12 October 2013

A Word on Boardgames and a Related Web Series

Not too long ago I wrote a blog post dealing with my love-hate relationship with things like collectible card games and eSports. In a nutshell, I said I tend to find them fascinating as geek phenomena—and interesting to watch, for moderate periods of time—but much too boring, repetitive or stressful to actually participate in. Here's a little addendum, regarding more recent activities.

I only very briefly alluded to boardgames, but everything I said applies equally to them. I just do not like to play boardgames. Or, as I believe the word should actually be spelled, 'bored games'. I tend to find them either really boring, repetitive or limited in scope, or competitive and/or stressful in a way that I really don't like. I think there was a time in my youth when I was more open toward different types of gaming, but as I grow older I seem to steer more and more clear from that type of thing. I've got better things to do with my time, like playing a cool video game or roleplaying game.

Cut to the present. Apparently I managed to acquire some slight cold symptoms, so I decided to have a couple lazy, unproductive days (as opposed to the unintentionally unproductive days that take up most of my time). I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but looking on YouTube for something to kill time with, I ended up watching an episode of Wil Wheaton's show Tabletop. I've watched, and enjoyed, a bunch of stuff from the Geek & Sundry channel, but, believe it or not, had never watched a single episode of Tabletop. Mostly for the reasons outlined above, i.e. how I really don't like boardgames. But somehow over the course of a few days I ended up watching the Entire. Friggin'. Series. That's, like, thirty episodes to date.

Um, yeah, if you don't, for some reason, know what Tabletop is, it's a show, on YouTube, where in each episode Wil Wheaton plays a board game (or card game or occasionally a tabletop RPG) with a bunch of guests. It's a surprisingly fun thing to watch. The guests are cool. The banter is funny. The games are... well, some are more interesting than others, but the people make even the ones I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole in real life fun to watch.

And no, the experience has not made me, even remotely, want to play boardgames any more than before. Like I said, some things are interesting as phenomena, and cool to watch, in moderate doses.

And... I guess that's about all I had to say about that. Now I gotta think of something to do the rest of the weekend...

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