Tabletop Season 4 Lineup Released

GS-Tabletop-LogoWil Wheaton posted the game lineup for Tabletop’s season four, which begins filming in a few days. Filming of past seasons have taken approximately two weeks. On the list are:

  • Champions of Midgard, a Viking-themed worker placement game.
  • Codenames, a party game. This will be played with six players instead of the normal four players on Tabletop.
  • Dragon Farkle, a variant of the popular dice matching game.
  • Eldritch Horror, the world-spanning Cthulhu game.
  • Fate Core, a roleplaying game.
  • Flash Point: Fire Rescue, a cooperative game of firefighting.
  • Fury of Dracula, the third edition of the game featuring hunters chasing Dracula through Europe.
  • Harbour, a worker placement game set in a seaside city.
  • Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, a tile-laying game. This was a 2015 Mensa Select Winner.
  • Misspent Youth, a roleplaying game about teenage rebels.
  • Monarch, a set collection game centered around heirs to the throne.
  • Mysterium, the cooperative game of a ghost communicating to the living via dreams.
  • Star Realms, a deckbuilder about starship combat.
  • Star Trek: Five-Year Mission, a cooperative dice placement game.
  • Steam Park, a create-your-own steampunk amusement park game.
  • Tiny Epic Galaxies, a very small galactic empire area control game.
  • Welcome To The Dungeon, a push your luck dungeon delve.

Season 4 of Tabletop will be released starting in June or July.

Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, the roleplaying game spinoff show from Geek & Sundry’s TableTop, debuted yesterday with two episodes. “Chapter 0” is an twenty minute introduction to the setting and characters, which is followed by the first actual play video. (Watch here:

The show was funded as a stretch goal from the TableTop Season 3 crowdfunding campaign at IndieGoGo, which raised $1,414,159 over the course of a month with contributions from over twenty-two thousand people. Wil Wheaton, host of Titansgrave and TableTop, has said he’s always wanted to feature roleplaying games in TableTop, but the format of the boardgame show didn’t work to feature an actual roleplaying campaign. Branching a roleplaying game campaign out into a separate show would allow him to deliver “a season of narrative storytelling that’s as compelling and interesting and shocking and moving and exciting as any fully-scripted program on television,” he said. While TableTop has featured roleplaying games before, they were mostly one-off games like Dread or Fiasco.

Green Ronin's Chris Pramas on the set of Titansgrave.

Green Ronin’s Chris Pramas on the set of Titansgrave.

Pre-production began in late 2014, with Wil Wheaton working with his son, Ryan, and Green Ronin‘s Nicole Lindroos and Chris Pramas in the development of the campaign’s setting and storyline. “This project has basically eaten my life for the last six months,” remarked Chris Pramas. The game uses the AGE (Adventure Game Engine) system that Green Ronin created for the Dragon Age RPG, which was featured in a two-part TableTop episode. The AGE system was chosen because Wil wanted to use something that would “facilitate storytelling and character-based roleplaying. I wanted an elegant system that let the players do awesome things a lot of the time…. I didn’t want a system that was overly burdened with charts and math and minis and everything that I feel kind of gets in the way of us making up a story and telling it together.”

The game was played over a five day period in late March and early April. Ten episodes will be released weekly, telling the story of the campaign.

Several items about the game played in Titansgrave will be released over the next few months. The Fantasy AGE book from Green Ronin and the Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana world and adventure book — the “very first adventure campaign created for [Fantasy AGE]” — are planned on a Gen Con 2015 release. Chris Pramas explains that Fantasy AGE “is a core rulebook for the system and you can use it with a huge variety of settings. Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana is a book that features world information and supporting rules, and the adventures that are featured on the show. This means you can play your own version of the campaign the cast got to experience.” Several sci-fi and fantasy authors have been contacted to develop short pieces of fiction for Titansgrave, said Wil Wheaton. “Holy crap you guys, some amazing writers are going to be working with us,” he said.

Image from Green Ronin.

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6VhMGIt’s been announced that International TableTop Day will take place on April 11th in 2015. While they’re not taking submissions for events just yet, you can sign up to get more information as it’s released.

Last year there were over 3,000 registered events covering all 7 continents and over 80 countries.

I can’t wait to register my event and to celebrate such an awesome gamer holiday.

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tabletopday_logoAfter a very successful first year, Geek & Sundry’s International Tabletop Day is back! This year they’ve announced it will be on April 5th.

International TableTop Day 2013 was a huge success — we had 3,123 gaming events in 64 countries worldwide, including every state and province in North America and every continent on the planet (yes, even researchers in Antarctica were playing.) With your continued support, we’re hoping to make International TableTop Day 2014 even bigger!

So get out there and participate! There’s already a bunch of events registered, and you can even register your own.