Because it’s a meme, and I usually avoid memes…These seven games have been the ones I’ve run the most – and I’m happy to report that none of them actually are in the list of games I’ve played the most.
In no particular order, for those who don’t recognize the covers off-hand, they are:
1981 Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set – I’ve been running this game on and off since 1981. It remains my go-to game and I don’t think it will ever be replaced in my heart.
Cyberpunk 2020 – One of the “Cool 2” games that I ran a lot in the 90’s. The style of this game was unlike any I had run before, and it encouraged play significantly outside the standards of my prior games with lots of style, flair and moral ambiguity.
Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 – One of two games on this list that I still run. This is the most popular D&D edition in my area, and since I have total rules mastery (no books needed to adjudicate grappling, bull rushing, etc) it is one I can run for just about anyone, anywhere. Especially for those heathens who prefer later editions over the masterpiece of 1981.
Top Secret – One of my big high school games, it played mostly as Commando the RPG more than James Bond, but it was awesome, it was fun, and it involved LOTS of guns.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness – Another high school game of mine. Lots of mutant animals in a semi post-apocalyptic America. Guns, mutants, ninja craziness, and flipped out octopi.
Vampire the Masquerade – Even more than Cyberpunk, this was a turning point game in the 90’s. It changed the gaming groups, it changed gaming. I freakin’ love it in all it’s incarnations and ran multiple simultaneous chronicles for years.
Villains & Vigilantes – The last of my high school games, I actually ran this in 40 minute sessions during lunch at school 3 days a week for 2 years. Quick little violent super hero scenes of awesomeness.