How long has it been since you have played a board game? Growing up, it was a family tradition to sit down and have a board game night about once every two weeks. I remember playing the classic games – Yahtzee, Monopoly, Connect 4, Mousetrap, Trouble, Sorry! and more. As I grew older the tradition happened less and less, and eventually stopped. Recently I started getting my husband interested in board games. Having grown up only playing Monopoly, he never had the same pleasant association that I did with board games – he viewed them as a boring chore, instead of an entertaining media free form of fun.
It was only after introducing him to newer more progressive games such as Settlers of Catan that he too discovered the fun and allure of board games. Once he was hooked, there was no turning back. We quickly replaced our stale movie nights with friends into board game nights. Once a week we gather a group of -10 people and play a board game. To start out learning new games and get interested in potential game purchases, we started watching TableTop. If you are unfamiliar with the geek realm, TableTop is a show masterminded by geek icons Whil Wheaton and Felicia Day. Whil Wheaton hosts, and each video is a group of friends playing a board game. Each game is introduced, and as it is being played the rules are explained. This simple concept is a lifesaver when trying to figure out more complicated rules, and a great way to see if a game grabs your interest.
Our game nights quickly grew from Settlers of Catan to Munchkin, Zombie Dice, Fluxx, Cards Against Humanity, and more. These games break the mold of what common board games are, and introduce new and exciting elements that the general person may not be accustomed to. TableTop has become a part of our household culture, which is why we are thrilled that International TableTop Day is only mere days away!
International TableTop Day is a day inspired by – you guessed it – TableTop. It is a day to encourage board game playing and community. Happening April 5th, 2014, AshevilleBlog is hosting our own TableTop celebration. Happening at Eagle Street Coffee Emporium, from 2-6 PM there will be stations set up each with a different game. There will be a teacher at each station ready to lead newcomers through the game. We will be providing the teachers, the games, and a door prize. All you need to bring is yourself, a friend, and enough money to buy a cup of coffee. Please join us for this exciting celebration, and let us lure you into the intriguing world of board games.
Asheville’s International TableTop Day Celebration
Eagle Street Coffee Emporium – 39B Market Street
April 5th 2:00-6:00 PM
FREE EVENT – please support our venue by purchasing a cup of coffee
Learn more on the TableTop Day website: http://www.tabletopday.com/item/ashevilleblog-hosts-international-table-top-day-ashevile/