Most of my friends and close family members know that I’m a tabletop game junkie. I’ve always enjoyed playing games like backgammon, rummy, and Magic the Gathering and never much cared whether I won or lost. My enjoyment came from spending time with others and sharing an experience. Tabletop gaming has grown over the years into something very different from the board games of my youth like Monopoly, Sorry, Payday, and Life. Now there are so many different types of games that everyone can find something that keeps them coming back to the table, even if they’re the only one playing.
I stumbled upon modern tabletop gaming while cruising around on YouTube. There I found a show called, appropriately, TableTop. (Here’s a link to one of the shows that inspired me to get the game being played: https://youtu.be/qHmf1bau9xQ?list=PL0Y9n5uBJuXxjSe6lJEHRZICCHym3e-aS) I binged for hours while making lists of games to buy, many of which have become family favorites. I wrangled my son into watching with me and he immediately became a huge Wil Wheaton fan and we’ve watched just about every episode together, along with an RPG show he created and GM’d. But back to gaming…
My interest in tabletop games has grown into a monthly gaming group and I’ve successfully gotten a few other folks hooked, as well. I feel pretty good about this! While many of the games can be expensive (see Mansions of Madness or The Fury of Dracula) and take hours to read the rules and learn to play, loads are affordable and easy to learn. There’s also a huge online community of gamers just waiting to help others learn and find a perfect game.
In celebration of International Tabletop Day, I want to spread the love. According to the Geek & Sundry post that I nabbed the image from, this year’s theme is focusing on how tabletop gaming has changed our lives. Personally, it’s brought me closer to some of my friends and it’s given my wife, son, and I a new way to bond and spend quality time together. Now I want to give someone else the opportunity to discover the happiness that gaming can inspire.
Simply leave a comment on this post on or before April 23rd letting me know what the last game you played was. If you’ve never played a tabletop game or it’s been so long that you can’t remember, let me know that. I’ll pick someone and send a new game that should arrive in time to play on ITD.
To steal the line Wheaton uses to close his show, play more games!