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Tabletop QOTD 2020-07-07


 
Lots and lots of bookshelves. Like 15 of them in my game room.

I've got an article about how to sort your collection that people may enjoy. In it, I talk about how my shelves are organized

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/boardgame-organization/
 
I don't own many boardgames and they all fit into the (i think it's called) cabinet under my TV in the living room.

As for RPGs, the ones I often take out and bring to conventions I have stored in a small briefcase together with pencils and erasers, dice and cards. The others I have in a bag in a closet. I used to keep them on my bookshelf, but last year we reorganized it and put away a lot of stuff to make room for books and comics.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-06-23


 
For board games, new players should get re-dos and advice along the way even though it makes her kick your butts. Memories of bringing in a player to Munchkins.

As for role playing, I can't remember a new player in an existing campaign so having different level players wasn't a problem. Differing experience was always handled efficiently by the GMs I've played with. I have run a few campaigns, but always with experienced players.
 
With board games, often when we have a new player we'll play at least a little while 'open hand', with each person describing what they're doing and why. We might play the entire game that way, or just a round or two and then restart... it depends.

When teaching a new game, it's really not about winning or losing for anyone. I've found most people reasonably expect to lose the first few times they play a game, but they get really frustrated when they can't understand what's going on.

For instance, when teaching my wife how to play Call to Adventure this evening, we each showed the cards we were choosing from, I explained why I chose the (origin, motivation, destiny) I did and what strategies I'd be following because of it.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-06-17


 
:D
A GM didn't think it through when he told a group of us to design one item that we want. Instant tower, fully furnished and equipped. It got used as a HUGE bag of holding.
 
At the Windsor Gaming Society which was being overrun by collectible card game players. The only game I brought was Vampire the Masquerade but that session got cancelled due to the crew coming in from Essex having car problems.

We weren't interested in playing cards so I made up an RPG on the spot.

It was called Pirates of THE Spanish Highlands and was one of the most ridiculous and over the top games I had ever run. It was 100% improvised.

For some reason, Barnacles were the currency in the game, and when you got XP a Sea Captain with 2 peg legs and 2 peg arms would roll into the scene cartwhealing on all his peg appendages and his head. Tink, tink, tink, ouch!, tink, tink, tink, tink, ouch, tink, ARR Ye get 10 XP, tink, tink, tink ouch, tink, tink, tink....

That was one of the most fun RPG sessions I've ever had in my life and the players all agreed. From that point onward I improvised a lot more in all of my games and went from spending like 20 hours a week prepping to maybe 2 hours.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-06-09


 
 

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-06-02


 
Board games were mostly scheduled, because they need physical presence (simulators really don't do it for us).

RPGs have mostly been scheduled so people can plan to be there or not. I've been in a few pick up games and would like to be in more... but I've been on an RPG hiatus because of COVID.

Not because of personal infection. I work in the social sector, and while I'm not front line (I work in a data warehouse, almost as far from that as you can get) I provide data to people trying to get a grasp on what's happening and provide financial assistance as best we can.. I don't have the energy to game right now.
 
Normally yes and no. Right now, heck no, I game when I can.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday of every month I ran board game events at local venues. In addition, I had a home game night on Mondays where we were supposed to play RPGs but never got a full group so played board games. I also played and live-streamed Gloomhaven every Friday.

In addition to this would be random pick up games that would happen randomly throughout the week. Sometimes with my kids or the whole family or I would get together with other local games.

Now I play a lot of BGA throughout the day and once a month sit down with one of our Patreon patrons to pay a game online somehow, other than that my wife and I have been getting together about every other weekend to play two-player games and now and then I game with the kids but they are actually busier with school now than they were when in school.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-05-28


 
I'm a hoarder. I don't give things away unless I'm really absolutely 100% sure I'm never even going to think about it.
I do occasionally loan something out, though. Like GURPS Russia, which I loaned to a friend, and I have no idea who it was, and nobody seems to have it. Or maybe my brother had it? I should ask him.
 
Nothing I can think of. I still have most of my gaming collection and what I gave away/sold/traded I really didn't need anymore.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-05-23


 
 
I've started roleplaying with AD&D2 but then played especially 3rd edition, like A LOT. Then I grew tired of the unneccessarily complicated mechanics and lots of subsystems, and now I play much lighter, narrrative-focussed games.

As for boardgames, I think 7Wonders is the one that falls into this cathegory for me: i played it at a convention and immediately bought it. But then I played it more times, and I don't really...understand it? I feel you can't really make a long-term strategy, you just have to optimize each hand. It seemed a lot more varied and profound to me than it actually is.

Muchkin is another game i had a lot of fun playing for the first 3-4 times, then got really bored: each game is basically someone getting to level 9, everyone else using everything in their hand to prevent them from leveling and then the next level 9 player winning the game.
I think Munchkin is funny to read, not enough fun to play though

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-05-19


 
I passed on playing several different versions of the same home-brew RPG some friends cooked up. It was a fantasy game and they'd tried to basically make it possible to play any class you could possibly imagine -- from farmer to wizard to whatever.

