International TableTop Day!

Like games?

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:

Awwww, yeah.

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?

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About Dayton Ward

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11 Responses to International TableTop Day!

  1. In addition to Star Fluxx, we’ve got Monty Python Fluxx, Zombie Fluxx, and Eco Fluxx. We still want Cthulhu Fluxx and Mars Fluxx. Great fun.

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  2. liquidcross says:

    I’ll be partaking. My D&D group just happens to be meeting that night, but I’m going to try to get some other games in during the day.

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    • Dayton Ward says:

      The day might just end up being a series of “lightning round” games…some with my kids, maybe one with them and the Mrs, and hopefully out to my local comic shop to get in on the “high stakes action.” 😉

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      • liquidcross says:

        Crush those nerds! Our LCS doesn’t have a gaming section…but the massive hobby store down the street sure does. And, of course, the gaming tables are in the basement.

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        • Dayton Ward says:

          My LCS is in its own standalone building, and close to half the square footage is a dedicated gaming space. Separate room, separate entrance from the street, etc. There’s a core group of gamers, but they’re pretty much open to anyone any day of the week. Different “themes” and the occasional tournament depending on the day, and Sunday is an “open gaming” day where anybody can bring anything. They also have a sizable assortment of games for sale, and the staff is knowledgeable about pretty much everything on the shelf.

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        • liquidcross says:

          That’s awesome! Our LCS is just too small for that sort of thing, but that gives them all the more reason to focus on comics and collectibles. The hobby store down the street has a pretty large gaming retail area, and like your shop, the staff there all know their shit. They’ve got weekly/monthly tournaments and stuff for a variety of games, but there’s plenty of open tables for random gameplay, too.

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        • Dayton Ward says:

          I’m guessing “any day” is open game day if space is available, which there usually is. I’m not sure if they’ve designated a few tables of random/open gaming, but I wouldn’t doubt it. They’re pretty welcoming when it comes to that sort of thing.

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        • liquidcross says:

          I can only image they’ll push that even further on the 30th. I don’t know if our hobby shop is doing anything special, but I’d imagine something will be posted eventually; this thing was only announced a few days ago. I’ve got a linen closet full of games, so I just need to figure out which ones to bring with me!

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        • Dayton Ward says:

          Yeah. I kind of want to go old-school for this. 🙂

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