I am surprised I didn't see this one before hand, but there is a new Blogfest out there and I am a sucker for these things.
It's All Fun and Games hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
I guess since we all talk about our favorite games anyway this is lest of a fest and more of a "Monday".
But anyway here we go!
1. Dungeons and Dragons: D&D is the 800-lb gorilla in the game world for a reason. It provides what is to many the ultimate experience in a table top RPG. I started playing this game back in 1979 and I still play it today. I enjoy all the editions, warts and all, and it is still the game I enjoy coming back too the most.
Not much more I can say about this one really. It has kept me entertained for over 30 years now.
WC paved the way for so many other games for me, not just in terms of playing but in writing. If it were not for WC then we would not have had Buffy, Angel or Army of Darkness. Conspiracy X would have remained in the it's original system. There would be no Terra Primate or All Flesh Must Be Eaten and certainly there would be no Ghosts of Albion.
The cover also is one of my all time favorite bits of artwork for a RPG cover ever.
If you have not discovered this game, then I suggest you get a copy now.
It is 100% free at http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=692&affiliate_id=10748
3. Chill. If D&D was my first and WitchCraft is my current favorite horror game, then a special place must left in my heart for Chill. Chill is a horror game of normal people in an abnormal world. It's not as dark as say Kult or as dangerous as Call of Cthulhu and character never get to the levels of WitchCraft, but it was a perfect game for the time I was playing it (the early to mid 80s).
Chill, either 1st ed or 2nd ed, doesn't hold up as well in today's world where characters have as much firepower as the monster they hunt (or even are the monsters), but back in the 80s it was a huge shift in my understanding of how games could be played. Traveller also represented such a shift for me and it almost made the #3 slot here. I also have a big post coming up about Traveller here in the near future, so it will get some love.
You can get the 2nd Edition (Mayfair version) of Chill from DriveThruRPG:
That is my Top 3. I have played scores of RPGs and own or owned many more I haven't played. And that is not even talking about other games I like such as Dungeon! or even other board and card games.