Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day 2: Why Tabletop Gaming


Hello everyone! Welcome back to our gaming journey! I would like to start by thanking Rolling Dice & Taking Names for allowing me to use their blog site. I am not a blogger but I have followed TheNester for several years. One thing I have learned through the 31 Days series is to write about your passion. I am passionate about my family and the opportunities gaming has brought us!  So I have a passion but no blog site! RDTN to the rescue.

First of all gaming is a hobby. It is an outlet for fun and enjoyment. There are different types of games. Video games are played on a PC or TV. Guild Wars, Minecraft, and League of Legends are popular PC games. Halo, Call of Duty, and Zelda are well known console games. Mobile gaming has exploded over the past couple of years. Farmville, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, and Fruit Ninja are examples of mobile gaming. While I admit to slashing a little fruit now and then, I do not video game. I can't seem to get the eye/hand coordination going (perhaps that is why I couldn't play basketball). However, my children could manipulate a  mouse or controller before they could walk! So with the popularity of video gaming why do we like tabletop gaming?

Tabletop games are played with a group of two or more people generally around a table. Games have different levels of components, set-up and rules. There is a theme and purpose to the game. Gaming involves interaction with others. We talk face to face and make eye contact. Social skills are learned through taking turns, following rules, accepting a loss, and winning graciously. These are some reasons we like to play games. The main reason we enjoy tabletop gaming is the story or content of the game we are playing and because we spending time together. Tomorrow we will begin talking about three types of games and examples of each.