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Naperville Freaks, Geeks, and Weirdos Message Board › International TableTop Day - March 30th!

International TableTop Day - March 30th!

user 47838212
Woodridge, IL
Post #: 63

Beginning this year, March 30th is International TableTop Day, a day to celebrate board games and tabletop gaming and play games with colleagues, family, and friends! The best part is, there’s no experience necessary. If you’ve never been to a gaming convention before or haven’t played a game since CandyLand, you are absolutely welcome to join in the festivities. As any longtime gamer can attest, tabletop gamers are a very friendly bunch and are almost always welcoming to extra players at their tables. Just walk up and ask if they need another player. On March 30th just head on out to your friendly local game store, neighborhood coffee shop, school auditorium, community center, or host a game day at your home and play more games!

International TableTop Day was introduced by Geek and Sundry, a popular online geek community. The event comes after the success of the “TableTop”, a web series created by Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day, where celebrity guests play board games, card games and dice games with Wil Wheaton at the helm. Not familiar with the show? Check it out here: http://tabletop.geeka...­

Here's a list of your Friendly Local Game Stores, along with their plans for TableTop Day:

Fair Game
5147 Main St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Featuring games from the TableTop web series and raffles throughout the day. Saturday 3/30 from 10am - 9pm. Come socialize, have fun, and play games! Lots and lots of games.

Wandering Dragon Game Shoppe
24026 W. Lockport Street
Plainfield IL 60544
"Fun, Games & Prizes! Saturday 3/30 from 12pm - 10pm. More info to come."

The Game Knight
481 Commons Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
"Saturday, March 30, 2013. 11:00am until 9:00pm. A day to celebrate table top gaming. We will be opening our doors for everyone to come down and enjoy our 400+ game library."

Games Plus
101 W Prospect Ave
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
Details to come.

Happy gaming!
user 47838212
Woodridge, IL
Post #: 68
As March 30th nears I'll be posting more news, articles, and local events about TableTop Day. Geek & Sundry is still working out some issues with and approving events for the http://www.tabletopda...­ website, so here's an article to read in the meantime:

10 reasons to support International #TableTopDay

1. You’ll be supporting local businesses

This is a great chance for local businesses to attract gaming geeks into the store. This a chance for gamer geeks to demo tabletop games for themselves and persuade friends to add a game or two their collection.
There’s also a chance that tweets (hashtag #tabletopday) will be shared by the Geek and Sundry team. This is an excellent marketing opportunity for your local hobby store.

2. You’re supporting the games industry

Events like this help encourage gamers to try a new game. That’s a chance for a publisher or manufacturer to recruit new gamers. Once a gamer has invested in some core rules then the chances are there that they’ll buy accessories and supplements.

3. You’ll meet new gamers

Gamers often get together but that’s generally with established groups. What if you’re new to a city or you’re looking for a new player to your current group?

Reddit and groups like Roleplaying Games on Google+ are no strangers to “looking for group” posts. Tabletop Day should be a real life equivalent with word of mouth there to act as social media.

4. You’ll help the image of the hobby

Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton and the others have done the hobby great favours by making it more accessible to newcomers. Their work on YouTube and with fan bogs has helped ensure a new generation of gamer geeks still have time for tabletop games. International Tabletop Game is another key step in that work.

5. You could launch an event

March 30th, 2013 is the first International TableTop Day but it need not be the last. If this one is successful then we might end up with an annual, publisher backed, gaming festival that stretches across the globe.

6. You will help your local convention

Not got a local gaming convention? International TableTop Day might help you earn one. The event could showcase the native support for games in your city. If retailers and enterprising gamers see that there are enough local fans then that might be all they need to launch a convention.

Already got a convention? Events like this help build buzz, fire up enthusiasm and help with networking. It might well be that at your local International TableTop Day that a famous RPG author agrees to come and demo their latest game at the convention.

7. You will help the sponsors

International TableTop Day has some impressive sponsors already; companies like Steve Jackson Games, Mayfair Games, Indie Boards & Cards, Days of Wonder and Asmodee. These companies are vital parts of the gaming ecology and by taking part in the event you help ensure these sponsors get value for their sponsorship money.

8. You might find your new addiction

With so many new games coming out (thanks Kickstarter!) it can be hard finding the next big game of your life. International TableTop Day may well help solve that problem; it’s a chance to discover what fellow geeky gamers are recommending but to try them out for yourself.

9. You could build the local gamer community

International TableTop Day isn’t restricted to shops and clubs. It’s entirely possible for you to use your own flat, university or favourite coffee shop (with permission!) to run a game on the 30th. If you do so then you’ll be the one who brought all the local gamers together. You’ll instantly become a key member of the local gamer community.

10. You get to be part of Geek and Sundry

As Felicia Day says in the video – this is a chance to have a little of Geek and Sundry in your own life. It would be cool to have photograph tweets from your tabletop game shared by some of the internet’s most famous gamers.

Article link: http://www.geeknative...­
user 47838212
Woodridge, IL
Post #: 154
International TableTop Day is back this year on April 5th! Go to your favorite local game store, coffee shop, library, community center, or host a game day at your home and play more games!
Brian C.
user 7264318
Group Organizer
Naperville, IL
Post #: 34
So they changed the date? Why did they do that?
Rick M.
Glendale Heights, IL
Post #: 297
Too bad, I'll be helping out with the Elk Grove Historical Game Day event.
Ed S
Round Lake, IL
Post #: 335
So they changed the date? Why did they do that?
The original post was for 2013. April 5th is the 2014 version. The title of this thread is confusing.
Brian C.
user 7264318
Group Organizer
Naperville, IL
Post #: 36
No I get that. I'm wondering why they declare a day to be International Tabletop Day one year and then made the decision to change the date the next year, and put it in a different month on a different day of the week as well. Granted it's only a 6 day difference, but still.
user 47838212
Woodridge, IL
Post #: 155
I agree. It was a bit confusing calling something an "International Day" and then changing the date the following year. I haven't seen a direct answer that clarifies exactly why the date changed. Some speculate because 1) March already has Read an RPG Book in Public Week on March 3 and GM's Day on March 4 and 2) TableTop Day made a big boost to store sales last year so it could be better timing. It could also be that they wanted to keep it on a Saturday so they bumped it ahead rather than back.
Ed S
Round Lake, IL
Post #: 336
No I get that. I'm wondering why they declare a day to be International Tabletop Day one year and then made the decision to change the date the next year, and put it in a different month on a different day of the week as well. Granted it's only a 6 day difference, but still.

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