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Felicia Day Shares With Us Her Game Night Tips for International TableTop Day & Beyond

Felicia1International TableTop Day is coming up this Saturday, April 11th! If you haven’t already made plans or are looking to get someone involved who’s never played before, have we got something special for you! Expert Felicia Day has some tips to get you started.

Felicia’s top 5 tips for an epic game night:

1. Have a good collection of games for all levels, don’t just have big strategy games that are intimidating, try to have games that appeal to newbies and experts alike!
2. Only try to learn 1 new game a night, and make sure someone already knows it beforehand to quickly guide people through the rules. You can spend a whole session just reading a manual! I’ve done it. Not fun.
3. Always start with a warmup game people can get into quickly, momentum is key to fill an awesome evening!
4. Make it a potluck, everyone has to bring a snack. Booze situational. Sugar a must.
5. Do not allow anyone to eat pizza and touch your playing cards or playing pieces. That’s a long-term health hazard.

Ok but what if your family and friends aren’t familiar with this kind of gaming but you think they’d love it?

3 tips to get your family or friends into TableTop games:

1. Small short games are a great way to hook people who aren’t gamers. Love Letter, Munchkin, Sushi Go, there are tons to choose from. “Casual” is a gateway to “Hardcore Addict.”
2. When introducing people to a new game, try to find one in the vein of a video game or movie franchise that your less experienced friends are fans of, they’ll be more into it if there’s something familiar or something they like.
3. Watch an episode of Tabletop together! Preferably one where I win :D

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."