We got together with the super awesome folks of Ballista Games to bring International TableTop Day to Cebu City! This is the first time Tabletop day is being celebrated in our island under the sun. Since the board game events that we host have always been themed, we decided to make TT Day a day to celebrate Medieval and Fantasy-themed board games.
International Tabletop Day - Gold Coast, Australia
It was going to be tricky - how were we to fit in a day of awesome Tabletop gaming AND a pop culture convention at the same time?
Thankfully, some lovely people set up a Tabletop gaming stall at Supanova exactly for this dilemma.
Instead of partaking at their stall, we headed back to our hotel for a number of rounds of Cards Against Humanity - the Bigger, Blacker Box (base set, 4 expansions and the Box expansion).
Whilst we didn’t get too many pics of our horrible CAH choices (including some pearlers from the 12 and 16 year-olds staying with us…we are SO going to hell on the bullet train for introducing them to this game), we still had plenty of fun!
A week after the hugely successful, partly devoted to gaming, LuxCon, a group of gamers gathered in the small town of Syren, home fo one of the gaming clubs. Around 30 people in total partook in the vast offering of games available, talked, laughed and generally had a great time with games.
Among the games played were: Smallworld, Rampage, Wrath of Ashardalon, Gloom, Grave Robbers from Outer Space, HeroQuest, Munchkin Quest, Cate Panic, Coup, and Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures.
Early in the afternoon.
Wrath of Ashardalon in progress.
One of the reasons why the ‘Panic’ in the title is deserved.
Relief after we beat Castle Panic.
The City before…
… and after the monsters had a go at it.
Deep inside a game of Chicago Gangsters
Trying to get our heads around Grave Robbers From Outer Space.
Gloom clearly needs the gestures to be fully appreciated.
I’ve been the gaming geek my entire life. Three friends of mine & I have gamed basically every single week since we were in
A computer gamer from back when a 286 with Power Menu was state of the art, I was hooked on great games (mostly Sierra’s) from youth. From there my uncle introduced me to D&D, got a group together in early High School, we still game weekly to this day over 20 years later.
We found Magic: The Gathering as 4th Ed came out. Never having much money, I didn’t stay with it for too long, especially with my rotten booster draw luck. Games Workshop took a lot of our funds already between 40K, Blood Bowl & Necromunda. But it was a few years back and two other friends of mine simply changed my life, ramping up the gaming level to 11.
I played RoboRally. That was the first domino to fall. Then I got introduced to Carcassone, Ticket to Ride, Totally Renamed Spy Game, Pandemic, Werewolf, Battlestar Galactica and more. It was an avalanche and I was caught up in it and loving it as it swept me along to awesomeness.
I was lucky to watch the first episode of Tabletop the day it went up. Giddily, I told my friend about it, by sheer coincidence, he’d picked up Smallworld that week without knowing anything about the show. After about 3 rewatchings of the ep, I basically could play the game on the first try with barely an additional rule explained to me. I found a local board game group (well, still an hour’s drive away) then PAX came to Australia. My collection of new games kept growing and I was bringing more and more friends into the ‘fold’.
Then International Tabletop Day was announced and I jumped on board. I think we were actually the only event in Melbourne. My partner Jess, took a whole heap of footage and uploaded it, we were running a kind of pre-show to the USA. 3am local time and a handful of us are still up as Amy popped up on screen with the Livestream. We watched through Takenoko then finally succumbed to sleep.
Since then, we’ve had a half dozen other events of massive Tabletop Game days. Each one getting bigger than the last. 30-40 people turn up at our house with the 7 tables we have set up & everyone has a brilliant time. Some are hardcore gamers, some social, some just new & looking to learn. Friends have brought their friends, we’ve set up a little community where a retail store just isn’t about to visit & play in.
This Tabletop Day was no exception. Though this time, I hired a bear costume minus the head, bought an Owl mask off Ebay, painted to match & set up a Twitter for a laugh. Oh boy, what a result! J
More games will be played and more massive days ahead. I’m backing Season 3 next week when I get paid next, I NEED those dvds & can’t wait for the new season to begin!
