Glad its working for you sgifanatic. Now that I have reopened that part of the brain I can remember quite a few games that could be run from workbench, so forget what I said in previous post. Also probably best to keep away from the phrase 'kicked' which I used incorrectly, they are just 'kickstart'/'kick' disks! (amiga fans might enter Guru Meditation
using the phrase 'kicked'
Wihtout a HD, Amiga's are only really useful for games without masses of disk swapping/juggling (although I survived using emacs without a HDD for about 1.5 years!), with a HDD there are quite a few applications for the amiga which become practical/usable... AmosPro, highsoft c++, Storm C, deluxe paint (DP3 was shipped with most amiga's from 500+/600 onwards) and even Lightwave3D! I also rememebr a 3d package called Imagine 2.0 which was my first real foray into 3D modeling (I am now a CAD developer!)... quite amazing what you could do with 7.6 Mhz and a home TV!.
You don't need a HDD for most of them, but you may end up with piles of ordered disks laying around your desk/floor for repeated insertion and then ejection! StormC was 6 disks, Hisoftc++ was 7 disks... still, a game called 'Beneath a Steel Sky' for the AGA amiga's was 15 disks! so you saved a lot of time by installing it on a HDD! I'm sure there were many others.
P.S You have an OCS chipset in the 500 for future reference of getting any more games/programs. 1MB ram upgrade would be recommended if you can find one cheap enough, but the A600 has 1MB anyway and is ECS chipset, the A1200 is AGA chipset and comes with a HD iirc (20MB or so).. A1200 was definately the best for the money.