Yes, computer games are cool. Going on quests or undertaking hazardous combat missions as you join forces in real time with other players through the wonders of the internet can be fun, but that’s not we’re talking about here.
Nope. Instead, we’re gabbing about tabletop games. Board games, pen and paper role-playing games, card games, dice games, or any combination of the above. It’s with games like these that you gather with family or close friends (or maybe you meet new friends) and enjoy that seemingly dwindling treasure: actual human interaction…hopefully while sinking battleships or killing zombies or slaying dragons or whatever.
With that in mind, the wonderful folks at Geek & Sundry have set into motion a fun bit of gaming geekery:
As posted on the TableTop Day site:
“On March 30th, 2013, premium YouTube channel Geek & Sundry (The Guild, TableTop, Written By A Kid) asks all of our fans to go to their friendly local game store, community center, or host an event at home and play more games. International TableTop Day is a reminder to spend more time and strengthen the bonds with the people who matter most, our friends and family, by playing games together. Tabletop gaming promotes many positive social and cognitive benefits like increased communication, team work, planning, and is an excellent stress relieving activity for all ages.”
If you’re into these sorts of games and you’ve not yet watched Wil Wheaton’s TableTop, you should give it a look. In a nutshell, Wil invites a few of his friends to join him as they play some kind of…well…tabletop game. One week it’s a board game, the next a card game, and so on. Most of the games are of the sort which can be played in a relatively short amount of time, and feature rules of play which aren’t that complicated. Part of the fun of each show is the interaction of Wheaton and his friends, who vary from show to show. It’s a fun way to learn about a new game. Thanks to TableTop, I discovered Star Fluxx, a fun card game that has earned a place in my travel bag for cons.
So, hey! Thanks, Wil.
As for International TableTop Day? I’ve already approached one local comic shop with a great dedicated gaming space about possibly hosting an event. If that doesn’t work out, Kevin and I also are making noises about hosting some kind of private event. What will we play? The aforementioned Star Fluxx? What about Redshirts or Grave Robbers from Outer Space or Zombies!!! Should we go old-school, 80s style, and bust out such classics as Gammarauders, or Shogun or OG Axis & Allies? Lots of choices, by golly.
Anybody else hear about this? Stores, community centers, libraries, etc. who decide to host an event are eligible to earn themselves some cool goodies if they register with the Tabletop Day website. This also is true for individuals looking to host a “private event” at their home or some other location they wish to protect from hordes of amped-up gamers. So, be sure to check out the site for details.
So, is anyone planning on hosting or attending an event? Anybody in the Kansas City area who might be interested in a meet-up/game-up? Hmmmmm?