Table Top Day (Part 2)

Happy Official Table Top Day!

Table Top Day is not all about board games.  There are several other ways in which to game without electricity, should the need arise.

Pencil/Paper gaming. Not always thought of as a table top game, in the traditional sense, but it certainly qualifies.  The most famous, and most controversial,of these, is Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).

When most people think of D&D, they think of kids casting spells, and other untrue myths.  True, there can be cosplay involved (which is more accepted in society now as the anime/comic cons have become tremendously famous over the years), but for the most part, it is just acting out scenes in order to help set the stage for what events are occurring. It is on par with what role playing video games are about, just with characters brought to life in the form of often homemade costumes.

The easiest way that I have found for myself to understand where the characters are in relation to each other and NPCs is to use a map sheet. This consist of the location of the area in which the story arc is occurring with squares enabling the player to easily decide which way to move.  The miniatures used can be as simple as pieces or tokens borrowed from board games, or the elaborate miniatures that can be purchased in some comic shops, or online.

The game requires character sheets which consist of the stats and feats of the character.  This enables the player to figure out  his/her damage, hit points, and other stats.  The feats are written down and and adjusted accordingly as the characters “level up” (again, typical of role playing video games).

The “Dungeon Master” (DM) is the person who makes up the story line, and controls Non Playable Characters (NPC).  He/she can control the story that unfolds as decisions are made by the players.

There have been different versions of the books of D&D over the years. The version that we are using currently is 3.5. The next release was 4.0, but seemed to be unpopular, at least with the players that I have talked to.  D&D next is even more frustrating.

There are other pencil/paper games out there, the other one that I have played is Star Wars.  Pretty self-explanatory.  I have played both live in person, and over the internet in a forum format. ( think that if you search very hard, you can still find the campaign online somewhere. I will have to see if I can find it, just for kicks.)

Trading card games are also popular; the ones that I can think of off the top of my head are Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon. Surprisingly, Pokemon is played by all ages; from kids to adults. “Go” is another game played, based on the manga “Hikaru No Go”, Yumi Hotta.  Instructions for all these games can be found by Google.

 

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~ by LibraryGamer2979 on April 5, 2014.

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