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Wil Wheaton's New Show: Tabletop

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the no-interns-were-harmed-(yet)-in-the-making-of-this-show dept.

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xwwt writes "Wil Wheaton is working with Felicia Day on a new show called Tabletop, which will air on the YouTube Channel Geek and Sundry. The show will be about board games and gaming in general. This is how he describes it: 'My ulterior motive with Tabletop is to show by example how much fun it is to play boardgames. I want to show that Gamers aren't all a bunch of weirdoes who can't make eye contact when they talk to you, and that getting together for a game night is just as social and awesome as getting together to watch Sportsball, or to play poker, or for a LAN party, or whatever non-gamers do with their friends. I want to inspire people to try hobby games, and I want to remove the stigma associated with gaming and gamers.' The first show airs April 2nd."

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155 comments

Ummm... (5, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407607)

...I want to show that Gamers aren't all a bunch of weirdoes...

If you're hosting it, Wil, that's already one goal shot straight to hell.

Re:Ummm... (-1, Flamebait)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407729)

A show hosted by 2 of the most OVERRATED people in history, whoopie.

Re:Ummm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408085)

Huh? Overrated by WHO? Ohhh, I think you mean that YOU hate them for some reason, so ANY attention, however minor, is OVERRATED. These are pretty obscure people here pal. Fucking relax.

LOL, the most overrated people in HISTORY!!!!

Seriously. Relax. Its ok that you do not like them. Nobody cares.

Re:Ummm... (4, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408105)

Huh? Overrated by WHO? Ohhh, I think you mean that YOU hate them for some reason, so ANY attention, however minor, is OVERRATED. These are pretty obscure people here pal. Fucking relax.

LOL, the most overrated people in HISTORY!!!!

Well, now we know for sure that Wil Wheaton reads Slashdot.

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408147)

He wouldn't post anonymously. He'd have some clever nickname to post under.

Re:Ummm... (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408659)

He wouldn't post anonymously. He'd have some clever nickname to post under.

Oh, I see what ya did there.

Re:Ummm... (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408177)

Don't know why this is modded Flaimbait. After the last season of STNG I was pretty sure Wil was about to start showing up on the news as a homeless guy with a tricorder. He is hosting a show on a YouTube channel called Geek and Sundry that is watched primarily by the group he is trying to portray as normal and this doesn't strike him as PRECISELY why "normal" ( I prefer the term "less intellectually focused" ) people can't relate? Face it...people in general do not CARE about the things geeks do and that is OK. It's like the alternate reality in ST but for some reason IRL it's the smart Captain Kirk who can't blend in with the barbaric Enterprise.

Re:Ummm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408355)

Spoiler alert: Wheaton wins (more precisely, "Whins") every single one of these games. Is that considered normal?

Re:Ummm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39409343)

Why? He is somewhat amusing? It might be good. You know you will give it a shot at least... Then rip on it anyway ;)

Actors take parts they get. And I would think getting a gig working on star trek would have been oh I dont know a big freeking deal?... You could tell they gave him some of the smarmiest crap lines. But then you wouldnt have been paying attention to the rest of star trek from that time. It was all pretty kitchy

Actual Ulterior Motive (5, Insightful)

Misanthrope (49269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407623)

Getting to hang out with Felicia Day...

Re:Actual Ulterior Motive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39409153)

Who the hell is Felicia Day?

Re:Actual Ulterior Motive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39409351)

Who the hell is Felicia Day?

........really?

Re:Actual Ulterior Motive (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39409619)

I just had to look her up on Wikipedia to find out who she is. Apparently she was an actress on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", an old television show created for teenage girls.

Re:Actual Ulterior Motive (3, Informative)

murphtall (1979734) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409625)

Re:Actual Ulterior Motive (1)

russotto (537200) | more than 2 years ago | (#39410043)

known for her work as "Vi" on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Or, in other words, not known at all. 7th season Buffy?

Good Fucking Luck (5, Insightful)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407633)

I'm a gamer, and there is flat-out no way this stigma will be removed in my lifetime. When you get right down to it, we're playing pretend. Unless it's couched in layers of indirection, that's just not going to be socially acceptable until the average person has a lot more leisure time.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (4, Insightful)

zlives (2009072) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407647)

I always wondered why FB and other social pretend sites were so successful.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39407737)

Or acting in general, sort of the ultimate playing pretend, sometimes for huge amounts of money...

