My sister and I always loved tabletop gaming growing up, and recently she made friends with some other game lovers who taught her a ton of new games. Around the same time, Tabletop started and I was watching it and buying tons of the games to play with friends between classes at university.
Once my sister moved back to the country we started introducing more people to these games. Last weekend we busted out Pandemic and Dixit to play with our mother and grandmother, and this weekend we played again. We beat Pandemic, and then played a quick game of Dixit. I was unable to beat my mum who was convinced she was going to lose, and then my sister bombed my picture.
In a far away kingdom, a young man received a gift at his 18th birthday. This was no ordinary gift - not a gold statue or prized stallion, for after all, what nobility didn’t have at least ten of those lying around? No, this gift was far greater…the gift to tell a story…
Eagerly employing his younger sister, the young man set to work. The first story was of the young princess Feffy, daughter of King Hasenfeffer and Queen Fefferhasen, who was kept safe from the fall of her kingdom by a kind guard who hid her in a tower in the woods, where she was fond of making clothes of wool and jewels. At the insistence of her living tools, she left her home and found her savage young brother (Prince Haaaaaaaaa…) who had not been so lucky, having gone mad and turning the trees into face-trees. Just as he was about to kill his sister, a handsome prince saved her. He was nameless, because he contributed nothing to the story save a kiss, which broke the enchantment placed on Feffy’s brother. So really, he’s kind of important, but more like Snow White’s prince important.
Then came the story of a lovable but slightly goofy king who was turned into a frog by mischievous fairies who wished to turn his kingdom to ruins. His spunky, red-headed daughter tried to save her father, but was ultimately unsuccessful because her spunkiness ran out at an inopportune time. But she managed to befriend a dragon, who saved the princess and her father by casting the evil fairies and their witch queen out of the ruined kingdom. Though the fairies tried to fight back by killing the frog king in their bubbling cauldron, the dragon arrived just in time to set fire to them so they crinkled and died like they’d been hit by a bug zapper. The kingdom was free of the fairy tyrants, and the frog king was restored to his former glory.
And finally, came the very sad tale of the cook Allison, who was cursed to always make living, trouble-making food whenever she cooked, and her daughter, who was also cursed to always fall in love with whomever she met, and forget everything about them the next day. This was all due to a horrible fairy godmother, who enjoyed causing trouble wherever she went, though we admit her curses didn’t have consistent quality to them. In any case, both the daughter and the mother went on separate quests to save themselves from their curses, but the fairy godmother trapped them in a set of caves, illusioned them with horrible images, until they finally escaped the awful place and went home, to live with their troubles.
The young man and his sister had a wonderful time telling these stories, and to this day cannot wait to play again!
There is a very fun game called Target. It is published by a company called Closet Nerd. It is a game based in the Cold War that I think would do incredibly well on tabletop. The only part I can think of that might be harder for the show is that you normally play with the maximum amount of players for the game; This game is for 5-12 players. I have seen you have 5 players though on the game resistance.
My favorite game ever is RoboRally by wizards of the coast. It has a lot of strategy and even more blunders. It is one of those games that you can play with just two or even up to 16 players by combining two game sets. It comes with prearranged games based on number of players and difficulty but you can also make your own layouts. I would love to see you play it on table top. I watch every week and am a huge fan.
When I was a kid, I loved playing board games with my grandparents. Until recently, my gaming has been mostly on a console or on my computer (mainly Skyrim and a little bit of LOL). After I saw my first episode of Tabletop, and introduced it to my fiance, the following things - in no particular order - have happened:
My fiance bought me Small World for my birthday
We bought Gloom and have scared ourselves and our friends playing it, but had fun all the same
I bought Lords of Waterdeep (during the first season, so imagine my excitement when that episode airs)
He is getting me Elder Sign, with the expansion, for Christmas…I think because he had to top last Christmas when he got me a Sonic Screwdriver universal remote.
I have been introduced to Warhammer 40k, playing Necrons
We now play Dungeons & Dragons Encounters every Wednesday at our friendly local game shop.
We have already discussed what games we are going to introduce to our daughter when she gets old enough (she’s 14 mo. at this time)
I wish that I had some pictures, but I don’t. So, thank you Will Wheaton and Tabletop. You have rekindled my love of table top games, and reawakened fond memories of playing with my grandparents.
For my partner’s 31st birthday, I got him Pandemic. So as every couple in their just-beginning 30s would do, the rest of the evening was spent playing Pandemic, 2-player, at teh Introductory difficulty so that we could get used to the different roles.
The first game we were The Dispatcher and the Operations Specialist. It was close! We finally got the last cure on 7 epidemics and only 4 cards left, with a terrifying situation developing in South America.
Our second game was a complete cake walk…
In a 2 player game the Quarantine Specialist and Medic combo is a force to be reckoned with. The bugs never stood a chance. 3 diseases eradicated by the time we got the final red cure and no outbreaks at any point - we suspect that the card draw gods were smiling on us as well.
