Games Me Play!



I am an avid gamer and game collector. On these pages I will be presenting my impressions of games that I've played. If you have a favorite game that's not mentioned here, drop me a line and tell me a little bit about it. I'm always interested in hearing about good games. I will add to this list approximately whenever the spirit moves me.

As far as these "reviews" go, here's the grain of salt with which they must be taken: I'm a baby boomer (yes, old as dirt) with a job, a family, and many other enthusiasms and interests beyond games. Further, the people I game with (the same bastards I've been gaming with since high school) also have jobs, families, etc. And yet we somehow still manage to get together once a month for a full day of gaming (and food, and alcohol and billiards, and whatever else we can manage). The upshot being that we're no longer youngsters with infinite amounts of time to waste on whatever game might blow across our collective transoms. Consequently, we're just not that interested in two-player games, games with thick rulebooks and steep learning curves, or games that take more than six hours to complete. No offense if you like those kinds of games, but they're probably not going to get a nice write-up here.

I've received numerous requests over the years to apply some sort of rating system to this list, so here it is:

An awesome game - one that we totally love and play repeatedly
A good game, a game that we like, but a game that we don't play all that often
An OK game - no strenuous or specific complaints, but apparantly there are better options
A game that sucks and should be expunged from the universe
A game that we've looked at, but (for whatever reason) never got around to trying out

Note, these ratings are relative to my main (hard core) gaming group, so the family/kiddie games have to really rock to get anything above an "indifferent" rating.

