Sandeep Parikh talks about gaming in his extended interview on the amazing TableTop, and puts a view I strongly share across very eloquently.
Another episode of Tabletop has been released, this time round they are playing extremely casual games, the type of games where it would be strange for each game to last more than 20-30 minutes. I love these games, I tend to break them out while we are waiting for the last player for the main game to show up, or while people are making food orders etc.
The three games they play are Tsuro, Zombie Dice & Get Bit. I for one will very likely be making sure two of these make it into my collection.
Side Note: this episode quite conceivably contains one of the most unbelievable runs of luck known to mankind.
Check out the entire series at the YouTube channel playlist.
Anything that can attempt to take gaming in its myriad of sources and introduce it to new people in an entertaining manner, in my books, deserves to be supported, encouraged and if possible, shouted from the rooftops.
Wil Wheaton has a new show, TableTop,on the Geek & Sundry channel on YouTube that does just that. Every other Friday a new show airs, where Wheaton and three celebrity guests tackle the tabletop game of the week. At time of writing there have been two episodes, Small World and The Settlers of Catan. The show finds that perfect balance between explaining how the games work and showing the interaction between the players, the banter and all that (otherwise known as the visual signs of people having fun).
I have always been a fan of board games, and after seeing these epsiodes I happened to have gone out and bought SmallWorld and The Settlers of Catan as they happened to not already be in my collection.
On the weeks that a new episode doesn’t air, there have so far been gag reels and other associated content put up on the channel.
Any free web series that results in my wallet emptying must either be illegal or very good, and TableTop is the latter. Check it out… Now… Or Wil will set Sasha the Intern on Fire; he said so himself.
Possibly my biggest exposure to a fan community came in the lead up to Mythic’s Warhammer Online. Myself and a colleague from Online Gaming Radio set up Warhammer Geek, a fan site tracking the final days before the launch, and we were around till a few months into the game where both our schedules exploded and we simply didn’t have the time to commit to the site anymore.
This week I picked up Warhammer Invasion, the living card game by Fantasy Flight Games. Many of you who know about the game will currently be thinking to yourself… “sheesh that games been out for ages”, and you would be right, it was originally published in 2009 and has had many expansions, 34 to be precise, since then. However, it is often good to extol the virtues of older games in order for those who missed it the first time round to play a little catch up.
It has been a while since I have actively tried to put some of the contents of my brain out into the traverse. Some of you may know me as Monte / Orlock from Online Gaming Radio / Warhammer Geek; for those four people, they pretty much know what to expect from me. For anyone else, by day I am a professional web developer (I make the sites work, not the artsy fartsy part) and by night I am a geek, completely and wholly, and am also incredibly proud of this fact.
“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” – Simon Pegg
I am also a gamer – MMO gaming, video gaming, war gaming, card gaming, board gaming – the list is exhaustive. If you can make a game out of it, chances are I will at least consider trying it.
The idea of this blog is to cover the whole spectrum of gaming, and the day by day, week by week content that makes its way on here will entirely depend on what it is I happen to be doing at the time.
I hope you enjoy my ramblings.