Once we’ve given all the roles a go, we’ll increase the difficulty level. And then things will get much more difficult.
I don’t have any pictures to share at the moment, but my friends and I absolutely love Tabletop. When I first discovered the show, my immediate reaction was to send two of my friends a text that said “GUYS WIL WHEATON’S HOSTING A YOUTUBE SHOW WHERE HE PLAYS BOARD GAMES WITH NERD CELEBRITIES AND HOLY COW IT’S THE BEST THING EVER!!!!” Well, that was the gist of it.
So one of my friends has gone on several buying sprees since. So far, the games he’s bought because of seeing them on TableTop include Munchkin (the base set and the first 6 expansions), Star Munchkin, Super Munchkin, The Resistance, Say Anything, Tsuro, The Forbidden Island, and King of Tokyo. He also made his own Get Bit using ordinary playing cards, a Lego shark, and four minifigs.
So thank you, Wil and everyone else involved in making TableTop awesome. You guys are great!
So, myself and a few of my friends have been doing a Pathfinder campaign since January or so, currently at level 8, every other Tuesday. At the end of the last session, we were captured and woke up without our equipment or armour in an Orc arena, which is where this week’s session began. Highlights include:
Our Druid (whose player wasn’t here) turning into a mouse and becoming the smallest Medic ever
Our Drow Fighter nearly taming a Grizzly Bear
Me elbow-dropping a Dire Bear from 15ft up, because a Gunslinger is pretty useless without his gun
A fistfight between a Barbarian and a Mimic… which was then used as an improvised weapon by the Barbarian for the rest of the fight
A grapple-fight between the aforementioned Dire Bear, our rogue, and our fighter’s lasso
A mastodon very nearly killing the strongest member of our team (the Barbarian)
Our Rogue very nearly fooling the Ogre King with rudimentary maths
And probably a lot more because my memory sucks. I love the campaign though, our GM lets a lot slide but evens it out with a lot of homebrew so it’s just the right amount of Chaotic.
Another full gaming weekend was had by up to 14 players at our house in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Every year, since 2008, a group of friends (both old and new), as well as family, gather at our place for a weekend of boardgames, RPGs and miniatures games.
Since it’s at our house, and the gamers are all somehow connected to me, it was dubbed JonCon in 2008. This was our sixth year, and for the sixth time in a row, it featured a full Turkey dinner cooked by my wife Tracey on Saturday night. Thank you dear.
Each year, we play the annual game of SPIES! on Friday night. It’s an old SPI game set in pre-world war II Europe, where you are trying to get other players secrets back to your capital, while protecting your one.
We also do up some kind of wacky t-shirt with my image on it. Originally it was a joke in 2008, with a grainy image of my shocked face taken on a cheap webcam. But now people are very excited about getting one, and they generally wear previous and current JonCon t-shirts each day of the weekend. (I’m hoping that Wil Wheaton somehow chose to wear the JonCon 2012 t-shirt that I gave him at GenCon this year).
Here are some shots of all the various games we played this weekend. Many have been featured on Tabletop, or purchased because of Tabletop.
The Friday night game of SPIES!
Star Wars Miniatures Battles (with old West End Games miniatures)
Descent, Journeys in the Dark
Ticket to Ride: Europe
Call of Cthulhu roleplaying using the Tremulus system
Star Wars X-Wing
Red November and The Manhattan Project
King of Tokyo
Here’s the 2013 t-shirt image, featuring me in the Fez that I bought at GenCon:
The Fez and the Imperial Officer cap were popular head gear this year:
My family plays games Especially my brother and my cousin. On Easter we were playing a game we had seen on tabletop and my uncle was over(we slowly are getting his kids into games!). We told him we heard of the game through the Table Talk youtube show. Which Wil Wheaton is part of. He wanted to find out more about it. He isn’t into much games like we are but he was curious because he was worked with Wil. My uncle works on TBBT (or the big bang theory) Wil Wheaton guest stars on the show on occasion. Wil was there this past week and my cousin told me that my Uncle let her know he told Wil about how we watch ‘that internet stuff. and play games’ from what he is a part of. Wil told my uncle that he is grateful and would let his company partner know that we play the games as well. and you know what. That means a lot. Because he didn’t have to acknowledge it. But he did. and it means a lot. For everything he has done. With what we have been able to do now. i mean we hosted our table top day, I had over 20 people over and people couldn’t believe how many amazing games there are. Bringing my friends and I closer is ore than enough. We have all discovered how emotional we because of these games he introduces and the words are lost for the compassion I have for this man.
So thank you Wil Wheaton. I’m glad you know that we enjoy the games because it has changed the way we think and let us grow. (some people even found things they never knew about themselves) we are the ones who are grateful. Just keep doing what you do Wil. We support you 100 percent.
