International Tabletop Day Brings Gamers Together

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CULLMAN – Three years ago, sci-fi celebrity Wil Wheaton wanted to bring people together to have fun in the world of tabletop games. On Saturday, local residents came together at the Comfort Inn Suites to meet new people, have fun and learn about new games. 

Leslie Sanders and her brother Boomer Barr have organized the event for two years now, and are happy to share their love of tabletop games. The room, set up with several tables and refreshments, hosted several different groups of players all enjoying a different type of game. Sanders stated that her brother provided the games from his vast collection.

“Boomer is a big tabletop guy,” Sanders said with a chuckle. “He has so many different games, it’s crazy. I enjoy them too, though. They are a lot of fun, and I really enjoy them. But my brother started watching Wil Wheaton’s tabletop videos, and that got him into different types of games and how he eventually learned about International Tabletop Day.”

 

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Posted by Cullman Table Top Day on Saturday, April 11, 2015

The event has started out small, but is steadily growing, according to Sanders.

“Today has went pretty well,” she said. “We’ve had a few games going pretty steadily throughout the day, and we have had more games going at once today than we did last year. People will come in and out throughout the day, though and that’s what we wanted. We’re just hoping more people will come join us every year and have fun together.”

Having fun seemed to be happening all around the room as players dove into strategy games, dice games, card games and more. One participant was new to the area and happy to have found an event where she could meet new friends.

“Well I haven’t been in Cullman for very long and I found a group on meetup.com called North Alabama Board Gamers in Huntsville,” she said.

“And we have just recently started a group in Cullman that meets on Thursdays at Denny’s, and Boomer has been a few times and he told me about this event. I have really enjoyed it, because this is my way of socializing and meeting new people.”

Tabletop gaming is once again growing in popularity and variety. More and more people across the nation are finding that cutting the cord to the controller and sitting down to a game at the table can be just as entertaining.

For more information on Tabletop Day and Cullman’s group, visit Facebook.com/CullmanTabletop.