The good folks over at gamesinfodepot.com have put up a very nifty “100 Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games You Should Play Before You Die” list on their site. It’s very nice, broken out into different categories, and includes a whole bunch of games I’ve never even heard of before. There’s actually a post-apocalyptic role-playing-game where you play a mutant cockroach? Sweet gorilla of Manilla!
Some of the descriptions are rather perfunctory, and others are downright brief to the point of being dismissive (c.f. the entry for Gamma World, which states rather snarkily, “You fight mutants instead of orcs.”). (Which brings up the inevitable question, why Gamma World rather than Metamorphosis: Alpha?) And for some incomprehensible reason, they chose to link a post from this blog to the entry on Hackmaster, rather than the actual Hackmaster site. Much as I appreciate the compliment, it’s a bit bizarre (unless, as the cynical side of me keeps insisting, it’s just a gimmick to get more traffic on their own site, but I must keep a better opinion of humanity, or so I keep telling myself), but certainly welcome. Perhaps they simply had too many links to Kenzer games already, and needed something else for variety.
For all my silliness, it’s really a great list (they give much-deserved recognition to 2300 AD, my own current favorite scifi RPG), and well worth the time to check it out. I will definitely try to peruse some of the lesser-known items thereupon myself.