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Why ITTD Is the Perfect Opportunity to Try New Games

Why ITTD Is the Perfect Opportunity to Try New Games

There are a ton of awesome games out there, with new ones coming every year. Heck, every major convention seems to spawn a host of innovative titles. It can be challenging or impossible to play everything that seems exciting. But International Tabletop Day is a great opportunity to try things you haven’t before. There’s lots of reasons great games may seem out of reach, but ITTD fixes a ton of those.

GAMES THAT NEED A BIGGER GROUP

sonarMany gamers meet in homes and shops. Depending on your setup, you might be happy whenever three or four show up for game night. And if that’s the case, some games seem totally outside your reach. Captain Sonar is a brilliant title, but you really need six or eight for the best experience. Two competing teams pilot submarines in a deepwater assault. On each side, you have different roles like Captain, First Mate, and Engineer. They take care of their own assignments to be attack ready. And the Radio Operator listens in on the other team to try to figure out where they are.

Captain Sonar is a fabulous game that works beautifully – but only when you have enough players. It may be playable (theoretically) with less, but it loses something. On Tabletop Day, though, you can head to any friendly local game store and find a ton of like-minded people ready to start gaming. It should be much less difficult to try out this unique title.

Secret Hitler pushes into the social deduction genre with Liberals and Fascists. The Fascists know each other, as well as the secret Hitler. Their goal is to either pass six fasicst laws or elect Hitler chancellor after three fascist laws have passed. Meanwhile, the Liberals are trying to enact five liberal laws without seeing interference from the unknown but active fascists.

The result is a great deduction game without player elimination. Plus, everyone has a bit of cover because it is possible for luck of the draw to result in a fascist law.  That said, you need at least five players and the more you have the better. So ITTD again provides a great opportunity to try out something new.

GAMES WITH A HIGH PRICE TAG

MechsEvery year, there are some amazing games that come with apps, minis, and super creative systems. But, unfortunately, they sometimes also come with huge price tags. But on ITTD, you’re likely to find someone with the new hotness looking for a group. Or, even better, a local game story giving away a free sample by letting you play one of those high price games to tantalize you into buying it.

A great example is Mechs vs. Minions. This cooperative game features two to four players piloting mechs in an onslaught against huge numbers of marauding minions. Players have to work together to handle the huge numbers of enemies. But you can’t just move at will. Instead, it uses programmatic movement that forces careful planning and anticipation of what is likely to happen next. But with a $75 price tag, it may be daunting to purchase up front. But if you get a chance to play it first, and realize you love it, getting it might make more sense.

Another great example is Mansions of Madness, 2nd Edition. Mansions brings a horror genre RPG to the world of board gaming. Best yet, it is fully cooperative without the need for an “Overlord” or GM. You also get a free app that not only skillfully handles a lot of the hidden information, but also does a great job of using sound and atmosphere to really convey the setting. But with a $100 MSRP, it might not be an immediate purchase for anyone in your group. On ITTD, though, you’re much more likely to get to try it without plunking down your money first.

LEGACY GAMES

GloomThe hottest trend in gaming right now is the Legacy style game. Where the choices you make in one play session become permanent additions or changes to the game from then on out. Crazy awesome! But they come with a huge logistic difficulty: they are ideal only when you have a dedicated group willing to play 15-20 sessions or more of the same title. That’s not always easy. One or two sessions might be played with enthusiasm, but then something else shiny comes out and you never get to the awesome ending of Pandemic Legacy.

And this can be especially true for the newest Legacy games like Gloomhaven or Seafall. Both games require multiple plays before you even start unlocking some of the core systems of the game. And on a week to week basis, that can be difficult. But if you have a whole day set aside for gaming – like, say, ITTD – then you have the perfect opportunity to burn through several sessions in one sitting. You may not be able to get through the entire Legacy campaign, but you can certainly charge deep enough in to get to the really intriguing stuff. And that might mean it’s easier to continue on with it on regular game nights. ITTD nicely minimizes the logistical difficulties inherent to Legacy games.

Are there specific games or types of games you’re looking forward to playing on ITTD?  Tell us about it in the comments.

Image Credits: Asmodee Games, Riot Games, and Cephalofair Games

Featured Image Credit: Cephalofair Games

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