    7)Tunnels and Trolls
    8)Car Wars
    9)The Fantasy Trip
    10)Microgames (Ogre, GEV, Rivits, Chitin:1)

    As far as videogames go: Gauntlet, Double Dragon and Donkey Kong jr.

  27. My list:

    1) D&D, Basic/Expert
    2) RuneQuest
    3) (Net)Hack
    4) Shadowrun
    5) AD&D 2nd Edition
    6) Civilization, the computer version
    7) Star Frontiers
    8) 2300 AD
    9) Magic: the Gathering
    10) Car Wars
    11) Ultima V
    12) Elite
    13) Moscow 1941 - The Enemy At The Gates
    14) EVE Online
    15) Portal

  28. My list is as follows:

    1. Holmes D&D (TSR)
    2. AD&D 1e (TSR)
    3. Melee & Wizard (Metagaming)
    4. GURPS (Steve Jackson Games)
    5. Vampire: The Masquerade 1e (White Wolf)
    6. Mutants & Masterminds 3e (Green Ronin)
    7. Marvel Super Heroes RPG (TSR)
    8. Star Trek: The Next Generation RPG (LUG)
    9. Star Frontiers (TSR)
    10. Magic: The Gathering (WotC)
    11. Risk (boardgame)
    12. Zork series (Commodore 64 versions)
    13. The Bard's Tale 3 (Electronic Arts; Commodore 64 version)
    14. Civilization (Sid Meier; PC version)
    15. Phantasy Star (Sega Genesis)

    I played the Holmes boxed set with my older brother and his friends a couple of times, then switched to AD&D. That was the beginning of a lifelong addiction.


  29. 1.D&D Moldvay edition
    2. AD&D
    3. Hackmaster
    4. Gamma World
    5. Call of Cthulhu
    6. Twilight 2000
    7. Villains & Vigilantes
    8. Marvel Super Heroes (advanced)
    9. Star Wars d6
    10. Star Frontiers
    11. Zombies!!!
    12. Diablo 1 & 2
    13. Great Space Race board game
    14. OSRIC
    15. Swords & Wizardry

  30. 1. Rolemaster
    2. Monopoly
    3. Dark Tower
    4. Risk
    5. Chopper Command
    6. Traveller
    7 Call of Cthulhu
    8. Pendragon
    9. Doom
    10.Ultima Underworld
    11. Car Wars
    12. Squad Leader
    13. King Maker
    14. Richard the Lionheart (Mayfair)
    15. Dungeons and Dragons

  31. 1. D&D
    2. Marvel Superheroes
    3. TMNT
    4. Heroes Unlimited
    5. Mutants and Masterminds
    6. Risk
    7. Dungeon!
    8. Vampire: tM
    9. Vampire: the Dark Ages
    10. Lunch Money
    11, Ultima: Exodus
    12. Labyrinth Lord
    13. Street Fighter 2
    14. Ghengis Kahn (for the old NES)
    15. Castlevania 2

  32. 1. Wraith : The Oblivion
    2. Vampire: The Dark Ages
    4.Age of Empires 3
    5.Age of Empires 2
    6.Mount & Blade - Warband
    7.Dark Sun
    9.Jedi Knight
    11.Werewolf : The Apocalypse
    12.Mage : The Ascension
    13.Mage: Sorcerers Crusade
    14.Changeling: The Dreaming
    15.Vampire: The Masquerade

  33. 1. Dark Dungeon (own design, played over 20 years)
    2. Call of Cthulhu
    3. D&D / AD&D
    4. Traveller
    5. Cyberpunk
    6. Up Front
    7. Brothers in Arms
    8. Landlords Game (Monopoly as it actually was)
    9. Strahds Posession / EOB
    10. Diablo / Rogue / Hack!

  34. 1. D&D
    2. Traveller
    3. Runequest
    4. Burning Wheel
    5. Dogs in the Vinyard
    6. Cold Iron
    7. Chivalry and Sorcery
    8. Metamorphosis Alpha
    9. Gamma World

    Oh, board games too...

    10. Up Front
    11. Barbarian, Kingdom, and Empire
    12. Tactics II
    13. Tractics
    14. Pinocle
    15. Carcassone (spec. Hunters & Gatherers)


  35. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
    War of the Ring (FFG)
    Mare Nostrum
    Middle-earth: The Wizards
    The Call of Cthulhu
    The Settlers of Catan