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BGTG #131 - 100 Great Games, part 1 (with Stephen Glenn & Mark Jackson)

Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
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That's a Palm Pilot on the left, and a pink iPod mini on the right. Yes, I've been doing BGTG that long!

Mark Johnson's occasional & opinionated podcast about family strategy boardgames

Stephen Glenn
United States
Virginia Beach
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Mark Jackson
United States
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Am I a man or am I a muppet? If I'm a muppet then I'm a very manly muppet!

Several years ago, Stephen Glenn and Mark Jackson polled a number of experienced gamers (a few designers, many reviewers, all enthusiasts) for their top games. I was pleased to be part of it. They consolidated the results, and published them with commentary in a blog called "The One Hundred." It carried the tongue-in-cheek subtitle "The Official & Completely Authoritative 100 Best Games of All Time Ever Without Question...So There!" Not everyone got the irony of that title, but if you knew these guys you'd know they never take themselves too seriously.

Now in 2012 they felt it was time to do the survey again, adding some new people to the mix to get a broader range of input. I was happy to be asked for my input again, and then pleasantly surprised that they asked for my help with Boardgames To Go to get the survey results out via podcast. Hurray! This time around, I really like how Stephen describes it: "a fun list to discuss over coffee & pie." We were asked 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 more breathing room for five more titles. I know in my case, it made it easier to add some very recent games to my longstanding faves.

It's going to take a little while to talk about 100 titles, so this will be a podcast series for BGTG. In this first part, the three of us talk about the survey itself, then launch into descriptions of the first fifteen games, #100 to #86. In future episodes, we may add another voice to the mix as we work our way up the rest of the list. At fifteen games apiece, then a last show for the top ten, this will be seven episodes in the entire series. I'll be sprinkling them in between other episodes in my podcast feed throughout the early part of 2013.

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).

And now, starting our countdown with the first fifteen titles, from #100 to #86...

#100 - Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
Designer: Reiner Knizia
Artist: John Howe
Publisher: Kosmos/Fantasy Flight
Year: 2002

#99 - Torres
Designers: Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling
Artist: Alessandra Cimatoribus/Franz Vohwinkel
Publisher: Ravensburger/Rio Grande Games
Year: 1999

#98 - Fairy Tale
Designer: Satoshi Nakamura
Artists: Satoshi Nakamura/Yoko Nachigami
Publisher: Yuhodo/What's Your Game?
Year: 1999

#97 - Thunderstone
Designer: Mike Elliott
Artist: Jason Engle
Publisher: AEG
Year: 2009

#96 - Hoity Toity
Designer: Klaus Teuber
Artist: Cornelia von Seidlein/Michaela Keinle
Publisher: FX Schmid/Avalon Hill/alea/Uberplay
Year: 1990

#95 - Paths of Glory
Designer: Ted Racier
Artists: Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Simonitch
Publisher: GMT Games
Year: 1999

#94 - Space Alert
Designers: Vlaada Chvátil
Artists: Radim Pech & Milan Vavroň
Publisher: Czech Games Edition/Rio Grande Games
Year: 2008

#93 - Mü & More
Designers: Frank Nestel & Doris Matthäus
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Publisher: Amigo/Rio Grande Games
Year: 1995

#92 - Diplomacy
Designer: Allan B. Calhamer
Publisher: Games Research Inc/Avalon Hill
Year: 1959

#91 - A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)
Designers: Christian Petersen & Kevin Wilson
Artists: Tomasz Marek Jedruszek & Henning Ludvigsen
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Year: 2003

#90 - A Few Acres of Snow
Designer: Martin Wallace
Artist: Peter Dennis
Publisher: Treefrog
Year: 2011

#89 - Titan
Designera: Jason McAllister & David Trampier
Artista: Ken Nishiuye & David Trampier/Mike Doyle
Publisher: Avalon Hill/Valley Games
Year: 1980

#88 - Cartagena
Designer: Leo Colovini
Artist: Studio Tapiro/Christoph Clasen
Publisher: Winning Moves/Rio Grande Games
Year: 2000

#87 - Elfenland
Designer: Allen R. Moon
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Publisher: Amigo/Rio Grande Games
Year: 1998

#86 - Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
Designers: Rob Daviau, Craig Van Ness, and Stephen Baker
Publisher: Hasbro
Year: 2004


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