Happy Tabletop Day!

itttd_2018_logo-300x300It’s the 28th of April – which means:


For those of you who don’t know, the internationally celebrated day is a chance for people to come together and celebrate, share, and play tabletop games.

What are tabletop games I hear you ask? Well tabletop games are anything which can be played on a table 😛 This includes board games, card games, role playing games (such as Dungeons and Dragons), dice games, and many more!

If the only tabletop games you can think of are Monopoly and poker, then please do yourself a favour and research some new games. I am saying this, not only because there are some amazing games out there but because Monopoly is the literal worse 😉

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Small Snippet of August

Small Snippet Aug

It has been a whole year since my very first Small Snippet post! A whole year! Looking back on that post, I still enjoy Paloma Faith, still use and love the Glasshouse candles, and … need to watch the third season of Veep. In fact I would say I am in need of a complete re-watch. I honestly cannot believe it has been a year since I started this reoccurring post, it has made things so much easier and (I think) it is an interesting and quick read.


Additionally it has been six months since my last Small Snippet post.

Six. Months.

Honestly that blows my mind, this year has flown by so fast! I feel like I should do a post to make up for all that time, but I will instead try and do an overview at the end of the year.


Looking back at my last Small Snippet, I was posting pictures of my Lego creator pack. I don’t have the time to take a picture of the last version of that set (which still has pride of place on my book case) but I will try and get a picture up next time.

logo (1)Bring Your Own Book Card Game

BYOB is little gem that has just recently had a successful Kickstarter campaign, but you can also pick it up for free and print it out yourself. The concept of the game is that everyone brings their own book (ala the title) and with gameplay similar to Cards Against Humanity, everyone gets to pick phases and excerpts from their text that match card prompts.

I have played this game about five times and each has been so very different. It really comes down to the books that you play with, so unlike CAH which has the potential to get stale, Bring Your Own Book is one that places a lot more choice with the players. I would highly recommended this game for any fan of reading, card games, and anyone who just likes taking things out of context.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game Online

PokemonTCG_Online_Logo-600x383Despite having numerous Pokemon cards as a young child, I was one of the people who collected the cards only to find my favourite Pokemon. The fact that some of the cards were very pretty and colourful may have also had something to do with my collecting them. So it is as an adult that I have come to actually play the Pokemon Trading Card Game (or Pokemon TCG).

The free-to-play game is one that follows the rules of normal pokemon card battles. I won’t go into detail here, mainly because there are so many but I will say that the website has a very detailed tutorial section for all the novices such as myself. Like most free to play games there are aspects were you can pay, however these come in the form of purchasing actual Pokemon cards. If you wish to get a better deck than the one received when you first start to play the game, then you simply have to purchase special card packs were you can scan or type in a code and receive the same cards online.

I will be the first to admit that I am not the best at the game but after winning a few games and creating my own deck, I have been swayed. The Pokemon TCG has my attention.

There are numerous ways in which you can play the Pokemon TCG. You can play against computerised trainers, have battles with other players in either ranked or practice matches, or battle your friends. In addition to this there are daily tournaments (although I have yet to see an active one), card trading services, and a story mode of sorts where you can battle pre-existing trainers. In addition to this you receive perks for each day you sign on, with perks ranging from card booster packs, money to be spent in the shop and tournament points.

If you have always wanted to play a game online but are afraid that your computer would not be able to handle it, or if you are simply not that skilled at playing combat games, then Pokemon TCG offers you the chance to slowly learn the game and choose the level at which to play yourself. If you do decide to give it a go, send a friend request to allvce, who knows we could play a game together. I promise to go easy, if you do too.

Cards Against Humanity

222Lets start out by stating that Cards Against Humanity is a disgusting, rude and offensive game. Coincidentally it is all of these qualities that make the game such a hilarious time.

At the start of the game, players are given 10 white cards that have phrases on them. These phrases range from people like ‘Stephen Hawking talking dirty,’ to actions such as, ‘actually taking candy from a baby’ to just statements like ‘being awesome at sex.’ The person who is chosen to start the game (the Card Czar) takes a black card and reads the statement, which contains a blank word. The remaining players then have to consult their white cards and chose one that fits the card. The cards are then placed face down in front of the Card Czar, who then proceeds to read out the sentence with the white cards inserted. After reading out the answers to the question, the Card Czar then picks their favourite.

