Tabletop Games Get Their Day in the Sun 

Saturday, March 30

The term "fun and games" tends to get a negative connotation—"It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye." "He/She is just playing games."

But nothing is wrong with having a little fun in life—something that sometimes seems all too rare. Better yet, how about playing some games that actually force a little human interaction and not just hours spent staring mock explosions on a screen.

Board and card games will finally get some respect Saturday, March 30, with TableTop Game Day.

Geek&Sundry, a self-proclaimed indie-geek YouTube channel; Wil Wheaton, of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation; and the Web series TableTop have inspired the next advance in tabletop gaming. Gamers around the country celebrate International TableTop Game Day on the first anniversary of the TableTop Web series, when they congregate at event centers, restaurants and other public places to play and raise the visibility of tabletop gaming culture.

Here are a few official events in the Treasure Valley:

The Marriott's Cafe Indigo in Meridian will have six gaming stations, as well as drinks and dinner specials. Games--including Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Munchkin—run from 4:30-10:30 p.m.

• Both locations of All About Games will host games featured on TableTop, like Star Fluxx, a humorous card game set in space that might end with your ship covered in fuzzy aliens; a fast-paced strategy game, Tsuro; and Say Anything, a house party game that challenges players to literally say anything. Open play runs from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

You can check the map on the website for groups that have registered at

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