April 30th is Tabletop Day, a game for playing board games and other games with your friends, and in our case, eat loads of pizza.
We’re a bit nerdy and love card and board games, from the classics like Monopoly and Scrabble (not that anyone will play that with me anymore) to fun contemporary games like Cards Against Humanity, Tesla vs. Edison, or Forbidden Desert.
We play cooperative and competitive games, and I always win, even when I don’t.
A bunch of our friends came round, we raided the cupboard for games (we have quite a selection) and set up for a great day of gaming. And pizza, thanks Papa John! Poor delivery guy.
We worked our way through seven board and card games.
Never Mind the Buzzcocks the board game – based on the TV music panel show. Teams compete to answer music themed questions including Intros, Songs in a Sentence, True or False and others. My team won a resounding victory.
Exploding Kittens NSFW edition – I backed the original version of this on Kickstarter and the NSFW was a bonus. In it you compete to avoid being blown up and undermine your competitors. We played three rounds and I won one.
Forbidden Desert – a cooperative game where you work together to find the missing pieces of your airship and reach the launchpad without the storm burying you in sand or anyone running out of water – we lost when my cousin’s canteen ran dry!
Regnum Angelica – there is a war raging between the powers of heaven and hell. You are either angels or the fallen and must battle your way across the board – described by today’s combatants as a bit like American football or chess but better.
Bad Medicine – you play competing drug companies creating new treatments for a variety of bizarre ailments. You must create a cure, then convince your fellow players that this is the best treatment despite some peculiar side effects.
Articulate – this was probably the most classic game we played. We adapted it to make it harder, cutting it from 2 minutes of guessing to just one and we went round the board twice. This was probably the most competitive game we played, luckily we had an umpire to referee all the carrying on.
Cards Against Humanity – known for being a game for horrible people with dark senses of humour, we wrapped our day up with this hugely popular card game. Turns out we’re really twisted. You decide what that means…
My friend Will was today’s overall TableTop Champion, as he won the most rounds individually and in teams. There was no prize except the deep sense of satisfaction winning things provides.
Can’t wait till next year.