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.
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.