International TableTop Day is the latest greatest Geek holiday.  Created as a call to action by the folks behind Geek & Sundry.  The purpose is to get fans of the TableTop web-series and the general public more involved in table top style games.  March 30, 2013 marks the inaugural celebration of the holiday.  My family is celebrating with a rousing game of Settlers of Catan at home.  Like my page on Facebook for our official TableTop Day pictures.  If you’re looking for a little more community than those you have at home, the official website has a locator map of those participating in the world-wide event.

International TableTop Day

What exactly is International TableTop Day?

It’s a day celebrating games played on a table top instead of on a console or computer.  Table top games encourage communication, strategy, and interpersonal skills.  If you’re playing Monopoly you’ll also need tact and diplomacy.  From my personal experience, with no statistics whatsoever to back it up, table top gamers are interview-rockstars!  These are valuable skills that most people are missing.  Events are being hosted all over the world to celebrate March 30th, but you don’t have to attend a big community event.  I’ll be spending the day with family playing one of our favorite table top games.  The bottom-line is that on at least this one day you get together with people and have fun face to face.

What exactly are Table Top Games?

It’s actually very straightforward.  As the name implies, they’re games played on a table top.
Examples include:

  • Monopoly
  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Poker (or other traditional card games)
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Munchkin

This list is just to give you an example of the breadth of table top games.  They can be “geeky” or traditional “family games”.

Is it worth it to go out and celebrate this event?

Absolutely!  There are going to be giveaways via the official website.  A peek at these giveaways can be found on Wil Wheaton’s site.  Personally, I recommend a few games of Settlers of Catan.  It’s a great game for beginners.  Settlers of Catan has a lot of expansions to allow more players or more game mechanics.  It’s nonstop fun for hours.

Leave a comment and let me know if you’ll be celebrating International TableTop Day.  If you do what will you be playing?