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The Family Games 100 Coming Your Way

I’ve just received my assignment for the upcoming Family Games: The 100 Best, the family-friendly sequel to last year’s Hobby Games: The 100 Best. For those not in the know, the award-winning original featured 100 essays from 100 top game designers, each writing about one of his or her favorite games. (Mine covered Space Hulk.)

I’m not yet supposed to tell you what game I’m tackling this time around, but I can reveal certain other details about the project. My pal Jim Lowder once again helms the book, serving as its editor and (more importantly) writer wrangler. My compadres at Green Ronin step forward once more as the brave and proud publishers.

Instead of “hobby games,” this volume focuses on games that have proven their appeal to a wider audience—and that haven’t already been seen in the first book. However, many of the writers—over half, perhaps well over—who made the first book such a gem will reprise their efforts for Family Games: The 100 Best. Plus, my longtime friend Mike Gray (the senior director of product acquisition at Hasbro) will pen the forward, while my more recent friend Wil Wheaton (come on, you know who Wil is) will bring it all to a resounding end with the afterword.

I don’t have any hard details, but I suspect you’ll be able to get your hands on the book sometime in 2009, perhaps in time for the summer convention season. I may be writing one entry, but I really can’t wait to read the other 99.

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  1. This is good news indeed. I thought that “Hobby Games: The 100 Best” was one of the best gaming products ever produced, for active gamers and as an “informative” piece for those who are baffled by gaming as a hobby.

    To read that Jim is following it up with a book about Family Games is awesome. Not only will it provide another opportunity to read excellent articles discussing “mainstream games,” it will provide another gateway to the hobby. Something like the following.

    X reads “Family Games: The 100 Best” and likes it.
    X reads “Hobby Games: The 100 Best” and likes it.
    X plays Descent by FFG and likes it.
    X pays untold riches for a copy of Space Hulk and is forever a gamer.

  2. This is good news indeed. I thought that “Hobby Games: The 100 Best” was one of the best gaming products ever produced, for active gamers and as an “informative” piece for those who are baffled by gaming as a hobby.

    To read that Jim is following it up with a book about Family Games is awesome. Not only will it provide another opportunity to read excellent articles discussing “mainstream games,” it will provide another gateway to the hobby. Something like the following.

    X reads “Family Games: The 100 Best” and likes it.
    X reads “Hobby Games: The 100 Best” and likes it.
    X plays Descent by FFG and likes it.
    X pays untold riches for a copy of Space Hulk and is forever a gamer.

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