I found a trophy at goodwill then added some gaming details. During our game nights I write with winners name on my personal trophy of awesome and they get their picture taken. I take back the trophy but they get to keep the piece of paper. A little bit of Tabletop brought to my game group.
Last Night on Earth! (Command Combat Battle Reports)
I’ve always been a huge gaming fan, and of course I’ve been watching Tabletop since it’s been on. I have my own channel that’s dedicated mostly to war gaming, but it also has some other conflict-type games as well, such as Last Night on Earth, seen here.
International Tabletop Day let me play a game I’ve been wanting to play for quite some time. Super Dungeon Explore. The Miniatures you see before you are the brave Heroes who ventured into the Dungeons below. I managed to Knock out the Druid/Angry Bear, and the Nyan Nyan characters, but they manage to revive Nyan Nyan.
The game took about 2 hours to play. Was doing my best as the Council to destroy the heroes, but they manage to pull the victory out alive. This was a fun game to play. I personally would like to play more of it.
I enjoyed International Tabletop day for allowing me to play this game with a few of my friends and those who participated in playing this game with me.
On a side note, I do wish to see this be played on Tabletop itself and see if Wil and his friends can survive the Chibi ordeal that lays before him. But that’s wishful thinking on my part. ^_^.
Last year for TableTopDay, I hosted an event at my house and invited all of my friends. We had a big enough turnout that I decided that this year I needed to step up my game a bit. I reserved a room at the local library and went public with it.
So after spending the morning packing and transporting my games, rearranging the room, and getting settled in, I sat back and waited for interested faces to come in and try out some new games. I was anxious to take my love of board games and share it with a new audience.
I don’t know if it was timing, location, competition, or fate, but I had no interest at all for the breadth of the morning. As the afternoon approached, my wife and a couple of friends showed up to support me. We started off with a game of Zombie Dice (no photo available) in which a friend of mine put me to shame and nearly shut me out entirely.
We followed that up with a game of Fluxx with my son. It was a pretty smooth game with some very interesting rules combinations on the board. Inevitably, and unexpectedly, I won when my son was forced to play a new goal that matched my keepers exactly.
We then coaxed my wife into joining us in a game of Takenoko. It was a very slow building game with all of us wondering if anyone would ever score any goals. All of a sudden, goal cards started hitting the table in rapid succession and the game ended with one player well out in front.
While powering through our marathon game of Takenoko, another friend showed up. So while my wife went off to grab us all some lunch, the rest of us continued our Asian theme with a round of Tsuro. For the first time since buying the game, we had a tie. Two players were eliminated about mid game, and the last two of us collided and for a tied victory with only two tiles left in the stack.
We wrapped up the day with a game of Qwirlke (no photo available) in which I won by an epic landslide, scoring no less than 4 Qwirkles and having nearly double the next highest score.
Yes, there was minimal attendance, and the public room was completely unnecessary, but the five of us played plenty of game games and generally had a good time. I enjoyed the space, and loved the exposure, but need to figure out how to drum up more attendance next year if I decide to do a public event again. Nevertheless we did the one thing TableTopDay is intended for… We Played More Games!
My four year old son who was recently diagnosed as autistic (with speech and social issues)brought out his copy of Chutes and Ladders to celebrate International Tabletop Day… He may have had trouble keeping the pieces on the board but he did really good turn taking and we had a ball! Thanks to the whole crew at TableTop for being so amazing and helping me and my family connect.
April 5th was Kennedy (obscurejones) and I’s four year anniversary - and very fittingly, Tabletop day! We had a whole day planned out until I got an email from Gnome Games in Green Bay that there would be a King of Tokyo tournament. Ever since I’ve known about Space Penguin I knew it had to be mine! So we rearranged our plans a bit so we could attend the tournament and both try to win the coveted flightless space bird for our collection.
We played lots and lots of King of Tokyo and I even made it to the final table! There were lots of friends and strangers there playing demos, and tournaments, and generally having a great time. I didn’t win the tournament, but left the table happy with some swag nonetheless.
