RPGamer’s RPGs of the Decade: Introduction
Strangely enough, it’s been a little over ten years since we last did an end of decade feature, and there have been lots of massive changes across both the site and the RPG landscape. For one, we at last have a completely different site, but the sheer number of top quality RPGs has increased almost exponentially in that time frame. It has been a absolute pleasure to be able to cover as many of them as we could.
For our extravaganza to celebrate our favourite games of those last ten years, and have a week’s worth of posts to excite you all in what it is probably our biggest combined feature to date, featuring two posting groups. The first group is a series of posts from a large selection of our individual staff members who have chosen up to ten releases that they to share their love of. Unlike our regular wards, we’ve given a bit more leeway in the game selections, so each member can select or even group titles together as they wish, and as expected (and indeed hoped for) these have led to a wide variety of selections as each shows their differing tastes and gaming habits. We’ll be posting a selection of these every day.
The second part will give the results of our massive staff-wide vote to select what we collectively thought were the best games of the decade. To start this off, we undertook an initial nomination periods, which was determined by the winner of our awards from those past years, with that group supplemented by a number of wildcards that may have been missed out for any reason. As for our regular awards, ports, enhanced remasters, and the like were not included in the eligible list of games. This gave us a still impressively list of a little over 100 titles to choose from. We’ve narrowed that down to three groups — those falling in a group ranked 50 to 26, another group for 25 to 11, and our ordered top ten — and we will be revealing those at different points in the week. Our full schedule of posts, and links all of the posts published so far can be found below.
We very hope you enjoy reading about our favourite RPGs of the previous decade. We invite all of our readers let us know your favourite titles from the last ten years, either by commenting here or on social media, as well as on our official Discord server.
Saturday, April 18
Michael Apps’ RPGs of the Decade
Ryan McCarthy’s RPGs of the Decade
Zack Webster’s RPGs of the Decade
RPGamer’s RPGs of the Decade: 50-26
Sunday, April 19
Mike Moehnke’s RPGs of the Decade
Pascal Tekaia’s RPGs of the Decade
Cassandra Ramos’ RPGs of the Decade
Sarah McGarr’s RPGs (and Kirby games) of the Decade
Monday, April 20
Alex Fuller’s RPGs of the Decade
Joshua Carpenter’s RPGs of the Decade
Matt Masem’s RPGs of the Decade
RPGamer’s RPGs of the Decade: 25-11
Tuesday, April 21
Kelley Ryan’s RPGs of the Decade
Ryan Radcliff’s RPGs of the Decade
Erik van Asselt’s RPGs of the Decade
Robert Sinclair’s RPGs of the Decade
Phil Willis’ RPGs of the Decade
Wednesday, April 22
Sam Wachter’s RPGs of the Decade
Elmon Dean Todd’s RPGs of the Decade
Mark McLaughlin’s RPGs of the Decade
RPGamer’s RPGs of the Decade: Top 10
Given that it covers the majority of his time here, we must give one more celebration of a our dearly departed friend Michael A. Cunningham. Mac started at RPGamer in 2006 and would go on to become the long-running Editor-in-Chief, helming the site for the vast majority of the decade. While Mac loved RPGs, he especially loved handheld games, founding the #TeamHandheld hashtag as well as running a personal project site featuring his musings on portable games. Mac left his mark not just on RPGamer, but in the wider community as a whole, as testified to by the outpouring of messages upon his passing and reminders of him that we see to this day. We hope this feature goes someway to continuing the infectious enthusiasm he always had for gaming.