My wife and I went to see friends in Austin and as we usually do when we fly we pack a game to play in the airport and on the plain. This time around it was Fluxx but not just regular ole vanilla Fluxx my wife had gotten StarFluxx. She proceeded to handedly defeated me at three times while we were waiting on our plane.
When we got to our friends place, it was decided that an afternoon of board games was in order… so out came Decent then Kingdom Builder My wife and I played the heroes in Decent and went 1-1 versus Scott the Overlord before dinner was ready. After dinner we played Kingdom Builder and our host Scott won by a handful of points.
There’s something amazing about going out of town to see friends and getting to play board games and catch up.
I go to a tabletop night at a local game shop about once a week or so. Tonight, one attendee brought Betrayal at House on the Hill, and I was excited to try it out after seeing the Tabletop episodes. I played a girl named Zoe, whose figurine was a little girl with a rather abused teddy bear.
On this night, an old professor went into the old house on the hill with two children (Were they his? We may never know). After a few rooms were explored, a jock also arrived (because he arrived after we started the game, and we just didn’t care if he hopped in late). During her walk throughout the house, Zoe discovered a girl, a new companion. After discovering most of the house (and both children had fallen down chutes and collapsed rooms to the basement), the little boy Peter had been revealed as the traitor!
(Haunt 3 aka Frogger) A witch had appeared with the power to turn people into frogs, making them as useless as male nipples, among other abilities. Just as the others were about to race to dig up a mandrake root, Peter tried to attack little Zoe, who had so little might. But lo! Zoe had an angel feather, which she used to murder Peter. The others heard Peter’s screams and winced at the idea of killing a small boy, but Zoe was convinced by the girl companion that it was the right thing to do.
Even with cats trying to eat any frogs that hopped up, all three mandrake roots were quickly dug up, and little Zoe, with all her knowledge and sanity (Oh yes, she was perfectly sane when she killed Peter), cast spells with her spellbook to de-frog the professor and jock. She gave the book to the professor, who succeeded in making the witch mortal with another spell. However, the witch went after the jock and, in a horror story twist, killed him first. The little girl sped downstairs, picked up the jock’s spear, and stabbed the witch. The witch was so weak in her mortal form that she instantly expired from the poke of the spear.
Tl;dr: Stay in school, kids. Sanity and smarts will get you far.
When we were kids me and my 4 sisters would spend hours playing board games. We didn’t playing anything you might see on Tabletop. It was stuff like Monopoly, Cluedo, Kerplunk etc. We even had one of those hardback books that had a game on each double page.
Anyway, as the years went by, DVD players were bought, internet was installed and puberty started coming along me and my sisters slowly drifted apart. Our board games were either given to relatives or sold at car boot sales. Our once big pile of family entertainment had suddenly turned into watching TV a lot or playing on games consoles. I got myself into PC gaming to the point where I would be on the computer for HOURS on end.
All of my sisters now live separately 20 miles in a different direction then recently something odd happened.
A few days ago it was my sister’s 21st birthday. This means that we’re all together at the same time… a rarity. The day after her main family birthday gathering we all gathered at my place for a pizza and beer/wine. One of them then asked me about the pile of games in the corner of the room.
Basically, after watching Tabletop I started buying games. Most of them were ones I bought for a steal at a local charity shop as well as the ones featured on Tabletop which I got online. I work a lot and hadn’t a chance to invite people over for a games night. I suggested that we can play one. I thoroughly expected a big NO from everyone but to my surprise, they all said yes. We ended up playing Ticket to Ride due to the relative ease of explaining the rules. What came was a blast from the past. Instead of 5 little girls fighting over which pieces they were using for Monopoly, we were 5 grown women drinking alcohol and having a glorious time.
I know you get this a lot but thankyou! For the first time in years there was a real sense of family. At one point one of us was so immersed in concentration over how to make her routes work that she switched off her mobile phone! We will definitely do this again.
One day last spring, my then 6 year old niece asked us if she could play “the train game”. Ticket to Ride had recently become a family favourite after we saw it on TableTop and she had noticed that we were playing it quite often in the evenings on family dinner and game nights when she was getting ready for bed.
So we started teaching her a simplified version of Ticket to Ride: no destination tickets, just learning to collect matching train cards to lay down routes. We played with open hands so we could discuss which colours she was collecting and how many more she needed. She caught on pretty quick. (Pic above)
Recently she asked again if we could play “the train game” so after her little brother was in bed we played a game using destination tickets and normal rules. She played her own hand and did a great job.
The most entertaining part for us was that before she claimed a route, she would hold her train cards above her head and dramatically state, “I declare that I am claiming a train route!”
She loved it so much, she asked if we could play again the next day during her brother’s nap. We did.
She’s been showing more interest in some of the games we’re playing so we’ve explained Tsuro, Qwirkle and this weekend Sequence (which she played a hand of herself immediately). She still asks to play Candy Land and other games that she likes, but the transition is starting and we’re looking forward to adding another gamer to our adult game nights. How long until she is playing games like Dominion and 7 Wonders?