We were playing Smash-Up when Pat, the owner, gathered everyone around, for what I thought would be a drawing. They asked for me by name and, “Hey, I won something cool!” I thought. They had taken their giant chess set and arranged it around a chair that they asked me to sit down in.
Confused and anxious I look at Kennedy see the look on his face and I realize… Oh holy carp!… this is IT! It all becomes a blur after that, next thing I know he’s on one knee and I’m saying YES! Everyone claps and we hug and I cry and cry. It was a perfect moment.
It was the perfect day.
BIG Thanks to: Gnome Games - Green Bay East, Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day and all the folks at Geek and Sundry for giving my fiance the perfect way to propose and giving the world a day to come together and play.
Held at a very gracious local coffee house, Cups, the meetup was well attended and went very well. We had about 20 gamers tthroughoutthe day with games running constantly. Small World was first, and also played were Alien Frontiers, Thunderstone epic mode, Star Realms, Cards Against Humanity, Coup, Saboteur, and Lords of Waterdeep+Skullport to finish the day. Everyone who came said they’d love it to be a regular thing, so we will probably be trying a monthly or bi-monthly meetup at the same location in the future.
International TableTop Day 2014 with over 700 games to choose from!
Hi, my name is Amanda and I’m addicted to Table Top Games.
Here I am with one of the owners of Game Haus Cafe in front of ONE of the walls full of table top games!!! Over 700 games of fun to choose from!
Our favorite game at the Game Häus Cafe for International Table Top day!! Of course we had to get our usual drink for fuel, the yummy Roca Mocha, and a slice of apple pie to share!
I printed out a free #TableTop Trophy for the winner to pose with. First game of International Table Top Day was Munchkin Quest. And I won! I am sitting in my friend’s seat because the light was better. I’m the red player. We had a couple of big monsters in the same room following us around until Ruby decided to take them on! 3 monsters at once! She’s brave!
Game #2 was a very cute game of Leaping Lemmings!! I’m the blue biker Lemmings. And Ruby is the Yellow. I thought I was done for because Ruby the Eagle, that’s right one of the eagles was named Ruby, kept eating my lemmings!! But I won in the end 24:20 points.
We decided on a fast game for #3, Skyline. It’s a fun quick dice rolling game where you build skyscrapers. Mine is the one at the bottom. I may not have built as many skyscrapers but I had 2 of the tallest and so I won!
#4 is Metro! It’s like a mix of Tsuro and Ticket to Ride. It’s fun but harder because you have to follow the arrows on the tiles. Ruby is ruthless. She kept closing my stations and not allowing me to get many points. But in the end she helped me out with a really long line without even realizing it! I’m blue and she’s yellow. I won by 1 point!
I have to say I’m so thankful to find the perfect gaming partner. Ruby loves to try new games and is ok with me messing up the rules on the first few tries. She is ok with losing but we do help each other out while at the same time cursing each other for their luck and ruthlessness! hehe
We had to end the day with Takenoko!!! This is our favorite game! And I’m very happy to say, Ruby Won!!! Yea!
We had to do a speedy game because she had to get home soon so we only played until 6 cards not 9 done and all the decisions had to be done fast. She even started her next turn before I was done with mine! Because she won, now she wants to play all the games fast. No!!! LOL
It was a very fun day! Thank you Ruby! Thank you Geek & Sundry, Wil Wheaton, and Ms. Day for opening up my world of board games!
We hosted an all-day boardgaming event at our house in honor of Tabletop Day. It was also the inauguration of our redone basement. It had been destroyed due to flooding, so when we renovated it, we decided it needed to be a game room. We had around 16 people here and played from noon to 2am. So much fun!!!
Not related to tabletop day but tonight Nathan, Our ‘Becca and I had a game of Elder Sign. There would normally be photos but we played on the sitting room floor which was in dire need of a vacuum so, nope! Despite facing up to Great Cthulhu himself and the handicap he gives we tweaked his nose, spanked his behind and disparaged his mother. So if I disappear overnight…