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Fiasco at the International Tabletop Game Day

Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day
Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day

Saturday March 30th was the International Tabletop Gaming Day and all over the country and around the world people were playing tabletop games of all kinds.  At White Cap Comics in Grand Rapids, Michigan from noon to 6 p.m. folks came to the store to shop and to play games and many stayed and played games all day.

Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day
Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day

A wide variety of games were played from the #1 board game – Mayfair‘s Settlers of Catan – to card games and roleplaying games like Fiasco by Bully Pulpit Games.

The staff at White Cap Comics made sure that everyone had a good time at the store but certain aspects of the day did turn out to be a bit of a fiasco too with folks leaving a bit disappointed with the expected outcome of the day.

Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day
Playing Fiasco at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day

White Cap Comics was one of the stores that had paid months in advance to be able to provide their customers with the great prizes that Alliance Game Distributors had promised to the stores for a $500 buy in and that the folks at Alliance and  Geek and Sundry Tabletop Day had been touting for months with comments like, “collect all the exclusive promotional items made specifically to commemorate this.

 

List of Tabletop Game Day from Alliance Game Distributors
List of Tabletop Game Day from Alliance Game Distributors

With International Tabletop Game Day being pushed by Alliance Game Distributors, being touted by Geek and Sundry, and the major players in the tabletop gaming industry Mayfair, Wizards of the Coast, Steve Jackson Games, and others supposedly behind it encouraging attendees to “collect all the exclusive promotional items” and paying $500 for the premium kit, folks might expect that the store would have been provided enough promotional items for more than one person to “Collect all” the promotional items.

Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day
Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day

Unfortunately that was not the case.  For an additional $50 the store could have purchased another box of promotional items to cover a second person.  So for $5450 the store could have had enough for the hundred or so customers that passed through the store to collect all the promotional items that Alliance Gaming Distributors, Geek and Sundry, and the gaming industry been promoting.

Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day
Fun at White Cap Comics Tabletop Game Day

Brick and mortar stores like White Cap Comics work hard to promote positive hobbies like board, card, roleplaying and other games and provide space and a home after school to lots of kids that might otherwise be home alone or out getting into trouble after school, on weekends, and during the summer as well as for adults to gather for a game.

Retail stores like White Cap Comics understand that the economy has been bad and Michigan has seen its worst economy over the past decade so folks around here understand economic hardship and disappointment, but when the gaming industry has posted its fourth year of consecutive growth, companies like Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast, Mayfair, and others are looking like scrooges or bailout bank CEOs who are walking away with overflowing pockets at the expense of taxpayers.

While the folks at White Cap Comics made certain that everyone that came had a great time and were apologetic to those that had bought into the “Collect them all” hype, the gaming industry has major egg on its face but is happily sitting on a load of cash to ease their conscience.

A final note on the Tabletop Game Day, the $500 the store paid was to also include 30 to 60 seconds on Geek and Sundry’s live Tabletop Day broadcast.  The White Cap Comics AV staff spent hours of preparations for the broadcast, purchased new equipment including an HD camera and studio headphones, installed a cable connection, and had 3 laptops and an extra webcam as backups to ensure that the store would be ready for its appearance on Geek and Sundry’s Tabletop broadcast.

After waiting for hours the Geek and Sundry announce they were going life to the store and then they crashed.  For about half an hour there was no response and then:

“TABLETOPDAY .:hey guys, again, sorry for the crash
TABLETOPDAY .: kernal panics are no fun
TABLETOPDAY .: we’re done with the first half of the broadcast though – see you soon!”

They then went offline and didn’t respond when asked how long was “soon!”

They finally responded at 7:04 Eastern with, “hi priscilla! sorry about all the confusion – once the computer crashed it killed the skype feed. we were offline until 3! if you’re around later, though, there’s a chance we could call you back!”

At that point the store was closed and folks were going home.

So to the folks at Geek and Sundry, “‘redundancy’ is a popular term among geeks in the tech industry, you might want to look it up.”  To the folks at Alliance Game Distributors and in the gaming industry, “Did you intentionally mislead your customers or are you just out of touch?”  Finally, to all the gamers worldwide – “Game on and see you at Gen Con!”

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Join the world in a game – International Tabletop Game Day 2013

Don't get trapped, come to International Tabletop Game Day!
Don’t get trapped, come to International Tabletop Game Day!

 

On Saturday March 30th, 2013 around the nation and across the globe men, women, and children will be gathering at their favorite, local game stores for the International Table Top Game Day to play their favorite and soon to be favorite games! International Table Top Game Day is the brain child and passion of well known actor, gamer geek extraordinaire, and creator of the hit Youtube show “Tabletop”, Wil Wheaton, and falls on the one year anniversary of his show “Tabletop”.

The show promotes taking the time to set aside our cell phones, iPads, laptops, and to sit down and interact with real live people over a tabletop game. Dice and counting games are a great way for kids to learn to count. Miniature games are great for learning strategy, and roleplaying games are great for learning social interaction as well as acting skills. Games teach kids of all ages to interact, reason, and grow intellectually while having a great time.

Enjoy the International Tabletop Game Day but please stay off the tabletops!
Enjoy the International Tabletop Game Day but please stay off the tabletops!

This year on International Tabletop Game Day Felicia Day‘s Geek and Sundry will be broadcasting live and one hundred stores will be streaming their events live and will be contacted by one of the Geek and Sundry folks during the day. The Weird Review will be at one of those premium locations, White Cap Comics at 430 Cummings Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 where folks will be sharing the table top love with Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day through photos and video.

Lots of games will be available to choose from including  Settlers of CatanChez Geek, and Ticket to Ride or fresh off the line and out of the box games like The Resistance and Jennisodes Project Ninja Panda Taco.

Cosplayers and family friendly costumes welcome!
Cosplayers and family friendly costumes welcome!

For the Western Michigan Cosplayers, this is the weekend before Shuto Con so it would be a great time to try out your new cosplay or say good-bye to an old one with one last appearance (just keep it family friendly as there will be children present!)

So come on out to White Cap Comics and join the world in a game from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday March 30th!

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