An open letter to +Wil Wheaton
because I am terrible at being brief on Twitter.
Hello Wil, I'm @ossiangrr on Twitter and I'm always bugging you about gaming. Stop me if I'm being creepy! I just have trouble reducing my thoughts to 140 chars so I figured I'd try you over here.
I'm a huge gamer. I play a ton of boardgames. I host a theoretically-weekly game night at my house.
I love TableTop. I tell all my friends about it.
And very much looking forward to a second season!
But, as friendly and accessible as an episode of TableTop is, it still doesn't seem like something a "non-gamer" would go out of their way to watch all the time.
We as a community want games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Dominion, even BSG, to be more acceptable and accessible for the masses to play.
Getting them sold at Target is a good start, but as we've seen in that boardgamegeek post (link attached), that might not be enough.
People don't know what they're getting into.
Sure they could go searching for information -- or a TableTop episode -- about that specific
game. But the dressings around those videos and articles already tend towards being intimidating to someone who isn't part of this "gamer subculture".
What I think would be great is something like a "Why Gaming Is Cool" episode of TableTop that doesn't focus on a specific game. Something more like a collection of the interviews of the people you play with, where they describe their extremely different backgrounds and how they got introduced to gaming. And not just celebrities, but everyday people who love games
"What is this culture of gaming, and why isn't it just for nerds?"
I hope this makes a little more sense than what I tried to cram into a bunch of tweets.