In the spirit and enthusiasm for Tabletop and playing more games at home together, my son Aidan has created a Trophy of Awesome for our home. We found a dance trophy at our local thrift shop yesterday and my son took artistic control in covering the parts he did not like. He covered the words “Dance Competition” with foil and masking tape and wrote “Trophy of Awesome” on the front. The top part of the trophy has a circle that spins, so we printed out pictures of both Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day from the interwebs and taped those to either side of the circle. He is very proud!

Wow this is awesome!!!

Aidan, you are amazing. Play more games!


How Tabletop helped save Easter


When I first heard about International Tabletop Day, I was very excited. Every day I typed the postcode of my nearest city into the page and was thrilled when I found an event listed. Growing up in regional Australia meant that I wasn’t exposed to gamer culture growing up - as an adult living in a city means there are opportunities to find other like-minded people and to share the joy of gaming with friends and family.

But when the date drew near I realised that International Tabletop Day was on Holy Saturday. I couldn’t attend the big function I was so excited about. The Easter Holidays have always been spent at my parent’s house in a small coastal town. And this Easter was going to be a particularly difficult one. My father passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in December, just before Christmas He was only in his early 60’s, and seemed healthy. His death has devastated our family, especially my mother. She has really struggled to come to terms with his death. There have been a lot of challenges in the past few months, especially with my younger sister leaving for a semester studying abroad in America just three weeks after Dad’s funeral. So this Easter would not only be spent without Dad, but without my sister as well.

The rest of the family all headed down to Mum’s house for Easter. I wondered what could be done to make it less of a gloomy occasion. Inspiration struck - International Tabletop Day could still be marked. After dinner everyone sat around the dining room table and played Fluxx. It was suitably chaotic (I was the only person who had played Fluxx before) but soon everyone was laughing and groaning when the rules got more and more complex. Even though Mum had never played the game before, she won every game but two. I hadn’t seen her laugh so much or so hard since before Dad died. It helped bring everyone together for something joyous, a fitting was to pass the Vigil before the joys of Easter Day.

So thank you, International Tabletop Day, for helping make our first Easter without Dad that little bit easier.

I’ll be right back. I have something in both of my eyes.




Did anyone think that the stand-up cut-outs that Wil posted to his blog for Tabletop Day kind of looked like King of Tokyo monsters? I did, so last night I made these. :)

I scaled the images down to about 3.75 inches tall, printed front and back versions and glued them to some 4-ply mat board and got WHEEEEATON! and Day of Destruction ready to bring ruin to the city of Tokyo. They fit very well into the plastic stands. They needed some monster boards so a couple hours later… :) This morning I printed everything out and assembled the boards. Right now the number disks are just held on with thumb tacks so I’m going to need to find something more permanent.

If anyone wants to print their own copies, I uploaded a pdf to my Google drive account here. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByD1Q_nbLnhvSHM4T1pJU2NJa1k/edit?usp=sharing

I also put the full size pages as jpegs in this post but I’m not sure if my settings will allow them to be downloaded so they are also available on imgur here:

Wil: http://i.imgur.com/kzK2tKr.jpg
Felicia: http://i.imgur.com/MSmP8uJ.jpg

Here are the blog posts on WilWheaton.net

Lil’ Wil http://wilwheaton.net/2013/03/how-about-a-couple-of-cutouts-for-your-tabletop-day-event/

and Lil’ Felicia http://wilwheaton.net/2013/03/a-felicia-day-standup-for-tabletop-day/.

Drawn by Lar Desouza http://www.lartist.com/ and released under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 license.


This right here is why the Creative Commons License is so awesome.


I started watching Tabletop a bit before Christmas, and it made me want to play boardgames.

When I went back to my parents’ house for the break, I suggested that we could buy a couple games and play together. Now, you have to know that my relationship with my parents has never really been great. It’s only recently that it got better, and I believe that playing some boardgames with them helped reinforce that. For once, we didn’t spend every evening with me on the computer and them watching tv. For once, every once in a while, we spent an evening together, having fun. We spent New Year’s Eve together playing games when I usually would try and go anywhere to escape the family reunion.

If someone’d told me that a year ago, I would not have believed them. So yeah, thanks, Wil.

Comment on my blog about Tabletop.
Thank you so much for Tabletop. It helped me change a bit from a die hard video gamer to a die hard boardgamer as well. It has done nothing but improve my life and relationships with my friends and family. My wife would like to thank you as well she was always disappointed that I didn’t play that many games now she loves how much I want to play.
Comment on my blog that gave me a lot of feels.