I wrote 1% (1 of the 100) of the entries in the Hobby Games: The 100 Best, published by my good buds at Green Ronin. It was an Origins Award winner this year (2008). James Lowder, former fiction editor of Green Knight Publishing, and good friend, asked me to write a game review for inclusion in the book. Because of my professional background and personal, we chose an Arthurian game: Shadows Over Camelot, by Days of Wonder.
• Hobby Games: The 100 Best, Review by Gerald Swick
I haven’t talked to Gerald since my days at West End Games back in the 1980s. Amazing how 20 years zooms past. How’s it going Gerald?
It is incredibly humbling and pleasing to share an Origins award with about 100-something-or-other of the best people in the gaming industry. 100 reviews, plus Jim and all the people at Green Ronin that helped make the book happen. Then again, you also have to include all the design teams of all those games. So now we’re talking well over 1,000 people. And, of course, millions of fans worldwide that have played these amazing hobby industry games. Dice, paper, boards, playing pieces, card decks... The basic non-electronic equipment of gaming hasn’t changed that radically since the days of ancient Rome, other than mass production, quality manufacturing, mathematical sophistication and artistic precision. Oh, and marketing. A lot of marketing.
Good going, folks!