This is where the strategy comes in, as in order to win the round you must choose cards that the person would be most likely to pick. There may be a person who always picks the most obscure or obscene answer. There may be people who are practical and pick the answer that makes the most sense. Or there may be people, who like me, pick the answer that made them laugh the most. There is no definite way of winning Cards Against Humanity, as the game is one that encourages remixing and different modes of play.

When I have played the game it has been the first to 10 points, however the rules do suggest playing towards a ‘happy ending’ where players construct a haiku and perform a dramatic reading.  A number of other playing styles are outlined in the rules as well as the game supplying numerous blank cards. Cards Against Humanity has a definite focus on having fun, with players being encouraged to explore new ways of playing.

There are so many questions and so many answer combinations out there, with each one appealing to different people. Cards Against Humanity seems to be a massively popular game at the moment, with Amazon constantly selling out of the game. However the makers of the game do offer a free version, where people can download the base game cards and print them off to play at home. The cards have also been fan translated into many different languages from Spanish, French, Italian, Pirate, German and many more.

After having played this game a number of times, my only piece of advice is to pick the people who you play with carefully, as nothing brings the game to a grinding stop more than someone getting offended or not refusing to get into the swing of the game. With the wide range of ways in which you can play the game, Cards Against Humanity is a game that is never boring.

TableTop Day

tabletopday_logoThe 5th of April marks the second International TableTop Day. For those who do not know, TableTop is a web series hosted by Wil Wheaton that explores board and card games. Co-produced by Felicia Day, the series is part of the larger company, Geek and Sundry. Each episode of TableTop sees a new game take centre stage as the rules are laid out before Will and three of his (often famous) friends then play the game.

TableTop Day is a day where people come together to play, you guessed it, tabletop games. The website of the Day offers lists of events that are taking place all over the globe. Clubs, conventions, stores, fans and even publishers are among the types of people hosting events. Lauded as a success last year, TableTop Day is one that has seen the registration of numerous different events, with the site even stating that in the previous year every continent, including Antarctica, participated.

At its very core, TableTop Day is a day that celebrates gaming and having fun with your friends and family. So whether you are an expert gamer or a complete novice, dust off those games and on the 5th of April, have some fun.

If you do make a day of it and celebrate TableTop Day, why not share the fun with the hashtag, #tabletopday

Once Upon a Time

onceuponOnce upon a Time is a story-telling card game that harks back to classical fairy tales. Created by Atlas Games this game is one that challenges players to create a story amongst themselves, all the while working towards individual and different endings.

The first time I encountered this game was on Geek and Sundry’s TableTop and it was a case instant love. Not only is the art incredibly beautiful but the example game play that was on the show was hilarious. Once Upon a Time is a game that is very welcoming to new comers and seasoned players alike, with stories being only limited to players imaginations.

The rules of the game are relatively simple, with players each being dealt a varying amount of cards (dependent on the number of players) and are charged with the task of telling a story that incorporates these cards. Examples of cards available in the game range from ‘Princess,’ ‘Journey,’ ‘Blind,’ ‘Palace,’  ‘Stepmother’ with many more being available in not only the starter deck but additional expansion packs. Each card is representative of a fundamental element found within fairytale lore. These cards fall under five different categories which include character, aspect, event, thing and place, and can be played at anytime during a persons turn at story telling.

Methods of ensuring an even flow of game play across players can done through the use of interrupt cards, phrase matching and player decided stops. Interrupt cards and phrase matching allow players to stop the current storyteller by matching symbols on held interrupt cards or when the story teller utters a phrase or word that appears on a card held another players. Additionally, if a player appears to be rambling or at a loss for words, players can interject and stop the storyteller, thus moving the story onto the next player.

My first time playing this game was with a few of my university, creative writing buddies and needless to say it was lots of fun. After more than three hours and over six games, the range of stories had seen ugly giants looking for love, a human-eating horse names Rufus Hoofus and an extended adventure of a nearly always naked, Sinbad.

The best moments to be had with Once Upon a Time are in the number of twists and turns that a story can take as each player battles it out to end the story the way they want it. The final moments as a player weaves an agreeable and often case bittersweet ending, are what that make this game such a delight.

The sheer amount of fun and enjoyment that can be had with Once Upon a Time are truly only limited by players imaginations.