Name
Publisher
Copyright
# of Players
Ages
Genre
Rating
Gumshoe Sleuth Publications Ltd
1986
Any
Any
Detection/Deduction
Khet Innovention Toys
2005
2
9-up
Abstract Strategy
Black Monday Salagames
1988
2-6
10-up
Finance/Stocks
Executive Decision 3M
1971
2-6
12-up
Finance/Manufacturing
Cargo Noir Days of Wonder
2011
2-5
8-up
Strategy/Smuggling
Kingsburg Fantasy Flight Games
2007
2-5
13-up
Strategy/City Building
221B Baker Street John N. Hansen Co
1977
2-6
10-up
Mystery/Deduction
Sleuth 3M
1967
3-7
10-up
Cards/Deduction
Gammarauders TSR
1987
2-6
10-up
Monsters/Strategy
Dominion Rio Grande Games
2008
2-4
8-up
Cards/Strategy/Medieval
Tales of the Arabian Nights Z-Man Games
2009
1-6
12-up
Role-Playing
Revolution Steve Jackson Games
2009
3-4
10-up
Strategy/Politics
Venture 3M
1968
2-6
13-up
Finance
Axis & Allies: Guadalcanal Avalon Hill
2008
2
13-up
WWII/Tactics
Guitar Hero III Nintendo
2007
Any
Any
Simulated Rockgoditude
Consulting Detective Sleuth Publications Ltd
1981
Any
Any
Detection/Deduction
Caylus Rio Grande Games/Ystari Games
2005
2-5
12-up
Economics/Strategy
Miskatonic Madness Richard Launius
2005
2
12-up
Fantasy/Horror
Bootleggers Eagle Games
2004
3-6
12-up
Finance/Crime
Axis & Allies: Battle of the Bulge Avalon Hill
2006
2
13-up
WWII/Tactics
Interstellar Wars Attactix
1982
2
12-up
Space War/Strategy
Rollout Supremacy Games
1987
2-6
10-up
Finance/Strategy
Red Storm Rising TSR
1989
2-4
12-up
Modern War/Strategy
Diplomacy Waddington's
1971
2-7
12-up
Diplomacy/Negotiation/Strategy
Risk 2210 A.D. Avalon Hill/Hasbro
2001
2-5
10-up
SF/War/Strategy
Dragonriders of Pern Mayfair Games
1983
1-7
12-up
Fantasy/Strategy
Sanctuary Mayfair Games
1982
1-6
12-up
Fantasy
Challenge of the Lion Lord T.L.C.
1995
2-4
10-up
Fantasy
Dragonmaster Milton Bradley
1981
3-4
12-up
Fantasy/Card
King's Bounty Task Force Games
1991
1-8
12-up
Fantasy
The Challenge Lion Rampant
1990
2-6
12-up
Fantasy
Magic Realm Avalon Hill
1978
2-16
12-up
Fantasy
Pentantastar Adventure Games
1983
2-4
12-up
Fantasy/Strategy/War
Dragonhunt Avalon Hill
1982
2-6
10-up
Fantasy
Wizards Avalon Hill
1982
2-6
12-up
Fantasy
New Dungeon! TSR
1989
1-6
8-up
Fantasy
War of the Ring Fantasy Flight Games
2006
2-4
12-up
Fantasy/War/Strategy
Memoir '44 Days of Wonder
2004
2
8-up
World War II/Tactics
Star Hop Teaching Concepts, Inc
1981
2-4
10-up
Astronomy/Educational
Rail Baron Avalon Hill
1977
3-6
10-up
Finance/Railroading
Filthy Rich Wizards of the Coast
1998
2-5
14-up
Finance/Advertising
Lie, Cheat & Steal Reiss Games
1971
2-6
10-up
Politics/Family
The Settlers of Catan Mayfair Games
1996
3-4
12-up
Settlement/Strategy
Scotland Yard Milton Bradley
1985
3-6
10-up
Pursuit/Tactics
Arkham Horror Fantasy Flight Games
2005
1-8
12-up
Horror/SF
Monsters Menace America Avalon Hill
2005
2-4
12-up
Sci-Fi/Strategy
The Game of Life (Simpsons Edition) Milton Bradley
2004
2-6
9-up
Family
Operation (Shrek Edition) Milton Bradley
2004
1 or more
6-up
Skill
Robo Rally Wizards of the Coast
1994
2-8
12-up
Sci-Fi/Tactics
Doom: The Boardgame Id/Fantasy Flight Games
2004
2-4
12-up
Horror/Sci-Fi/Tactics
The Maze of Ishtar Anachromagique, Inc
1984
2-4
12-up
Fantasy/Dungeon
Stratego Milton Bradley/Hasbro
1961
2
8-up
Strategy/Napoleanic War
Civilization III PC CD-ROM Atari, Inc
2004
1 (more
via network)
12-up
History/Strategy/War
Supremacy Supremacy Games, Inc
1986
2-6
10-up
Modern War/Strategy
