The third annual International TableTop Day was last Saturday, and according to reports across the Internet, it was the most successful and joyous TableTop Day yet! Games were donated by some of the top companies (our friends at Looney Labs and Steve Jackson Games among them) as well as by the folks at Geek & Sundry, and the puzzle game community came together once again to prove how amazing and warm puzzlers and gamers can be.
For the second year in a row, we at PuzzleNation had our own little TableTop Day event with our friends at Penny/Dell Puzzles, and it was great fun! Games were played, an insane amount of sugary treats were prepared, snacks were consumed, and fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers were introduced to some terrific games.
I raided my personal puzzle and game collection to provide some choice offerings for my fellow puzzlers, and readers of the blog will no doubt recognize several items from previous product reviews!
Here’s the full rundown of games we had:
- Apples to Apples (Mattel)
- 12 Days (Gamesmith)
- Fluxx, Pink Hijinks, Holiday Fluxx, Loonacy, Just Desserts (Looney Labs)
- Qwirkle (Mindware)
- Jenga (Hasbro)
- Timeline (Asmodee)
- Gloom (Atlas Games)
- Tsuro (Calliope Games)
- Schmovie (Galactic Sneeze)
- ROFL (Cryptozoic)
- Name 5 (Endless Games)
- Guillotine (Wizards of the Coast)
- All Queens Chess, Rush Hour Shift (ThinkFun)
(Sadly, a lot of personal favorites had to be excluded because they would take more than 30 minutes to play, like some of the offerings from Cheapass Games and other great companies, and it was a work day. I promise, this is a fraction of my full puzzle and game collection.)
Timeline proved to be one of the biggest hits of the day, because it’s so simple to play and offers endless replay value. (Especially with seven different editions of the game to choose from!)
I also managed to win my first game of Jenga in what seems like a decade!
There was plenty of switching between games as well. Here, a game of Just Desserts immediately followed a round of Bananagrams Wild Tiles!
But that wasn’t all! To include fellow puzzlers who couldn’t attend the event in person, we had our own Hashtag Game running in-house all day. Inspired by both @midnight hashtag games and our friends at Schmovie, we had a contest to create “Penny/Dell Puzzle Movies.”
I’ll be posting ALL of the entries on Friday, but here are a few favorites:
- The Scarlet Letterboxes
- Schindler’s List-A-Crostic
- Double Trouble Indemnity
All in all, it was an awesome time. Hope everyone enjoyed!
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