This was my family’s 2nd year running the community’s International Tabletop Day at the Somerset Public Library. International Tabletop Day was started in 2013 by Geek & Sundry and the Tabletop TV show with Will Wheaton, and is designed to promote the hobby of card, board, and pen-and-paper role-playing games — brought players together for 3,123 gaming sessions over 64 countries and across seven continents.
Our family is REALLY into games, so we look forward to helping with this each year. I highly recommend this as an activity for your local homeschooling group as a way to connect with others in the community as well as other homeschoolers. We were fortunate enough to meet a few new homeschooling families who were just as crazy about games as we were, as well as community members.
Pandemic is a favorite for me as is any game where the players team up against the board and chance to test their skills and teamwork. Other games in this category are Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert and Elder Sign.
In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.
The game board depicts several major population centers on Earth. On each turn, a player can use up to four actions to travel between cities, treat infected populaces, discover a cure, or build a research station. A deck of cards provides the players with these abilities, but sprinkled throughout this deck are Epidemic!cards that accelerate and intensify the diseases’ activity. A second, separate deck of cards controls the “normal” spread of the infections.
Taking a unique role within the team, players must plan their strategy to mesh with their specialists’ strengths in order to conquer the diseases. For example, the Operations Expert can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases and which allow for greater mobility between cities; the Scientist needs only four cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal five—but the diseases are spreading quickly and time is running out. If one or more diseases spreads beyond recovery or if too much time elapses, the players all lose. If they cure the four diseases, they all win!
Dungeon Command and Pathfinder are both Dungeons & Dragons style games (role playing games). My kids really love these!
Dungeon Command is a fun, fast, competitive DUNGEONS & DRAGONS tabletop game experience in which players assemble their miniatures war bands, build battlegrounds and pit their war bands against one another for ultimate victory. This card-based, dice less D&D game emphasizes player skill and creativity over luck. The Heart of Cormyr pack introduces the Heroes faction. The game pack includes 12 nonrandomized prepainted plastic miniatures tied closely to the undead theme, as well as corresponding creature cards and 4 double-sided interlocking card stock terrain tiles used for building skirmish battlegrounds.
Pathfinder by Alliance Games is described as:
Take your first steps into an exciting world of fantasy adventure with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box! Within you”ll find simple rules to create and customize your own hero, as well as a robust system to run your character through challenging adventures and deadly battles against villainous monsters like goblins and dragons! The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box is packed with everything you need to get started with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, an imaginative tabletop fantasy adventure game for 2-5 players. Scores of monsters, challenges, and advice give gamers the tools to create their own worlds and adventure, providing countless hours of gaming excitement. With streamlined rules and a focus on action-packed heroic adventure, this deluxe boxed set is the ideal introduction to the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and the best starting point for a lifetime of pulse-pounding adventure!
Story War is a new card game that my youngest absolutely loves. It takes a lot of imagination and creativity to make up a story and justify to the “judge” why your team of monsters should win the battle.
It’s a card game for 3 to 8 players that combines storytelling and combat! It’s more about creativity and alluding to pop culture (or just regular culture) than it is about math or numbers. It’ll usually take about an hour to play a full game, but each 5 to 10 minute turn feels like a discrete unit of fun, so you can really just play for as few or as many turns as you want.
Players choose a Warrior card (like Medusa or Puss In Boots) from their hand to represent them in battle, then multiple players must work together as a team to defeat the players on the other side of the table. They can also use Treasure cards (like Excalibur or Flying Carpet) to get them out of a tight spot and turn the battle around! Each battle is also set on a Battlefield (like Beanstalk or Sleepy Village) and players can use the terrain to their advantage.
I hope you check out International Tabletop Day next year or even consider finding a space to run your own event. You can easily do it in your very own home with just your family members – and celebrate being together.