Monday, May 8, 2017

International Tabletop Day 2017


My gang and I celebrated another International Tabletop Day recently! Here's what we played. (You can also read about what we played last year.)

Game 1: Elder Sign


One of my friends hadn't played this before, so we were happy to introduce her to it. This game gets a lot of play in my house, because it captures the fun of Arkham Horror but is easier to set up and--for us--win.


I had to document this anomalous die roll. It was one of two similar ones on this day.

Four "peril" faces in a single roll!

Game 2: Evolution


My friend Jeff brought this one, and none of us had played it before. It was pretty fun! On round one, at least 2 of us went extinct because we failed to understand how to feed our organisms.

Below are my wife's three species. Each species can have up to three traits, and you can change traits later.


Game 3: Utter Nonsense!


I'm normally too afraid of embarrassing myself to play a game like this, but I'm glad I did. Each round, one player is the judge, and randomly picks an accent for the others to imitate. Then each player chooses a line to read in that accent. Some of the accents we had to mimic were Southern Gentleman, Mexican, Australian, Super Mario, Whisper, Mumble, and Chicken.


Game 4: Tokaido


My wife and I never get tired of this game, which we discovered on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop. We find it a peaceful change of pace from other games. The goal is to sample different items and experiences on a journey in ancient Japan.


Game 5: Star Trek Panic


My favorite Castle Panic variant! Each player chooses a Star Trek character to play (original series), each of which has a unique special ability. (As Chekov, I did extra damage with phasers.) Then you try to complete five missions based on episodes from the show, while also having to deal with randomly appearing enemy ships and space phenomena. One of our highlights was defeating the Doomsday Machine in a single turn!


We were victorious, but as you can see, we barely got out alive...


Parting Gifts


I used this occasion to unload some surplus collectables from my son's LootCrate subscription. I intended it as a prize table, but since two of our games were cooperative, I just let people fight over this stuff, gladiator style.


Did you play games on Tabletop Day?