This grand project is an attempt to list every microgame (also called minigames,
pocket games, and so on) ever published, any series these games were part
of, related magazines, and the companies that did the publishing. In time
this list may grow to include other types of data, but this is certainly
a good start.
Right now this is a static list, but in time many of the listings below will
acquire www links to other documents that are part of this Microgame Headquarters
web page, as well as distant sites.
The thorniest problem in the development of this list is deciding what is
a microgame, and what is not. We've been unable to find a rigid
definition--inevitably there will be at least one game that breaks the "rule."
The deciding factors all relate to low overhead, both in learning the game,
playing it, and time & table space requirements.
And cost. That is the one aspect where we're not compromising. Most of these
games were introduced to the hobby around 1980 priced between $3 and $6 (we're
letting the ones at $7-8 squeak in, too). Adjusting for a decade and a half
of inflation, plus the even faster rising costs of paper products, a modern
microgame ought to be less than $15.
Roleplaying games and card games are not included. You can argue that they
should be treated similar to micro wargames, in which case I'll invite
you to host them on your web page! :-) Don't take offense--I mean
that in the best possible way. I also enjoy those games, but wish to keep
them separate from this list. The only exceptions are those roleplaying games
that have exceptionally close ties to microgames, i.e. The Fantasy Trip.
Magazine games are another judgement call. We've opted to include only the
smallest magazine games, principally the infrequent games found in The Dragon,
Space Gamer, Fantasy Gamer magazines. Of the various game-in-every-issue
magazines, for instance Strategy & Tactics, Command, and Ares, those
games were considered too "big" in one form or another (including cost,
remember?). The only magazine of this type included here is Gamefix/Competitive
Edge. (I'll still include a single link for the other game-in-magazines and
possibly a concise listing.)
If you care to take issue with some of these inclusions and exclusions, we'd
love to talk about it on the mailing list!