Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lucky Sevens

OK, I'll play too...

The first part of this is actually very difficult. The top seven games I've played the most? Have I even played any one of seven different games more than any other besides D&D? I played in a single Champions campaign that I was in for three and a half years almost. Does that count?

I've played a lot of D&D 'cause, unfortunately for me, that's what most people run. I've hardly ever gotten to play the games I love like Star Trek, Star Wars, Traveller, Mekton, Teenagers from Outer Space, Faery's Tale Deluxe, InSpectres, Toon, Paranoia, etc. Some of them I've never played. 

As I've said many times before, I don't actually like to play very much. Boy this is hard.

OK, here goes...from most times to least times:

1. D&D ( TSR - Mostly AD&D 1st)
2. Traveller (GDW - Classic)
3. Star Trek (FASA)
4. Champions (Various - Mostly 3E and 4E - A lot of one campaign really)
5. Mekton (R. Talsorian Games - Sort of. We rotated GMs but I was the main one)

That's really it. Everything else were games I played maybe one or two times each. There are dozens of those but none more than any other.


Now games I've run..easy peasy:

I've flown this so often I should get frequent flyer miles on the Starship Enterprise.
1. Star Trek (FASA - But also Last Unicorn Games' ICON System)
2. Champions (4E)
3. Star Wars (West End Games - D6)
4. Traveller (GDW - Classic and MegaTraveller)
5. Mutants & Masterminds (Green Ronin - All Editions including DC Adventures)
6. Dungeons & Dragons (TSR/WotC - Mostly AD&D 1E, 3E, 3.5 and my homebrew version)
7. Mekton ((R. Talsorian Games - 1E through Zeta)

In my 35 years in the hobby (celebrated this past August) I have probably run thousands of sessions of hundreds of different games. Other games I have run A LOT of include Villains & Vigilantes (FGU), Star Frontiers (TSR), DC Heroes (Mayfair Games), Teenagers from Outer Space (R. Talsorian Games) and possibly Shadowrun (FASA - 1E and 2E).

The gaming dynamic I experienced throughout most of my life goes something like this...

Me: I want to play something. Except D&D.

Every GM I met: Cool! We're running D&D.

Me: Drat.


Me: I want to run something. Except D&D.

Every Player I met: Cool! Can you run any game that isn't D&D 'cause that's all anyone runs?

Me. Yes.

Lots of people applauding while I facepalm.

Barking Alien


  1. I like, approve, and endorse every one of these - and overlap with quite a few, except for Mekton. That was one game I really liked, from presentation to mechanics, that I could never get anyone else to play, even my alleged anime-lovers. For some reason they just would not bite. Zeta sat on my shelves for a decade and I finally sold it off in a move (yes I do occasionally get rid of games - just not very often). If I came across a copy in the used bookstore now I would pick it up just for old times sake, but I'd say my chances of running it aren't a whole lot better now than they were then.

    1. That's unfortunate Blacksteel. :(

      We played it quite often when it first came out and then every once in a while, usually after some epic campaign or other ended, we would be like, "What can we run next that's a little different?" BAM! Mekton campaign.

      The Mekton campaigns were always a bit shorter than our other ongoing games but it totally fit into the style of Japanese Anime OVAs or one season TV shows.