Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Classic Microgames Museum

While it hasn't been updated since 2002, The Classic Microgames Museum is a Wunderkammer of gaming from the 1970s and 1980s. The site includes cover scans of games from Metagaming, Steve Jackson Games, TSR, and Task Force Games, among others. There are some personal favorites here, including Intruder, probably the solo game I played the most as a kid having become obsessed with the film Alien. (My older brother snuck me in to see it by telling the lady a the ticket counter that I was an orphan and he was indeed my legal guardian.) Others that I spent hours poring over were Swordquest and Valkenburg Castle. The fold-up maps that came with these games were terrific and inspired my own for D&D campaigns.

The other game that I recall fondly and have since found on eBay is the mostly impenetrable and seemingly unplayable oddity Demons, in which players are magicians who battle each other by way of conjuring demons. Much of the game is inspired by an actual magical grimoire The Lesser Key of Solomon or the Lemegeton, a medieval text that purports to contain the formula for calling forth demons. The rules contain a nice "Historical Notes" section and even offers players a text of the actual conjuration if they send a SASE to the game company. Actually trying to play the game was a different matter, but the game pieces and map are a pleasure to look at again.

What were some of your favorites?


47th Problem of Euclid said...

King of the Table Top, which appeared in Dragon magazine. The pace is driven by drawing cards. After the first pass through the deck, the "Historian" card is shuffled into the deck. When someone draws the "Historian" card, the game is over. The Historian at that moment writes the history of the epoch, and whoever has the most territory at that point is the winner.

Anonymous said...

The Creature that ate Sheboygan!!!


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