April 28, 2011

Epic Throwback: Tabletop Games are Most Certainly NOT Dead.

My grandpa and great-uncle are more than happy to condemn the hell out of this generation for being lazy. They talk a massive mountain of crap about video games, stating that “people would be less lazy and socially inept without them.” They fail to recognize that nerds created the gaming culture, and not the other way around. Back in their day, they didn’t have video games. They had comic books, collectibles, and good old tabletop games.  Roleplaying games with rulebooks the size of phone directories, war games with miniatures scattered all over the table, and all sorts of other board games once enjoyed the same position as video games now do. While there were some that were considered “normal” and “fun for the whole family”, others were so incredibly complex that only the nerdest of the nerds could interpret them.

^This predates World of Warcraft by like three generations.

I took a trip down to Wilmington, North Carolina a little over a week ago to visit a fellow Aspect member. While I was in town, I stopped by a local popular game shop, Cape Fear Games. What I saw inside surprised me. This store apparently sees just as much traffic every day as  every single clothing store in the mall does. It’s not just the same guys, either. A purchase is made at least every five minutes, and there are always people in the back, gaming. They sold Warhammer 40,000 products, Magic: The Gathering cards and products, various RPG books (including GURPS, 3.5, and Pathfinder), and all sorts of supplies and other board games. I visit this store every time I come to town, and each time I leave with something. Be it new and interesting board games, Pathfinder RPG equipment, or cards for MTG, I pretty much make myself buy at least one item. Even if I don’t particularly need it (I don’t NEED any of it), it feels good to support a subculture that isn’t constantly raging about who is more legit and pro than the others.

^Although I still maintain that these guys have way more creative drive than most MMORPG players.

I’ve tried out many of these popular tabletop games, and they’re just as fun as any video game. So, if you’ve never tried, give it a shot! There’s at least one game store in almost every major city, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find one within an hour drive. Have you played some of these? How do you think the community is faring? Are you an elitist about your particular D&D edition? Comment below!


  1. CharcoalCoyote - May 2, 2011 4:30 pm

    You’ll have to join us sometime. There’s a virtual online tabletop system I’ve just discovered called OpenRPG, and I’m going to start running a D&D game in a few weeks with many of my clan members. I’m a novice DM, but the more the merrier.

  2. Kamiki - May 2, 2011 3:36 pm

    I, sadly, have never played Warhammer. /Wince I know, I know, absolutely horrid. However, I do play DnD on occasion, though we don’t really play to a strict set of rules. We try, but sometimes we get bored and play a version called Zombies. Loads of fun! =D

  3. ScrotusKilmystr - April 29, 2011 6:57 pm

    I read the back story for warhammer 40k and thought it was truly epic but never had the chance to play. In my younger days DnD was a good time and something alittle lighter called axies & allies which was allot of fun re-enacting ww2 having my nazi hoardes sitting across the east coast of the US made things intresting

  4. CharcoalCoyote - April 29, 2011 3:34 pm

    One of the first games I ever bought there at CFG. I’m quite good at it, and it’s a really fun game. However, the fun family favorite seems to be Carcassonne. So simple, so fun, and there’s quite a bit of strategy to it, even though there’s also the luck factor. Plus, Catan and Carcassonne have like a million expansions apiece, so it stays fun. What I wanna know is if anyone has ever played twilight imperium. It’s like… a six hour space epic strategy game

  5. thsoundman - April 29, 2011 2:38 pm

    Have any of you guys ever play Settlers of Catan? This is totally unrelated to warhammer but it’s a fun tabletop game none the less.

  6. thsoundman - April 29, 2011 2:37 pm

    I rememmber seeing guys sink big money into “warhammer bbattlefields” They would buy all of the pieces and then paint them Once they were painted they would create these massive battle fields. I remember them then useing the cards to base their piece movements around. It was really quite interesting to watch and it wa spretty neat to watchthem build a 6×6 table worth of warhammer figurines.

  7. AceOfNades69 - April 28, 2011 9:42 pm

    I have a Necron army I still use with my friends when we get out the warhammer 40k stuff. I have also played they many versions of D&D, Star Wars RPG, ShadowRun….all good stuff. I am also looking into trying out Rogue Trader.

  8. T8 - April 28, 2011 2:42 pm

    warhammer was fun back in the day. I didnt get into it too heavily but i still know some guys that play ( they are also the group i play DnD with). Anyways good nostalgic read CC.

  9. AiR - April 28, 2011 10:49 am

    wasnt logged in lol. but yea good ole imagination.

  10. Anonymous - April 28, 2011 10:47 am

    nothing like some good ole plastic soldiers and some fireworks. 🙂

  11. zero_19 - April 28, 2011 9:39 am

    Wow…I played Warhammer 40k about 12 years ago I guess?


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