TableTopDay 2013

TableTop Day was held this past Saturday, March 30th and the great folks at The Crazy Squirrel Game Store hosted a full day of gaming fun to celebrate. TableTop Day was organized by Geek and Sundry to encourage people around the world to sit down together and play some games. March 30 marked the one year anniversary of the Geek and Sundry YouTube web series, TableTop, hosted by Wil Wheaton.

Our game day started at ten o’clock in the morning, and I happily unpacked my box of small games to demo and play with people as they visited the Squirrel. I brought copies of Zombie Dice, Gloom, Get Bit!, Piece of Cake, Munchkin, Spot It!, and Martian Dice. Actually, I used the store copy of Martian Dice, but I had so much fun playing and teaching the game that I bought my own copy.

I was happy to have the chance to introduce new players to some light and easily portable games. I think some people don’t play games as much as they would like because they feel that they don’t have enough time. Some of the games I had with me can be played in as little as five minutes. Gloom and Munchkin take a bit longer. I ended up in a six player game of Munchkin that I was afraid was going to go on forever, but luckily it worked itself out in a reasonable and enjoyable amount of time.

I set up my table, complete with my cutouts of Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton, and started off with a demo of Get Bit! by Dave Chalker. I tweeted(?) a photo right before I started:

I only mention this because Felicia Day, or her Twitter minion, favorited my tweet, and I got all excited about that.

The head Squirrels arranged a blood drive for the event, and I was the first to donate my vital gaming fluid to the cause. I should have eaten a bigger lunch because I was a little light-headed by late afternoon. I left for a bit and came back for an evening game of Alhambra, with my friends Joe and Isaac, who were just as tired as I was. It was one of those games where you are so tired that everything is funny.

I’m already looking forward to next year.

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