Thursday, November 03, 2005

The One Hundred

Nearly a year ago, my friend, Stephen Glenn, came up with this wild-eyed idea. He'd poll a private mailing list of rabid game players that he & I both belong to about their favorite games... and come up with a Rolling Stone-like list of The Top 100 Games of All Time.

I volunteered to put the list up on my website - and the work began. After much starting & stopping (Stephen opened a game store, Shari & I had Collin, etc.), we finally were ready to go in early August.

And then something went horribly wrong with the software (Freeway Express) and computer (aging iMac) that I use to upload to Game Central Station. Insert immense sigh of frustration here - I have this huge update (which includes much more than just The One Hundred) that I have been unable to upload.

Anyway, after much futzing around, I suggested we create a blog to publish the material. Stephen agreed, and that blog just went live this morning (Thursday, November 3rd). It may or may not be of interest to you - some of you don't read this blog for the games - others of you are pretty ambivalent about the 'spiritual' part of this monster - but if you are interested, you can find it at

The One Hundred

Over the next three weeks, we'll be counting down the games from #100 to #1. Might make a nice Christmas list for someone in your family. :-)

BTW, Stephen is not just a nice guy, he's also the designer of the Spiel des Jahres nominated game, Balloon Cup, which you need to play at some point!


Nord said...

Hey Mark,

Cool Site - Will you ever publish your personal top 15? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Balloon Cup not only didn't place in the list -- it didn't get a SINGLE VOTE.


I didn't know pastors were allowed to say 'futzing.'


Anonymous said...

I am normally on here for keeping up with the Jacksons (hi guys!) and spiritual encouragement. I was one of Mark's more vocal youth a few years back (would that be a good way to say it Mark??). BUT, I am pulling up my Christmas list, and was on another site where Balloon Cup was rated very highly. I'm going to ask for it for Christmas. Just checking out others of Mark's suggested games. Glad you have a list. Mark inspired my love of games at a early age! I still play Dalmuti! :)