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1983 Games 100

This is the Games 100 for 1983, as published in the November 1983 issue of Games Magazine.

For this year of the Games 100, the games were merely listed by category with no named Game of the Year or category picks. As with other years of the Games 100, the list included items that were not necessarily produced in that year (e.g. Acquire had been in print for 21 years by the time of the 1983 Games 100, and had already passed from 3M to Avalon Hill). Additionally, games were not limited to a single appearance on the Games 100; for example, this is the fourth appearance for Grass.

The game designer names are typically not included in the original lists. This information was researched from the BoardGameGeek website while designer names in parentheses were determined exclusively from information from other websites.

#
Game/Category
Publisher
(Designer)

Word Games


1
Bali
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Uncredited
2
Big Boggle
Parker Brothers
Uncredited
3
Duplicate Scrabble Brand Crossword Game*
Selchow & Righter
Uncredited
4
Scrabble Brand Crossword Game
Selchow & Righter
Alfred Mosher Butts
5
Upwords
Milton Bradley
Elliot Rudell

Three-Dimensional Games


6
Four by Four
World Wide Games
Unknown
7
Icosagame
Future Players
Frank Nichols/INVALID OBJECT ID=7632, type=person
8
Quintillions
Kadon Enterprises
Kate Jones

Dice Games


9
Cosmic Wimpout
Cosmic Wimpout
Uncredited
10
Passing Through the Netherworld*
Whitehall
Uncredited
11
Yahtzee
Milton Bradley
INVALID OBJECT ID=2577, type=person

Supply-Side Entertainment


12
Acquire
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Sid Sackson
13
The Brotherhood
Game Designers Workshop
Frank Chadwick/John Harshman/John Hill (I)
14
Discretion
Princeton International Enterprises
Uncredited
15
1829
Hartland Trefoil
Francis Tresham
16
Empire Builder
Mayfair Games
Bill Fawcett/Darwin Bromley
17
Monopoly
Parker Brothers
Charles Darrow/Elizabeth J. Magie (Phillips)/George S. Parker

Solitare Games


18
Ambush!
Victory Games (I)
Eric Lee Smith/John H. Butterfield
19
Autobridge
Grimaud
Charles H. Goren
20
Outside the Scope of BGG
Ideal
Uncredited
21
Labyrinth
John Hansen
Sven Bergling

Party Favorites


22
Crosstalk
Powar Company
Uncredited
23
Facts in Five
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Richard Onanian
24
Sorry!
Parker Brothers
Uncredited
25
Trivial Pursuit: Genus Edition
Selchow & Righter
Chris Haney/Scott Abbot
26
Twister
Milton Bradley
Reyn Guyer

Abstract Strategy


27
Advanced Master Mind*
Pressman
Mordecai Meirowitz
28
Domain
Parker Brothers
Claude Duvernay
29
Domination*
Milton Bradley
Sid Sackson
30
Go
Sabaki Go Company
Uncredited
31
Kensington
Samuel Ward
Brian Taylor/Peter Forbes
32
Leverage
Milton Bradley
Jack B. Slimp, Jr.
33
Oh-Wah-Ree
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Alex Randolph
34
Othello
Ideal
John W. Mollett/Lewis Waterman
35
Pente
Pente Games
Gary Gabrel/Tom Braunlich

Games for Armchair Jocks


36
NFL Strategy
Tudor
Uncredited
37
Speed Circuit
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Uncredited
38
Strat-O-Matic Baseball
Strat-O-Matic Game Co.
Hal Richman

Card Games


39
Bridgette
Xanadu Leisure
Joli Quentin Kansil
40
Grass
Euro Commerce Corp.
Jeff London
41
Marrakesh
Xanadu Leisure
Joli Quentin Kansil
42
Mhing
Suntex International
Uncredited
43
Super Rack-O
Milton Bradley
Uncredited
44
UNO
International Games
Merle Robbins

Home Arcade


45
Frogger
Coleco
Unknown
46
Ms. Pac-Man
Coleco
Unknown
47
Q*Bert
Parker Brothers
Unknown
48
Zaxxon
Coleco
Unknown

Role-Playing Games


49
Call of Cthulhu
Chaosium Inc.
(Sandy Petersen)
50
Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set
TSR Hobbies
(Gary Gygax/Tom Moldvay)
51
Runequest
Chaosium
(Steve Perrin/Ray Turney/Steve Henderson/Warren James/Greg Stafford)
52
The Traveller Book
Game Designers' Workshop
(Marc W. Miller)

