International #Tabletop Day

April 30, 2017

Hey guys!  Yesterday was International #Tabletop Day.  This fun event created around the idea of celebrating board games, card games, role playing games, tabletop games, and other more! The Geek & Sundry Channel are big champions of this date, April 29th, the last few years.

My good friend Justin has been collecting new and exotic board games for the last 10 years and has acquired quite the collection.  He decided to throw a gaming convention for his birthday a few years ago and introduced a bunch of us to an amazing and diverse collection of board games that are out there.  I grew up with the standards: Monopoly, Battleship, Connect Four, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Hungry Hippos, Mouse Trap, you get the idea.  In my teens I was introduced to more tabletop games like Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, Battletech, Marvel Super Heroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Champions, or even Car Wars.  You remember this stuff?!

I feel like people my age are a broken record, but I WISH I had THIS stuff when I was growing up.  I guess I love the stuff we had as kids, but everything always seemed to be missing a book or a compendium or that one had ninjas it would be really cool if we had ninjas, man I really wish we could play as ninja's.  And now thanks to Justin and his cool board game themed birthday convention parties, I can play fully realized stories and games within one box.  It's the best of both worlds.  We celebrated International #Tabletop Day yesterday with a game of Pandemic to start.  Pandemic is a game where the game board is the earth with major cities marked out.  Each "Turn" infectious diseases spread across the world and the players or "your team" have to work together utilizing everyone's powers and abilities to race against the clock and cure the world of 4 deadly diseases.

After that we played a really smooth game of Legendary's Marvel Deck Building Game.  This game is really fun beacuse you choose a storyline, a Mastermind (Villain), a couple of heroes, couple of minions, and start the game.  Each turn the players either combine their action points to attack a villain before they getaway, using recruit points to acquire new heroes and overall build their "deck" to take down the villain Mastermind.  I mention in the video that this game brand also features an Aliens, Predator, DC, Big Trouble in Little China, more Marvel Expansions, and even more cool brands!  So if you like the general premise of a deck building game with really cool genre movies or themes then this could be something for you.  Check out your game aisle or surf online.  Check out some of the new board games out there.  They are really fun.