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Stop Motion Animated How To Play Videos Are Adorable

Sometimes there’s nothing more intimidating about trying a new tabletop game than learning how to play it. While some companies know how to introduce players to a new system with style and flair, other publishers don’t always offer up the most welcoming of options. Who wants to read long pages with small text that have little or no illustrations? Fortunately, one gamer has come up with a unique way to share his love for tabletop while educating new players at the same time.

For just over two years, Gregory Cornell has been posting his stop-motion animated reviews and player guides on his YouTube channel, and the results have been both charming and informative. Cornell hosts each video while using Stikfas figures as avatars for himself and utilizing the OSnap! app to create the animation. But it’s more than just the animation that makes these videos so effective. Cornell is clearly very familiar with each of the games that he’s put in the spotlight, and he adds small touches of humor to the clips as well. Perhaps the most valuable part of each video is that Cornell demonstrates how the games should be correctly played by showing viewers the steps involved, how the boards should be placed, and where the various objects and cards should go.

To date, Cornell has posted his review/player guides for QuantumElfenlandTakenoko, Best Treehouse Ever, Camel UpTzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar, Lanterns, Above & Below, and Paradox.

We’re very impressed by the high quality of Cornell’s videos, and the dedication that he’s shown to this project. These videos deserve to be discovered by a wider audience, and we are very eager to see more reviews and guides from Cornell.

What do you think about Cornell’s tabletop Stikfa-mations? Roll for initiative and share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Image Credit: Gregory Cornell

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