Man vs. Machine


53
Backgammon Challenger
Fidelity Electronics
Unknown
54
Chess Challenger Super 9
Fidelity Electronics
Unknown
55
Monty Plays Scrabble Brand Crossword Game
Ritam
Uncredited
56
Reversi Challenger
Fidelity Electronics
Unknown

Historical Games


57
Ace of Aces (Rotary [57A], Powerhouse [57B], Flying Machines [57C])
Nova Game Designs
Alfred Leonardi
58
Civilization
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Francis Tresham
59
Diplomacy
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Allan B. Calhamer
60
Gettysburg
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Mick (Mike) Uhl
61
A House Divided
Game Designers' Workshop
Frank Chadwick
62
Napoleon
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Lance Gutteridge/Ron Gibson/Tom Dalgliesh
63
Storm over Arnhem
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Courtney F. Allen
64
Victory in the Pacific
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Richard Hamblen

Science Fiction & Fantasy


65
Beyond the Stellar Empire
Adventures by Mail
Unknown
66
Car Wars
Steve Jackson Games
Chad Irby/Steve Jackson (I)
67
Cosmic Encounter
Eon Products
Eberle/Norton/Kittredge/Olotka
68
Dragon Pass
Chaosium
Greg Stafford/Robert Corbett
69
Dune
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Bill Eberle/Jack Kittredge/Peter Olotka
70
Illuminati
Steve Jackson Games
Steve Jackson (I)
71
Imperium
Game Designers Workshop
Frank Chadwick/John Harshman/Marc W. Miller
72
Sanctuary
Mayfair Games
Bill Fawcett

Abstract Conflict


73
Battle*
Yaquinto
S. Craig Taylor
74
Borderlands
Eon Products
Bill Eberle/Jack Kittredge/Peter Olotka
75
Colorloc
Victor Talalay
Victor Talalay
76
Conquest
Conquest, Inc.
Donald Benge
77
Electronic Stratego
Milton Bradley
Uncredited
78
Extinction
Carolina Biological Supply Co.
Stephen Hubell
79
4000 A.D.
Waddington's House of Games
Uncredited
80
Risk
Parker Brothers
Albert Lamorisse/Michael I. Levin
81
Shogi
The Shogi Association
Uncredited

Games of Dexterity


82
Blockhead
Pressman
Uncredited
83
Fore Par Table Golf*
World Wide Games
Unknown
84
Nerf Ping-Pong
Parker Brothers
Uncredited
85
NHL Stanley Cup Hockey
Coleco
Unknown
86
No Jive Yo-Yo
Tom Kuhn Custom Yo-Yos
(Dr. Tom Kuhn)
87
Sidewinder
Parker Brothers
Uncredited

Making Ends Meet


88
Kaliko*
Future Classics
Charles Titus/Ea Ea
89
Trax
Excalibre Games
David Smith
90
Twixt
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Alex Randolph

Things That Fly


91
Frisbee World Class 165G Model
Wham-O
Unknown
92
M17 Boomerang
Benjamin Ruhe
(Lorin Hawes)
93
Trac-Ball
Wham-O
Unknown

Mystery Games


94
Clue
Parker Brothers
Anthony E. Pratt
95
A Puzzle Most Murderous
Springbok
(Pat Cadigan)
96
Scotland Yard
Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Garrels/Ifland/Burggraf/Scheerer/Schlegel/Hoermann
97
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases
Sleuth Publications
Gary Grady/Raymond Edwards/Suzanne Goldberg
98
Sleuth
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Sid Sackson
99
221-B Baker Street
John Hansen
Uncredited
100
Who Killed Roger Ellington?
Jamie Swise
Jamie Swise

Notes on specific entries:

Game #3 -- Scrabble Duplicate (originally listed as Duplicate Scrabble Brand Crossword Game)

Game #10 -- Senet (originally listed as Passing Through the Netherworld)

Game #27 -- Super Mastermind (originally listed as Advanced Master Mind)

Game #29 -- Focus (originally listed as Domination)

Game #73 -- Battle: The Game of Generals (originally listed as Battle)

Game #83 -- Bumper Golf (originally listed as Fore Par Table Golf)

Game #88 -- Psyche-Paths (originally listed as Kaliko)

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