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If you look closely enough, it’s clear that tabletop gaming is experiencing a glorious renaissance. Gaming conventions like GenCon and DragonCon now draw more attendees than a traditionally huge game-related show like E3, while other gaming shows like PAX and GX devote vast areas of the show to tabletop pursuits.
Nontraditional outlets like Target and Barnes & Noble are now carrying decidedly serious board games like Agricola and 7 Wonders. To top it all off, the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel just completed its inaugural season of its widely popular gaming show, TableTop. The buzz grew over the 20 episode season, with new viewers tuning in every other week to watch celebrities play board games. And, to date, the end result is nearly eight million views — all generated by word of mouth and a powerful testament to the power of the human connection in tabletop gaming.
Now, it’s time to take tabletop gaming’s popularity to the next level. Beginning on March 30th of this year, there will be an annual International TableTop Day, a day to celebrate board games and tabletop gaming and play games with colleagues, family, and friends.
“We’re trying to build on the buzz and excitement of what we’ve done with TableTop and take it to the next level,” says TableTop associate producer, Boyan Radakovich.
Festivities for the day are initially being organized by Geek & Sundry and their plans are ambitious. A new website has been developed to help coordinate games on International TableTop Day. If your company, gaming group, or friendly local game store will be hosting games, sign up and let others find you via an interactive map.