11935June Top 10 Games....Including Fan Letters
- Jul 1, 2002Well, summer is here which traditionally has meant the
new games have come and gone. Some stick around
hitting the table with regularity and others get one
or two playings and then fade to the back the the
closet. This means that the summer months see a lot
of older favorites come out as well as older games
that were missed the first time around. That's
certainly the case with this months all new, super
exciting Top 10 Games Played List.
I always say in jest that the UG readership is
clamoring for this list. Everyone knows that the only
clamoring is in my head. But, this month it seems I
was off as I found my mailbox stuffed on a daily basis
with letters from adoring fans. So after reading
through the deluge, here are 10 letters that fit well
with this months Top 10.
Dear Game Snob.
All I hear is that German games vastly superior to
everything else. How can you be so myopic and fail to
acknowledge some of the old classics. You're a jerk.
Bad Mood in Beverly
Well Bad Mood, it just so happens that I finally tried
an old classic, playing Star Fleet Battles for the
first time ever. I always avoided it given the
volumes of rules, but after trying a 4 player team
game, I was pleasantly surprised. The basic game
wasn't all that complicated. I can see this getting
played a couple times a year or more.
Sometimes my group wants something light and simple.
Even Crokinole is too heavy for us on occassion. I'm
talking really mindless stuff. I'm just not bright
enough to handle anything deeper. Suggestions?
An Anal Moron
Mr. Moron is looking for simple and it just so happens
that I have the perfect solution. Try Mause Ralleye.
Frank Branham suggested this last year so I got a copy
and like an idiot, it sat on my shelf untouched for a
year. All you do is try to race your mouse head
around a pothole filled track. Each completed lap
scores a piece of cheese with the most cheese winning.
This is all done with a stick used to flick the
pieces. Very little brain strain and loads of fun.
Dear Mr. Hypocrite,
Each month you invariably have an abstract game on
your list despite repeatedly professing your dislike
of abstract games. I'm sure this month will be no
different you big phoney. I love your list by the way
- keep it up.
Signed The Cambridge Kasparov.
I'm glad to see people pay close attention to the
monthly lists. I do generally dislike abstracts, but
always seem to find the exceptions. This month is no
different. Richard S. introduced me to a 2 player
dice game (yes, this really isn't a true abstract so
it's an exception to the exception). The game is
Saxum and its an old Sid Sackson game played on a 5x5
grid with a bunch of stones and dice. Ask Richard for
Dear Big Loser,
I tried Wallenstein based on its spot in last months
top 10. I hated it. What are you recommending this
Worked Up in Watertown
I'm recommending Wallenstein again. I'm enjoying this
more each time I play it. Anyone who doesn't like
this is a mental case. Besides, there is almost
always one game that carries over from month to month.
#6 and #5
Oh Wise One
Your monthly list is a continued source of wisdom and
inspiration for me. I can't imagine valuing someone's
opinion any more. What games from the past few years
see regular play?
Signed, Bellingham's Answer to Hemingway
Dear Old Man,
Two games spring to mind - Ra and Web of Power. Both
are seeing consistent play since they came out. They
both provide a nice amount of depth in a short time
frame and if I were to redo my all time top 20 games,
they would both have spots. Web of Power now has a
two player expansion (Kardinal & Konig: Das Duell)
that works extrememly well.
To Whom I May Concern,
I'm on a tight budget. How can I maximize my gaming
dollar and still have enough cash at the end of the
week for shoes for the baby and smokes for the wife.
Signed, A. Nonymus
Your in luck. You can now get a classic gaming
experience at a fraction of the price by buying Santa
Fe Rails. This is a reissue of an older game of
Alan's - Santa Fe. This one has been updated by GMT
games. I've had the chance to play it twice now and
in addition to enjoying it, I've discovered that I own
Pitt in this game. Good times.
#3, #2, #1
Dear Mr. Nixon,
Lighten up. You need to play more party games. All
these strategy games on your list have you looking
like Tricky Dick in wingtips at the beach. There is
more to life than auctions and tile placement. You
should be impeached.
Signed, South End Party Animal
You're right - sort of. I have a long history of
party game in the monthly top 10 list. To help prove
it, I saved spots 3, 2 and 1 for party game this
Reel Schpeel is more of a true trivia game, but one
that is very accessible, especially for fans of the
silver screen. It has a charades element that keeps
it a lot of fun. This is an older game that as a
movie fan, I should have tried much sooner.
People Magazine Game (Pitt can confirm the title) is a
two be released game that has a great timer. It
combines charades, impersonations, and Password skills
in a nice team game where you try to guess the famous
celebrity/person. I'm looking forward to trying this
Abtracts is a game that pushes your creativity in clue
giving beyond the norm. As a clue giver you try to
get your team to guess the famous place, person or
thing by providing clues such as "If I were a game, I
would be a ????" This one has seen a lot of table
time on the north side of town (we all know this is
the cool side).
That's it for now. Keep those letters coming.
Craig W. Massey
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