This was a train wreck. Each class had a set of specific skills with names. But there was NEVER a single description written for those skills. And so I'd pick up a character, choose some profession/class/whatever that seemed legit, spend my skill points based on what the skills were named, and then find that they were useless in any situation I could find. Asking "what do these skills mean?" would lead to vague waffling that didn't actually tell me anything. But the moment I'd try to use those skills, I'd be told that they didn't work that way.

I got fed up and quit. I hated not being able to understand my own character's abilities.
 
Tbh this doesn't sound petty at all, it's a totally legitimate reason to quit a game
 
@Eric Franklin No, perhaps not, but I'm generally not an especially petty person, I don't think, and not buying 5e because of his presence is at least more petty than not buying books he actually worked on.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-05-15


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Has the advent of affordable 3d printing tools affected your gaming at all?

I haven't actually bought a 3d printer yet- I use thingiverse to print what I need. But it's getting to the point that I am looking at one. I've been getting a lot of use out of printing scenery for games, extra (or improved) pieces for games, and other accessories for the table.


# #

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
FDM printers don't have that curing time issue - but they're still not fast.
 
Just made me very tempted to get a printer. Along with that I really regret not getting a laser cutter back when I could afford it. Deanna and I looked into and and strongly considered it and decided against it. Looking at what people charge at cons and even on Etsy for the stuff I think it would have been a very good investment. I don't think a 3d printer would pay off as well, not now that so many people are already in that market. It would just be nice to be able to print my own stuff instead of paying someone else to do it.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-05-09


 
heh, Thilo (Endzeitgeist) has called me on it, even. Something along the lines of "doesn't have much art, but swirls and other pictures really wouldn't add much, and would in fact interfere with the elegant simplicity of the presentation".
 
And I have to admit, it tickles me when I recognize stock art. Not in the "oh, that looks generic" sense, but to the point of identifying which stock art it is (publisher and artist). For instance, it made my week when I saw the (previous; they redesigned it) menu at Storm Crow Tavern, and realized the art was all by William McAusland.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-05-02


 
It varies. Some games with dirt cheap or no graphic design are great, and the lack of fancy layout suits the game. Some games have technically great graphic design, yet something about it puts me off. Generally, though, when done right, I do think it enhances the game. Edge of the Empire would not be the same without gorgeous Star Wars art. In Shadowrun, and cyberpunk games in general, the aesthetic of the game adds a lot to the atmosphere. That said, in many ways I might enjoy the more primitive layout and art of WEG Star Wars and '90s FASA Shadowrun more.
 

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-28


 
We just tried an 8+ game with our 5 year old: Rollecate. Went perfectly. It helps that he's a train nut of course.
 
My kids, other people's kids, friends kids, strangers kids. I game with kids quite often. I've got I think 5 different articles written about gaming with kids. What to do and what not to do, how to get kids hooked on gaming, etc. As well as a ton of board game recommendations for playing with kids, trying to suggest games that are still fun for adults too.

If anyone wants to check them out here's a link to a sitewide search for kids:
https://tabletopbellhop.com/?s=kids

The best games are the games where the players have actual choices and there are consequences for those choices. So I try to avoid deterministic games like Candyland and purely random games like Snakes and Ladders.

Some really quick suggestions starting from toddler up to teen:

Bingory, Zimbbos!, Laundry Jumble, Monza, Animal Upon Animal, Viva Topo, Mr. Fox, Outfoxed, Kids of Carcassonne, Catan Junior, Ghost Fightin Treasure Hunters, Hey That's My Fish, King of Tokyo, King Me!, Blokus, Qwirkle.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-25


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Are there any games that you subjectively just don't find 'fun' that you still play for other reasons?

I've played games that I don't find 'fun' just because I want to hang around in company that I enjoy/because the family wants to play them. The company makes them entertaining- I dont' find the game itself 'fun'. Examples for me are Monopoly, Life, Cards against Humanity.



# #

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
Yep, just like that :D
 
Many Euros. I play because my friend's wife tends to like Euros, so I play them when I game with the couple. I find Euros excite me less and less. The mechanics start to feel the same to me and it is about pulling the right levers at the right time to max your results. The lack of excitement and suspense in most Euros is what makes them generally not so interesting to me.

I do play with a variety of different gaming groups. I do get opportunities to play games I really enjoy. I understand everyone has different tastes and there may be times others play games that I like that they may not like so much. This is a social activity with diverse interests. I play to enjoy the company of others primarily and playing something I really like is secondary.

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-22


Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Do you watch/listen to other people play games? Let's play, twitch, or any other formats?

Sometimes I like reviews, but I get the better feeling for a game watching someone else play. With # I prefer to listen to podcasts to get the feel of the game, though I have watched a couple of solo sessions of Me, Myself, and Die- mostly because his characterizations are entertaining. But #, I have to watch to get the feel of them.

# #

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
I watch a lot of watch it played style tutorial videos but very few actual plays where it's just people playing the game.

I usually watch to remind myself of rules for games I've not played in some time, or to check to see if I played anything wrong.

I do listen to some AP podcasts but those are all closer to radio dramas than actual plays.
 

 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-19