Cranium Cadoo For Kids Cranium, Inc
2001
2 or more
7-up
Family/Trivia/Puzzles
Cosmic Encounter Mayfair
1991
3-6
12-up
Sci-Fi/Strategy/Diplomacy
Magic: The Gathering PC CD-ROM Microprose
1997
1-2
6-up
Fantasy/Cards
Battleship Milton Bradley
1967
2
7-up
Submarine/Tactics
Risk II PC CD-ROM Microprose
2000
1-8
9-up
Napoleanic Wars/Strategy
Axis & Allies Iron Blitz PC CD-ROM Microprose
1999
1-5
12-up
World War II/Strategy
Axis & Allies Europe Avalon Hill
1999
2-4
12-up
World War II/Strategy
Ticket To Ride Days of Wonder
2004
2-5
8-up
Railroad/Abstract Strategy
Destination Mars Discovery Kids
1999
2
8-up
Space/Learning
Axis & Allies PC CD-ROM Microprose
1998
1-5
12-up
World War II/Strategy
Doom 3 PC CD-ROM Id
2004
1
17-up
First person shooter/SF-Horror
Axis & Allies Pacific Avalon Hill
2000
2-3
12-up
World War II/Strategy
Runebound Fantasy Flight Games
2004
2-6
12-up
Fantasy/Strategy & Tactics
Axis & Allies D-Day Avalon Hill
2004
2-3
12-up
World War II/Strategy
Power Grid Rio Grande Games
2004
2-6
12-up
Power Plant/Strategy
Star Wars Epic Duels Milton Bradley
2002
2-6
8-up
SF/Tactics
Organized Crime Iron Crown Enterprises
1974
2-4
14-up
Crime
Risk - LOTR Trilogy Edition Parker Bros
2003
2-4
9-up
Fantasy/Strategic War
Dante's Inferno Twilight Creations Inc.
2003
3-6
12-up
Fantasy/Horror/Tactics
Illuminati Steve Jackson Games
1982
2-6
12-up
Conspiracy/Cards
Federation and Empire Task Force Games
1986
2-8
12-up
SF/Tactics
Castle Risk Parker Bros
1986
2-6
12-up
Napoleanic War
Dicemaster Iron Crown Enterprises
1996
Any
12-up
Fantasy/Dice
Moonstar Avalon Hill
1981
Any
Any
Math/Dice
The Official Dealer McDope
Dealing Game
Last Gasp
1971
?
?
Drug Dealing
Kingmaker Avalon Hill
1976
2-6
12-up
Medieval/Political/Strategy
Feudal 3M Bookshelf Games
1967
2-6
10-up
Medieval/Strategy
Empire Builder Mayfair Games
1984
2-6
12-up
Railroad/Strategy
4000 AD Waddington's
1972
2-4
12-up
Space/Strategy
Titan Avalon Hill
1982
2-6
12-up
Fantasy/Strategy/Tactics
Belter Game Designers' Workshop
1979
2?
12-up
SF/Space/Mining
Paths of Glory GMT Games
1999
2
12-up
WW I/Strategy
Ploy 3M Bookshelf Games
1970
2 or 4
10-up
Strategy
Infection Earwig Enterprises
1991
2-8
9-90
Medical Trivia
Double Star Game Designers' Workshop
1979
2
12-up
Space/Tactics
Tactics II Avalon Hill
1958
2
12-up
WW II/Tactics
Up Front Avalon Hill
1983
2
12-up
WW II/Card/Tactics
Invasion: Earth Game Designers' Workshop
1981
2
12-up
Space/Tactics
Freedom in the Galaxy Avalon Hill
1981
2
12-up
Space/Tactics
Starforce Alpha Centauri Simulations Publications, Inc
1974
2
12-up
Space/Tactics
A Game of Thrones Fantasy Flight Games
2003
3-5
12-up
War/Strategy
Nuclear War Flying Buffalo
1965
2-6
10-up
War/Cards
Talisman Games Workshop
1985
2-6
9-up
Fantasy
Zylatron - Battle for the Galaxy Games People Play
1985
2-4
9-up
Sci-Fi/Space/Tactics
Wizard's Quest Avalon Hill
1979
2-6
12-up
War/Fantasy/Strategy
Dungeonquest Games Workshop
1987
1-4
12-up
Fantasy/Tactics
Elric, Battle at the End of Time Chaosium, Inc
1981
1-4
12-up
War/Fantasy/Strategy
Cults Across America Atlas Games
1998
2-6
12-up
War/Horror/Strategy
Shogun Milton Bradley
1986
2-5
12-up
Feudal Japan/War/Strategy
Spammers Atlas Games (Trident, Inc)
1998
2-6
13-up
Card/Humorous
Hacker Steve Jackson Games
1992
3-6
12-up
Card/Computers
Guesstures Milton Bradley
1990
4 or more
12-up
Family/Charades
Catch Phrase Park Bros (Hasbro)
1994
4 or more
12-up
