2017-09-13 01:31:57 UTC
Here are the 25 games originally nominated in ââ97, in alphabetical order:
Caesar & Cleopatra
Halunken & Spelunken
Take It Easy
The Settlers of Catan Cardgame
Tigris & Euphrates
Titan: the Arena
One 1997 title missing from that list is For Sale. Donât bother seconding it, because Iâm going to do it. Makes you wonder what we were smoking back then, leaving off perhaps the greatest filler of all time. We also have the original version of Fresh Fish and Iâm going to second that as well.
So that gives us 27 games. Feel free to nominate others, but keep in mind that the old MCA lists and the Geekâs reckoning arenât always in agreement. For example, the Geek shows both GIPF and Zum Kuckuck (aka Turn the Tide) as â97 games, but those games were nominated in 1998 and 1996, respectively. Iâd just as soon keep them in those years, but if that messes up your record-keeping too much, we can also include them in â97. Thereâs also the issue of what to do with the Dirk Hann games from that year. Back then, Henn self-published most of his games, only to have them be republished (usually by Queen) in much better known versions. So in 1997, Henn released Texas and Iron Horse through his db-Spiele company. These were re-released as Rosenkonig in â99 and Metro in 2000 (the latter being an MCA nominee). Another example is the 1997 MCA-winning Showmanager, which is a redesign of Premiere, which Henn self-published the year before. My point is that we tended to honor the more widely available re-releases of Hennâs games back then, so you may want to keep that in mind before nominating Rosenkonig or Metro for 1997. But as usual, the final choice is yours.
Make any nominations and seconds that you want for the next couple of days. The vote will begin on Thursday. Iâll let it run until next Monday and then weâll announce the results. Iâm very interested to see how things might have changed over the last 20 years!