April 29th 2017, yes today, is International Tabletop Day. That means you can head out to your local gaming shop and experience some new games, play some old favorites and make some new friends. It’s a great opportunity to introduce non-gamers to this hobby that we love and to enjoy some time with family and friends as you get to play some great games.
If you want to take part in Tabletop Day the first step is to determine if you have a local gaming shop or if there is a community event that is participating in the festivities and you can check for that here.
If there’s nothing in your immediate area that is holding an event, don’t worry because you can still participate in the fun by hosting your own gaming party at home. This may not be an official event but it can be just as fun. If you’re not sure about which games you should drag out for the day, we’ve got a few suggestions for you.
If you’re looking to introduce new gamers to the world of tabletop gaming or just want to play a game where all players share in a common goal then a co-operative game is a great place to start. It’s a good starting point for new players to be introduced to rules and have help during each phase of the game and it’s also fun to sit back and relax and not have to worry about trying to beat another player but instead work as a group to win.
Some of our favorite co-op games include:
Castle Panic – Working together you must defend your castle from the onslaught of goblins, orcs and trolls.
Pandemic – In this co-operative game, each player assumes the role of a character (each with different abilities) and working together you must traverse the globe to eradicate the different diseases threatening to kill mankind.
Forbidden Desert – Your airship has crashed into a desert and it’s up to you and your team to find the pieces, put the airship back together and escape the desert before dying from thirst or heat.
Maybe you like a game that involves little more thinking, takes a little longer to play and involves setting up your next move(s) in advance. In that case a fun strategy game might be the thing for you and here are some of our favorites:
Catan – We regularly play the family edition of Catan but any version that you have is fine. The object of Catan is to build and settle the island of Catan faster than your opponents. It’s a great gateway game that involves strategy, planning and some dice luck.
Arkham Horror The Card Game – If you’re looking for something a little darker, something that is story driven, can be played cooperatively or as a solo experience and involves a lot of strategy as well as deck building mechanics then Arkham Horror is a fantastic game. With multiple scenarios to play through this story and theme heavy game sees you playing as a group of individuals looking to solve the mystery or Arkham while preventing the old ones from rising.
If you need something that plays well in a group or looking to sling some spells then card games can be a great way to pass the time. These are a couple of our favorite card games:
Sushi Go – In this set collection game played in rounds you must collect different sushi types and score more than your opponents while passing your cards each turn. It’s a fast paced game that’s fun to play and easy to learn.
Magic The Gathering – In what is possibly the oldest collectible card game you play as a Planeswalker who is capable of summoning creatures and slinging spells with the aid of mana. This deck building game is easy to get into with duel decks and is highly customizable. If you’re not looking to play competitively you can pick up a couple of pre-made decks and get playing for under 50 bucks.
Maybe Tabletop Day means spending some time with the family today and you’re in need of a fun, easy to learn, easy to play game that gets lots of laughs and everyone can enjoy. It that sounds like your day then here are a couple of family favorites of ours that you might enjoy as well.
King Of Tokyo – If you enjoy b-list monsters and push your luck dice rolling games then King Of Tokyo is for you. In this game you take control of a monster that is hell bent on destroying Tokyo and its fellow monsters. With each roll of the dice you can either attack your opponents or move into Tokyo for more points. It’s a fun game that is varied enough to not get boring.
Machi Koro – As the mayor of a new city it is your job to build the amenities that your citizens need and create the best city possible. With dice rolls you earn more money based off the cards you already own and then you purchase new buildings for your city. The first to build the required special buildings wins. It’s an easy to learn game with a lite strategy element and some luck of the dice.
Sometimes you just want to get your hands dirty and attack all those that oppose you. These games when done right can be a lot of fun. Our favorite version of this is:
Munchkin – In this game of silly weapons, backstabbing and uneasy alliances you have to knock down doors, defeat the monsters, gain the skill levels and collect the treasures before your opponents do. It’s a light hearted take on player vs player combat that is silly enough that you can play through it without players getting mad at each other. If you like Munchkin there are many variations that work off the same game but add in new twists and themes, we really like Munchkin Zombie for the humour and zombie theme.
These are some of our favorite games, many of which will be hitting the table today for International Tabletop Day. What are some of your favorites? Which games will be getting played today in your gaming group? Let us know in the comments below.