International Tabletop Day (or #tabletopday, if you’re a Twitter fan) took place last Saturday, 30 March 2013. This world-wide event was the brainchild of the good folks at Geek & Sundry, who are (and I quote): “An internet community centered around web videos, with shows about comics, games, books, hobbies, and more,” and who want their audience to “connect with each other through common interests online and In Real Life”.
And their audience did connect IRL, on Saturday, here at the store and at thousands of other places around the world. And it was really fun!
We had people in starting well before we were technically even open for business, and they were ready to play games, let me tell you. By ten o’clock, we had one table of Warhammer miniature wargamers, one table of Munchkin players, one table of Carcassonne players, and (if I remember correctly) one table of Zombie Dice players. Games were played all day, though the players changed from time to time. We had gamers from here in Belleville, we had gamers who made the trek from out of town; we had hard-bitten, dedicated gamers, we had casual family gamers; we had people in who had never heard of any of the featured games, but who went home with a new appreciation of how many great games are out there, and how much fun they are to play. (And in many cases, they also went home with a copy of something new to play!)
The support from the various companies involved was most impressive. We would like to give a special nod to Lion Rampant, the Canadian distributor of many of our favourite games, who helped us out with special Tabletop Day swag and prizes. We’d also like to thank Steve Jackson
Games — publisher of such classics as Munchkin (and all its variations) and Zombie Dice. SJGames gave us amazing support in the person of Nicholas Laporte-Papp, one of its local Men in Black. Nic spent the entire day in the store demonstrating various games. He also kindly brought in a computer that ran looped episodes of Tabletop from Geek & Sundry’s YouTube channel, in which Wil Wheaton and friends play (and simultaneously explain) excellent board and card games such as Settlers of Catan, Castle Panic, Munchkin, Gloom, and others. Thanks, Nic. We owe you!
Finally, we’d really like to thank our customers for coming down to see what was going on. We had a lot of fun, and we hope that you did too. Fingers crossed, we can do it all again next year! We also had lots of interest in the idea of running an informal weekly games night over the summer … maybe Thursdays?
In the meantime, go inside and play!