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!