Science Fiction Hobby Games serves as a history and guide to tabletop gaming franchises set in
original science-fictional milieux. Its subject is the pen and paper role playing games and model and
counter based wargames that preceded modern videogames and still evolve alongside them, as well as the
gamebooks, board games, card games and postal games that are their less famous cousins. Included are
detailed critical overviews of more than a hundred fantastical universes published between 1969 and 2013,
along with essays on popular types of tabletop game and the natures of their settings and stories.
Throughout, sf games are treated as an integral part of the long history of science fiction, and as a new
way of enabling its explorations of the future and other worlds.
Based on the author's contributions to the Hugo Award winning third edition of the Clute and Nicholls
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, this book contains an extra 20,000 words on additional games and
other topics, specially written for this new version of the text.
"An astounding survey... not just a history of the field, but an exhaustive review and analysis of
all the most important games... The stories about the games are fascinating, as is the careful
thought about why they work (and in some cases, why they don't)."
– Jared Shurin, pornokitsch.com
"Neal has done a very credible job, and anyone who found Shannon Appelcline’s Designers
and Dragons (which is named in the bibliography of this book) of interest should put a copy of
this book right next to it."
– Jeff Zeitlin, Freelance Traveller
"It’s all highly detailed and, as far as I could tell, incredibly accurate... This functions as a
fabulous try before you buy buffet of new/old games."
– Baz King, ukroleplayers.com
"The analysis and history of each game that is listed is wonderful, and deep enough for the serious
researcher while light enough for the casual reader. The section on Aftermath! alone is worth the
price of admission."
– Chris Garcia, Amazing Stories
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9576578-4-7
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9576578-0-9
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-9576578-1-6
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