I sometimes make board games for use in my English classes. Today I’d like to tell you about the most recent of those, Cross-Country, which was designed to use a map of U.S. states as the board.
Mid last month, I finally uploaded a video with my face in it to YouTube. It was for the TableTop Father’s Day contest. The prize was getting to be one of five videos compiled into one and introduced by Wil Wheaton. The challenge: to explain how gaming and your dad are tied together in 60 seconds or less. Here is my entry, which made top ten, but not top five.
TableTop is a YouTube show, the goal of which is to introduce awesome tabletop games (board, card, and dice games) to viewers. Each episode runs 25-30 minutes, during which Wil Wheaton first explains the rules of the game, then plays through it with a few other nerdy celebrities so you actually get a feel for the flow of the game. Finer points of the rules are explained in text as they arise. If the game runs longer than the show allows for, they do a cut which is neatly stitched together with fun music and an overview of the score. Each episode is a compact yet thorough introduction to the featured game, with bonus points for the players being entertaining to watch. Continue reading