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Hobby Games: The 100 Best by James Lowder

Hobby Games: The 100 Best

by James Lowder

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I went into this hoping it would be comprised of descriptions of why the contributors love these games, but too often they're straight-up descriptions that are no different from box copy or reading the manual. Disappointing - but more of a problem with me than with the text. RPGs, miniatures, wargames, and board games are all covered. ( )
  domolyte | Apr 1, 2011 |
Very interesting mix of essays on games. There's some really good essays in this collection. The slightly low rating is that many are a bit repetitive and tend to describe the mechanics of games rather than what made the games enjoyable. I think this is an excellent book to own and read through the essays slowly here and there as a game catches your interest.

Scott's Haring essay on Illuminati is a great example of one that captured the spirit and what made the game great.

That being said, I'm likely to re-read this one before I return it to the library, taking better notes on games I want to play.

(just in case any read this and are board gamers, you can find me as jtgorman at http://boardgamegeek.com) ( )
  JonathanGorman | Nov 1, 2009 |
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