Ryan Thomason

Watching Tabletop Makes Me Wish I Had Friends

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Not that I don’t have friends, I just….*CRIES*

Only a couple of years ago, I only knew of Wil Wheaton, he was the guy that played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek Next Generation and for some reason as I grew up nurturing my Geekyness that was the only place my brain cataloged Mr. Wheaton. That changed when I heard him on the Penny Arcade podcast playing D&D, all of a sudden, that part of my brain unlocked and when I saw his name somewhere, I noticed. Now that I’m a creepy internet stalker of Wil Wheaton (his twitter and blog at least) I of course have been anticipating this new show since his announcement about playing host on Tabletop on Youtube under the Felicia Day helmed Geeks and Sundry channel. That last sentence was a big of verbiage diarrhea for me, damn.

Let me recollect myself, take a couple of deep breaths and get my brain organized.

Ok. Tabletop Episode one saw Wheaton playing against Sean Plott (host of “Day9TV”, a Starcraft II dedicated webcast on how to be a better gamer), Grant Imahara (host of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters”), and Jenna Busch (geek blogger, writer and host), what did they play? Small World!

The episode starts out with Wheaton (come on, just saying his last name is the superior way to go) describing the game for those of use who’ve never had a chance to play and wanted to get a quick overview of the basics. This come complete with graphics of the game pieces that are actually, nicely done. It could have easily looked like a giant pile of crap so kudos to them for putting money in the budget to make sure the animation was nicely done. After the overview, we got about 20 minutes or so of watching them play Small World, obviously they fast forwarded through parts of the game. What you watch is a nicely packed episode that was highly entertaining and really just makes you want to get some people together and play some tabletop games. Hell, we even got a shocking ending where the person who ended up winning was, well, lucky. Wheaton does a great job playing host, you can tell that he is obviously very comfortable getting people excited about tabletop games and keeps everything just damn fun. Also, he’s a decent impressionist, or not, just watch and see.

I can’t wait to see the next episode, which looks like Settlers of Catan.

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