“Gamers of the North” Host Table Top Day Event on Air Force Base

April 16th, 2014

We were recently contacted by Technical Sergeant Andrew Hafey of Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, ND, about supporting their International TableTop Day event for base personnel. We were happy to send a few games to support the men and women who serve in our country’s military.

Sergeant Hafey was kind enough to share his thoughts on why they started The Gamers of the North group to promote tabletop gaming at their base:

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Sgt. Hafey

“My name is Andrew Hafey.  I am a Technical Sergeant in the US Air Force currently at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.  I will be retiring this summer and moving to the Pacific Northwest.

“Like many people, I’m relatively new into board games (other than Monopoly)…thanks to Geek and Sundry and their TableTop show.  At the time, there was no formal gaming group on base.  I decided I wanted to try to start a gaming group on base to help get people out of their dorms and houses here in the winter.  Winter lasts about 6 months, getting down to -30 without the windchills!  Morale starts to suffer because there’s not much to do on base (and Grand Forks is about 15 miles from town, and in the winter, that can be a dangerous drive sometimes).  Last year’s 1st International TableTop Day was the perfect opportunity to try to start a group.

“We had a whopping 6 people show up…but it did give us a starting point!  Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time and we decided to form The Gamers of the North group for Grand Forks AFB.  We generally play weekly as well as during our unit events.  We all do it because it’s something relatively cheap and lots of fun to do while meeting new people and getting to know each other better.

“We tried to go big for this year’s International TableTop Day, and even with some major advertising issues, held a pretty successful event.  We had tons of games and had several new people show up and want to join the group!  I even had some of the senior base leadership get with me and tell me they wanted to do another one soon, with support from some of the organizations on base, this time to specifically target the young, single airmen living in the base dormitories!   This is what I was hoping for when I started this group…a fun, cheap activity for base personnel and their families to get out and enjoy themselves and help alleviate some of the winter blues that happen around here!”

We are thrilled their event went so well and welcome all the Warriors of the North to the world of tabletop gaming! You can follow Sgt. Hafey on Twitter and check out the Gamers of the North Facebook page.

The Greatness of TableTop Day!

April 7th, 2014

Saturday was the big day! All across the world people got together and played games and we can blame it all (mostly) on Wil Wheaton and his great show. Read the rest of this entry »

T.A.B.L.E. Was a Blast!

April 2nd, 2014

Last weekend had us up in Dallas for the first ever Tabletop and Boardgame Learning Expo. The expo was created as a way to expose non-gamers to all the fun that our hobby has to offer. We saw lots of new faces and a few old friends as we played demos with hundreds of other gamers. Read the rest of this entry »

International TableTop Day and Fireside!

April 1st, 2014

Last year was the first time TableTop put together a world-wide gaming celebration and it was pretty sweet. This year looks like it will be even better!

This Saturday, April 5th is International TableTop Day, when gamers all across the world will come together to score points, slay monsters, and generally have a fantastic time. We’re going to be doing our part at Dragon’s Lair on West Anderson Lane, here in Austin, Texas.


Justin and Anne-Marie will both be in the store starting at 10:00 to run demos of games, including the prototype of Munchkin Panic, if you’re anxious to get a peek, or even be a playtester!

Everyone who demos a game during the event will be entered into a drawing, to be held at 1:00 where we’ll pick 5 names at random. The winners get to sit down and play a game of The Wizard’s Tower with Justin, and after the game, each player will receive a free copy of The Wizard’s Tower to take home!

At 3:00 Justin will be conducting an open Q&A session, so bring your burning questions and see what goes on inside a game designers head. (Hint, it isn’t pretty, but it’s definitely fun!)

The event wraps up at 4:00, so be sure to get there early and join in the fun!

T.A.B.L.E. Is This Weekend!

March 27th, 2014

This weekend marks the first ever T.A.B.L.E. event in Dallas, Texas, and Fireside Games is excited to be a part of it! Read the rest of this entry »