National Tabletop Day (for me) in Phoenix   2 comments

It’s no secret that I’m a gamer.  Not a fanatical gamer, really–there are other things in my life more important than gaming, and there are many forms of gaming I will have nothing to do with, but on the whole, I support gaming for everyone. So, I’m a Tabletop fan of Wil Wheaton, and I’ve met him once at GenCon, and been in the same room with him perhaps half a dozen times, and he doesn’t know me from Adam, but that’s okay. I like the guy, and I admire what he does, but I’m not a fanboy. 68 year old game designers are a bit beyond the fanboy stage.

However, yesterday was National Tabletop Day, and in the spirit of the occasion, my son James, his friend Harley, and I went out to do some gaming with complete strangers outside the walls of my own castle. We found a new little game shop that just opened last January in west Phoenix, not too far from my place,. and spent about 5 hours there. During that time we played Magic, Munchkin, and Zombie Dice–alas, no Tunnels and Trolls. That would have required too much preparation and planning on my part, but now I know the venue is there, perhaps I will commandeer a table and run a game some time in the future.

Of course I took pictures. So, here’s what my National Tabletop Day looked like.

Here I am at the front door, taking a picture and capturing my reflection in the window.

Here I am at the front door, taking a picture and capturing my reflection in the window.

The guy in blue behind the counter is Jeff. He is one of the partners who runs the place. He's also the "card" guy and a champion Magic player. I was in a 5 way Commander game with him later in the afternoon.

The guy in blue behind the counter is Jeff. He is one of the partners who runs the place. He’s also the “card” guy and a champion Magic player. I was in a 5 way Commander game with him later in the afternoon.

Here I am showing off the store logo. The place provides free wifi, so if I ever wanted to bring a tablet or a laptop and connect to the internet . . .

Here I am showing off the store logo. The place provides free wifi, so if I ever wanted to bring a tablet or a laptop and connect to the internet . . .

My son James is the one who really got me moving and actually involved in Tabletop Day. Without his enthusiasm, I might have just stayed home with my other big interest--comics.

My son James is the one who really got me moving and actually involved in Tabletop Day. Without his enthusiasm, I might have just stayed home with my other big interest–comics.

Most of the tables in the store were plain and functional. But they also had this beautiful painted table.

Most of the tables in the store were plain and functional. But they also had this beautiful painted table.

The store owners provided a feast--sub sandwiches, chips, and soft drinks all free for the gamers who showed up, and that food covered the painted table for most of the afternoon and evening.

The store owners provided a feast–sub sandwiches, chips, and soft drinks all free for the gamers who showed up, and that food covered the painted table for most of the afternoon and evening.

They had various demo games available to play. This was the second game we played during the afternoon.  Quick review: very well tied to the actual cartoon--funny, played well, but the cards were a little hard to read because of the font they used.

They had various demo games available to play. This was the second game we played during the afternoon. Quick review: very well tied to the actual cartoon–funny, played well, but the cards were a little hard to read because of the font they used.

Now I’m jealous. I want a Tunnels and Trolls Munchkin variant.

We actually spent about 2/3 of our time playing this game. A 5-way Commander battle is not a short and easy undertaking. Harley wound up buying cards, so the shopkeepers did make some money from our visit. I'm thinking I might go back for some of their regular tournaments.

We actually spent about 2/3 of our time playing this game. A 5-way Commander battle is not a short and easy undertaking. Harley wound up buying cards, so the shopkeepers did make some money from our visit. I’m thinking I might go back for some of their regular tournaments.

We weren't the only gamers enjoying the place. Here's a maximum-sized group playing Ticket to Ride.

We weren’t the only gamers enjoying the place. Here’s a maximum-sized group playing Ticket to Ride.

And this group was playing Dixit. The redhead actually brought in a cake for the day--I had a small piece. So, how cool is that? I say, let's encourage more girl gamers.

And this group was playing Dixit. The redhead actually brought in a cake for the day–I had a small piece. So, how cool is that? I say, let’s encourage more girl gamers.

It was a very fine way to  spend a Saturday afternoon. I feel like I should apologize to all my friends who spent their Tabletop Day at the Imperial Outpost (which, imho, is far and away the best gaming store in the whole Phoenix area–too bad it is so far away from me) way up on West Thunderbird Road in far northwest Phoenix. I considered going there for the day, but adding Harley to my group took me the opposite direction and it was just too far to travel. I’ve seen the pix of them at play, and they certainly appeared to be having a great time.

So, Saturday, I spent about 5 hours gaming, and over an hour in travel time.  Got home a little after 9 p.m. and sacked out, completely exhausted by about 11.

If you went somewhere or did something special for National Tabletop Day, please go ahead and leave a comment.

–end

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Posted April 12, 2015 by atroll in Uncategorized

2 responses to “National Tabletop Day (for me) in Phoenix

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  1. For Tabletop Day I went to Rainy Day Games in Aloha, OR, about ten minutes down the road.

    No food, but they did have an ongoing raffle. When you played a game you got a ticket; if you won you got a ticket. I ended up with two aluminum water bottles and a tank-themed card wargame.

    I played:

    Tokaido
    Splendor (won!)
    Castle Panic (group win, we survived the monster onslaught)
    King of New York (won!)
    Just Desserts
    Sushi Go
    Cockroach Salad

  2. Hi, Ken. 🙂
    If Harley was with you, why no photos? See you soon.
    Diane

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