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How Tabletop helped save Easter

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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.

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Do you love Settlers of Catan? Do you love Star Trek? Well have the best of both with Star Trek Catan. Right now it’s a four player game but I hope they develop expansions for it. This picture was taken after I had won the game. Great fun!

I can not overstate how great this game is. I was skeptical, but it’s way way way more than Catan in cosplay. If you like Catan, you’re going to love Star Trek Catan. You don’t even have to like Star Trek, but it helps.

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Do you love Settlers of Catan? Do you love Star Trek? Well have the best of both with Star Trek Catan. Right now it’s a four player game but I hope they develop expansions for it. This picture was taken after I had won the game. Great fun!

I can not overstate how great this game is. I was skeptical, but it’s way way way more than Catan in cosplay. If you like Catan, you’re going to love Star Trek Catan. You don’t even have to like Star Trek, but it helps.

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My 8 y.o. doing his best Wil as we prepare to start our Descent (2nd ed.) campaign.  We have it set up on our DIY game table that is built in underneath the dining surface (best. wife. ever.). Also pictured is our homemade dice tower.  My wife calls me a Martha Stewart of geek.  
Playing games has become a big part of our family and social life, and I love seeing it celebrated here! 

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My 8 y.o. doing his best Wil as we prepare to start our Descent (2nd ed.) campaign.  We have it set up on our DIY game table that is built in underneath the dining surface (best. wife. ever.). Also pictured is our homemade dice tower.  My wife calls me a Martha Stewart of geek.  

Playing games has become a big part of our family and social life, and I love seeing it celebrated here! 

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I’m not sharing a photo just to show off my small but growing game collection. I’m posting a picture of the collection to point out to the game companies that when TableTop first came online, I had only half of these games dust-covered and hibernating in a closet.  Now we have regular game nights with family and friends and have even gone to game nights at a local comic store.  Yes, some of the “classics” still do not get played often but the gaming bug has bit and we are starting to figure out what games we really like and are trying more and more.
So, to the game designers & publishers, make sure to support TableTop and make sure they get a second season.  It’s been a great thing for my family and I am sure many more.
Games purchased directly influences by TableTop or bonus videos/comments include: Ticket to Ride & expansions, Munchkin and many many expansions, Dixit, Gloom, Forbidden Island & Star Fluxx. Indirectly by TableTop due to increased gaming and looking for a local store include Civilization & expansion, Descent 2nd Edition, Poo, Nuts, & Sequence.
So, please support a second season and thank you to everyone who makes such a cool show.

seenontabletop:

I’m not sharing a photo just to show off my small but growing game collection. I’m posting a picture of the collection to point out to the game companies that when TableTop first came online, I had only half of these games dust-covered and hibernating in a closet.  Now we have regular game nights with family and friends and have even gone to game nights at a local comic store.  Yes, some of the “classics” still do not get played often but the gaming bug has bit and we are starting to figure out what games we really like and are trying more and more.

So, to the game designers & publishers, make sure to support TableTop and make sure they get a second season.  It’s been a great thing for my family and I am sure many more.

Games purchased directly influences by TableTop or bonus videos/comments include: Ticket to Ride & expansions, Munchkin and many many expansions, Dixit, Gloom, Forbidden Island & Star Fluxx. Indirectly by TableTop due to increased gaming and looking for a local store include Civilization & expansion, Descent 2nd Edition, Poo, Nuts, & Sequence.

So, please support a second season and thank you to everyone who makes such a cool show.