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A Warm Fuzzy Gallery Of Our Readers’ Tabletop Day Pictures

Whenever you put out a call for reader pictures, there’s always the slight fear that no one will come to the party. But you guys didn’t just send pictures — you sent bucketloads. More than we knew what to do with. You shared stories, too, and your enthusiasm was entirely contagious. It was a perfect summation of everything that Tabletop Day stands for, and it made your weekend editor very happy indeed.

Quickly, before we get mushy — on to the pictures!


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Avant-Garde Watercolor Wonder Woman

Does this count as cubism? It’s been a long time since Art Appreciation for Non-Majors. (via So Geek Chic, artwork by Adam Lister)


Allow Us To Explain

Attention, Gamers: If You’re Celebrating International Tabletop Day, We Want Your Pics!

Calling all dice rollers, deck shufflers, and dungeon masters! Tomorrow is International Tabletop Day, and we want pics of our readers’ respective festivities. Why? Because games are awesome, and quite frankly, so are you.

Here’s the way we see it: Tabletops are crazy good fun, and a great way to bring people together. At The Mary Sue, we are all about those things. However, as we live on the internet, this is a difficult day for us to host a celebration for. So, unless reliable transporters appear on the mass market in the next twenty-four hours, we invite you to share your day with us. Doesn’t matter if you’re playing card games, board games, miniatures, or pen-and-paper stuff. We want to see it all — from the laziest Munchkin match to the lengthiest Arkham Horror session.

Should you accept this quest, we’ll need the following:


Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Batfleck Casting Goes Too Far, Ruins Trivial Pursuit

I didn’t have any specific reason to feel anything more emotional than neutrality on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman before. But now… now.

Summon the armies of the Pink Wedge.


Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

INCONCEIVABLE! There’s Going To Be A Princess Bride Board Game

This is just concept art right now, the final design is TBD but Game Salute is currently developing a Princess Bride board game. They write, “In order to do justice to the entire story, The Princess Bride: The Board Game is comprised of individual scenes, with each scene presenting a mini-game that advances players through the central story.  This allows players looking for a quick, fun visit to a beloved classic to play a game that lasts under an hour, while players who want to experience the entire Princess Bride story in one sitting can enjoy an epic day of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.”

They also say they have the rights to create other types of games which could tie into the board game and are accepting ideas for scenes you’d like to have playable. The battle of wits has begun!

(via Nerd Approved)

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Thing That Might Have to Exist

Genius or Evil? Fan-created Doctor Who Guess Who Game Exists, But You Can’t Buy It

If there was ever one boardgame that I wanted as a kid and almost never got to play because we didn’t own it and whenever I was around a set nobody else wanted to play it… it was Guess Who. It involved logic! And process of elimination! And flipping REALLY LOUD pieces of plastic down in an INCREDIBLY SATISFYING WAY.

So, this realization of how easy it would be to brand Guess Who to franchise fiction in the same way that Monopoly, Life, and Trivial Pursuit have been is a now constant itch of frustration. Why can’t I go out and just buy official editions of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or DC Universe themed sets of Guess Who and try to stump my friends with incredibly obtuse and niggly questions of canon.

Fortunately, youtube maven Karen Kavett, who created the above video, has also created a how-to.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Batgirl/Supergirl Comic That Did Happen

Always talked about, never executed … until now, thanks to Mike Maihack! Read the whole story at his blog. (at CBR)


where does he get those wonderful toys

Risk, the Board Game, Is Going to Become a Film

The board game-movie craze will not end with Candyland, so let’s brace ourselves: It has been announced that a screenwriter has been hired to write a screenplay based on the classic Parker Brothers board game Risk. The game, which was created by a French film director in 1957, has the objective of gaining worldwide domination through the conquering of nations. And that sounds like it would be an incredibly long movie.


Thing That Might Have to Exist

Game of Thrones Monopoly Is Just As Epic As the Original

A huge effort on the part of some very imaginative fans of George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO‘s TV adaptation Game of Thrones has resulted in the most logical “novel-to-board game” mashup that ever mashed: Game of Thrones Monopoly, or — if you will — Throneopoly! The objective is put perfectly by io9:

What if, instead of making uneasy alliances and searching for the truth in a harsh landscape where the very seasons are set against you, you had to move around the board attempting to collect castles and avoid having to go to The Wall?

See? This makes so much sense! Want to see all the other moving parts?


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: “Van-Tino”

“Van Tino” by Gigart. From Spoke Art.