What Are Tabletop Games?

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The popularity of tabletop games steadily increases. There are more and more people playing this kind of game. A huge number of events and tournaments regarding tabletop games is a good forecast for their producers and players. The purpose of taking part in such events varies from person to person. Some fans just enjoy their free time while others make real money on it. This article will point out important facts and show a little bit of the history of tabletop games. Many of the games require additional skills, such as logical thinking and basic Math, thus they are not meant for the people who are minors with no sufficient education yet.


Historical insight

Tabletop games are a kind of RPG (role-playing game). Ancient strategic games are the roots of what we today know as board games. Their prototype is chess that was the basis of wargames. Chainmail got released in 1971 and then, in 1974 Dungeons & Dragons took over the world. This boom on the market was followed by many new games and companies, such as Empire of the Petal Throne. Due to the huge success of D&D, it has been called a precursor for other role-playing games since that time. In the early ’80s, tough days happened in the D&D’s fantasy world. Some people said that wargames had caused unfavorable and destructive psychological effects on the fans. Gratefully, the proponents stood up for the game and claimed it had a positive impact on their social life. Nowadays, it is one of the industries that is worth thousands of dollars and the fans are spread all over the world to share their hobby with others.


Differences between tabletop and board games

Many fans use these words interchangeably. However, but not always that would be correct. Let’s see the real differences between them. They may seem quite confusing in the beginning, but even the fans are barely aware of the slight differences that might appear between the terms.

Basically, board games are pre-packaged and they come in a set that consists of a board, rules, pawns and some pieces while tabletop games are a collection of a rule book and miniatures.

Board games – they are to be finished during one session. They come in a box that includes components, a rule book, and a game. Players cannot impact events while playing the games. They can only rely on their experience and general knowledge. Card games are included in board gaming.

RPGs (role-playing games) – the games are frequently not finished during one session. The gamers play using the rules that can be applied to a game. New rules are an expansion to the existing games. There is no winner or loser. The roleplay mustn’t include any secret tricks or mechanics.

Wargames – The closest association to board games and they have nearly the same packaging. The most valuable is a history-related theme. Some of the rules have more power than others. Additionally, it could be split into miniature and historical games.

What tabletop games are the most known?

Regions, cities, countries and personal preferences are the indicators for the most popular game in an area.

  1. Arkham Horror (Third Edition) – takes about 4 hours or more to play it. It is third edition and a fantasy version of Arkham Horror
  2. Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles- based on Star Wars’ spaceship theme
  3. Betrayal Legacy- themed to D&D
  4. Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress- full option of Warhammer 40,000 with some additional minis
  5. Detective: A modern crime board game- Ambience of Sherlock Holmes
  6. Keyforge: Call of the archons- said to be “world’s first Unique Deck Game”
  7. My little scythe- originally meant to look like My Little Pony. Designed by a 5 years old kid and her father
  8. Root: A game of woodland might and right- styled as Night in the Woods
  9. Rising sun- earned more than 4 million dollars on Kickstarter in 2018
  10. Shadows in the forest – a modern version of an old-school game


Why should you play tabletop games?

In a digital world, full of tablets and smartphones, people try to find ways to keep old-fashioned communication. Board and tabletop games push their gamers to have a real face- interaction with other fans. This way of communication that step by step gets forgotten. People tend to talk through social media tools and online communicators and that’s the reason for the unconscious disappearing the real-life contact. Players improve their mental health by competing with others and gathering together in one place, for instance, during tournaments. Sooner or later we feel happier and satisfied. As human beings, we are made by nature to compete with other competitors. The need may be met by attending an event or a minis tournament. A single battle could be sufficient to feel a positive impact on our minds. Moreover, a great number of people make a living out of board gaming. There many examples of it, such as sculpting and painting miniatures, and selling the final product to the fans. Game producers launch fresh games to attract new fans. Event managers take a chance of organizing tournaments and competitions. There are a few other examples of making money on table gaming, such as complementary products that are cases for miniatures, brushes, etc. There are hundreds of business affairs involved in the gaming world, so it can be called an industry. Not all people are business-oriented. The enthusiasts frequently promote the sentimental approach. They rather collect than sell their precious miniatures.


What is D&D?

One of the most popular tabletop games is Dungeons & Dragons and in 1974 was designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. It was published by Wizards of the Coast (now Hasbro) in 1997. The game was the basic theme to follow by other designers. In 1977 it was split into two separate sets. It could be assigned to tabletop games due to role-playing. Everyone performs only one character. When a group of people plays, the whole process is called a “party”. It is about verbal communication and improvisation that combine different skills. It normally takes a few meetings to end an adventure and even longer to bring campaigns to an end. The Dungeon Master (DM), interprets, checks and judges the results of each party.

To start playing you only need a few components, such as some polyhedral dices, the rulebooks and a role sheet for each gamer. The majority of the players use miniatures to support and visualize the game. D and D got evolved from the tabletop games that perform the game by using minis to make it more realistic. Dungeons & Dragons have become more and more recognized during the last years. Every day it brings together more fans. This business is worth millions of dollars. Moreover, it seems satisfying to their clients. Its management quickly responds to marketing needs and trends. Additionally, it brings joy to a bunch of people in the world. The wargaming world attracts new enthusiasts worldwide, so it should note a significant increase in the sales department. If you are one of the wargamers, there is no way that you would not at least hear about Dungeons & Dragons.

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