Family/Password
Pictionary Pictionary Inc
1985
3-16
12-up
Family/Drawing
Cranium Cranium Inc
1998
4 or more
13-up
Family/Trivia/Puzzles
People Magazine Game Patch Games
2002
4 or more
12-up
Family/Trivia/Puzzles
Warrior Knights Games Workshop Ltd
1985
2-6
10-up
Medieval War/Strategy
Tigris & Euphrates Mayfair Games
1999
3-4
12-up
Strategy
Titan: The Arena Avalon Hill
1997
2-5
10-up
Fantasy/Cards
Pirateer Mendocino Game Co.
1994
2-4
8-up
Pirate/Tactics
Conquest of the Empire Milton Bradley
1984
2-6
10-up
Roman warfare/strategy
Entdecker Mayfair
2001
2-4
10-up
Colonial Exploration/Strategy
Chez Geek Steve Jackson Games
1999
2-5
12-up
Card/Party
Noble House Fasa Corp
1981
2-5
12-up
Stocks/Finance
Tai-Pan Fasa Corp
1981
2-4
12-up
Sea Trade
Asteroid Game Designers' Workshop
1983
2
12-up
Sci-Fi/Tactics
MindTrap MindTrap Games, Inc
1991
2 or more
12-up
Family/IQ
Space Crusade Milton Bradley/Hasbro
1990
2-4
10-up
SF/Tactics
Zombies!!! Journeyman Press
2001
2-6
12-up
Horror/Tactics
Starbase Jeff Cheapass Games
1998
2-4
10-up
SF/Strategy
Dune Avalon Hill
1979
2-6
12-up
SF/Strategy
The Quest of the Philosopher's Stone The Games Gang, Ltd
1986
2-4
10-up
Fantasy/Trivia
Pokemon Monopoly Parker Bros/Hasbro
1999
2-6
8-up
Family/Finance
Uno Int'l Games, Inc
1979
2-10
7-up
Family/Cards
Lionheart Parker Bros/Hasbro
1997
2
10-up
Medieval/Tactics
Starlord Gamma Two Games Ltd
1977
2
9-up
SF/Strategy
Twilight Imperium Fantasy Flight Games
2000
2-6
12-up
SF/Strategy
Dragonlance TSR
1988
2-6
10-up
Fantasy/Tactics
Puerto Rico Rio Grande Games
2002
3-5
12-up
Economics/Trade
Stratego Legends Avalon Hill/Hasbro
1999
2
10-up
Fantasy/Tactics
Orbit War Steve Jackson Games
1992
2
12-up
SF/Strategy
Pokemon Master Trainer Milton Bradley/Hasbro
1995
2-6
7-up
Kids
The Game of Nations Waddington's
1974
2-4
12-up
War/Strategy
Acquire Avalon Hill
1995
2-6
12-up
Finance
Magic: The Gathering Wizards of the Coast
1993
2-up
12-up
Fantasy/Card
Fortress America Milton Bradley
1986
2-4
12-up
Strategy/War
El Grande Rio Grande Games
1996
2-5
12-up
Strategy
Assassin Avalon Hill
1993
3-6
10-up
Espionage/Tactics
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain Games Workshop
1986
2-6
10-up
Fantasy/Tactics
Sorry Parker Brothers
1934
2-4
6-up
Family
Candyland Milton Bradley
1949
2-4
3-6
Tots/Simple
Lord of the Rings Hasbro
2000
2-5
12-up
Fantasy
Airlines Avalanche Press
1998
2-4
12-up
Business/Strategy
Berzerk Milton Bradley
1983
2
7-14
SF/Tactics
Arkham Horror Chaosium, Inc.
1987
1-8
12-up
Horror/SF
Balderdash Parker Bros
1984
2-6
10-up
Family/Party
Outburst Hasbro
1988
2 teams
Adults
Family/Party
Sequence Jax Ltd
1994
2-12
7-up
Family/Strategy
Battle of the Sexes University Games
1998
Any
12-up
Family/Trivia
Kings & Things West End Games
1986
2-4
12-up
Fantasy/War
HeroQuest Milton Bradley
1990
2-5
10-up
Fantasy
Dark Tower Milton Bradley
1982
1-4
10-up
Fantasy
Edge City Imagineering Design
1994
2-4
10-up
SF/Cyberpunk
The Omega Virus Milton Bradley
1992
1-4
10-up
SF/Space
The Amazing Magic Robot ???
???
???
???
Party
Dungeon! TSR
1980
2-8
8-up
Fantasy
Dungeon Dice Parker Brothers
1977
2-4
8-up
Fantasy
The Starfarers of Catan Mayfair
2001
3-4
12-up
SF/Space
Monopoly Junior Hasbro
1999
2-4
5-8
Kids/Finance
Chutes & Ladders Milton Bradley
1978
2-4
4-7
Kids/Counting
Scattergories Milton Bradley
1988
2-6
12-up
Family/Party



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