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Nashville Is Upping Their Game For International Tabletop Day

Nashville Is Upping Their Game For International Tabletop Day

We here at Geek & Sundry pull out all the stops for International Tabletop Day, but we aren’t the only ones who know how to do ITTD right. In Nashville, one of the biggest ITTD events in the country started thanks to a Nashville board game website called Meeple Mountain. In 2016, they hosted a totally free event that ended up hosting about 160 people.

After so much success with their first Tabletop Day celebration, the folks from Meeple Mountain are hosting an even bigger event for ITTD 2017. Meeple Mountain’s founder and staff writer, Andy Matthews, told us that this year they’ll be partnering with the Nashville Public Library system, renting out the downtown branch to hold up to 400 people, and lunch to the first 200 people. This event isn’t just going to be a bunch of people in a downtown library playing tabletop games (though that would be utterly awesome). Meeple Mountain has made this the must-attend event for Nashville tabletop gamers. They’ll be partnering with tabletop marketing and demo company Double Exposure to bring professionals in to help run games and manage the play to win aspect of the event, and the Tennessee Ghostbusters will be running games with Ghostbusters miniatures in full costume. Plus, they’ll have giveaways, game publishers represented, they’ll be using the amphitheater for fun events, and will be streaming Geek & Sundry ITTD celebrations for people who just want to hang out and chill. Here are just a few of the games they gave away last year, so I can’t imagine what’s in store this year!

And while that is all awesome, what makes what Meeple Mountain has done so extraordinary is that it was just started by regular people who legitimately love tabletop. Anyone can create a kickass event like this if they’ve got the passion and the drive to do it. Matthews even wrote about it to help other people create their own amazing tabletop events.

After all, Meeple Mountain just started out as a small website to review games, share board game news, and board game editorials, but it also has branched out to hosting several tabletop events all over Nashville. So how did that morph into one of the biggest tabletop events in the country? Easy. Matthews just straight up missed ITTD 2015. After missing out on the fun, Matthews promised himself that he wouldn’t miss out in 2016, so he decided throw his own event to ensure that the tabletop fun wouldn’t pass him by. But what started as an idea for a simple tabletop gathering soon morphed into something larger when he realized he could host a pretty large event for the tabletop-loving masses of Nashville. When the 2016 was such a hit, it opened up doors to make the 2017 event even bigger than ever. And Matthews says this year’s ITTD Nashville festivities is going to be perfect to anyone who wants to have fun, be they adults, kids, teens, tabletop pros, or tabletop beginners. As long as you’re ready to have a good time, you’ll have a blast and fit right in.

So if you’re in Nashville, be sure to join up with Meeple Mountain and several hundred of your newest tabletop friends. But even if you can’t make it to this event, take a page out of Matthews book and try to start up your own amazing International Tabletop Day celebration this April 29th.

Are you going to Meeple Mountain’s ITTD celebration this year? If not, what are you doing on April 29th to celebrate your love of tabletop? Tell us in the comments!

Image credits: Andy Matthews/Meeple Mountain

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