Re:Good Fucking Luck (4, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408001)

Or acting in general, sort of the ultimate playing pretend, sometimes for huge amounts of money...

...but typically for nothing more than your daily bread. [wikipedia.org]

We all "play games," all day, every day. Hell, if you really want to get philosophical, it can be said that life is an RPG, albeit a rather shitty one.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (4, Funny)

Americano (920576) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408125)

life is an RPG, albeit a rather shitty one.

Sure, gameplay is a little awkward - i mean really, bathroom breaks? 8 hours of just sitting there sleeping? grinding professions for 50 years if you want to reach max level?

But you have to admit, the graphics engine is amazing - the scenery is so lifelike!

Re:Good Fucking Luck (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408255)

Sure, gameplay is a little awkward - i mean really, bathroom breaks? 8 hours of just sitting there sleeping? grinding professions for 50 years if you want to reach max level?

Sounds a lot like when I tried out Everquest...

Re:Good Fucking Luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408257)

life is an RPG, albeit a rather shitty one.

Sure, gameplay is a little awkward - i mean really, bathroom breaks? 8 hours of just sitting there sleeping? grinding professions for 50 years if you want to reach max level?

But you have to admit, the graphics engine is amazing - the scenery is so lifelike!

I heard that something really awesome happens after the end of the game - though I haven't been able to find a credible source thus far

Re:Good Fucking Luck (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408369)

As I understand it, what happens at the end of the game depends on your faction rep, mostly. Now get to work on those dailies.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (5, Funny)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408921)

No respawn either, unless you are the Dev's kid.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408297)

We all "play games," all day, every day. Hell, if you really want to get philosophical, it can be said that life is an RPG, albeit a rather shitty one.

And the hardware requirements are ridiculous!

Re:Good Fucking Luck (4, Insightful)

Entropius (188861) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407713)

There's no stigma against people who watch or make movies, is there? Or who read fiction?

Re:Good Fucking Luck (0)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407747)

Part of watching a movie or reading a book doesn't including joining others and talking about fucking their mom or calling them a faggot.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (2)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408031)

You obviously haven't read some of the comments on IMDB and YouTube...

Re:Good Fucking Luck (5, Insightful)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407761)

And people getting together to watch 'sportsball' are also playing pretend. How often have you heard "WE won"? They frequently even like to play dress up when they do it.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39407915)

One the most insightful comments made on slashdot.

Even sader, many studies show most males do this because of daddy complexes rather than because of a genuine love for the sport. In other words, they live in the past with dear 'ol dad in a fatansy world, play dress up, and live hollow vitories to which they never earned. Far, far more empty and pathetic than most nerd's lives.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408495)

Pretending you can play football while wearing a football uniform while watching people actually playing football is the PeeWee League of "play pretend."
Pretending you wield the +1 Vorpal Sword of Awesomeness while wearing fairy wings while looking at amateurishly painted bits of lead on a piece of cardboard is the Super Bowl x Miss Universe of "play pretend."

Re:Good Fucking Luck (2, Interesting)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407923)

Yes.... but this is Will fucking Wheaton.

If anybody has a chance at reversing the polarity of the tachyon beams and calibrating the EPS conduits to dissipate that intensely strong anti-vagina field stuck to tabletop gaming and changing the rate at which some neckbeards get laid, it's Will Wheaton.

I look forward to the results of this experiment. albeit, with some skepticism.... and hope. Mostly skepticism.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408759)

Not sure what sort of board gaming places you're going to, but my board game nights are a total clam-fest.

At the very least we're a 50/50 split along gender lines.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (1)

blackest_k (761565) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409057)

nah, just another will weaton sausage fest...

Re:Good Fucking Luck (1)

Thing 1 (178996) | more than 2 years ago | (#39410591)

vagina field stuck to tabletop

Yes, that's what I saw. Now I'm at work designing it. (What was that about getting laid?)

Re:Good Fucking Luck (1)

narcc (412956) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408155)

When you get right down to it, we're playing pretend.

Wow. That's the most concise and objective self-assessment I've ever seen. Bravo.

I'm not a game player myself, but I've always thought that story-telling games deserved a bit more respect than they've had in the past. While I agree that the social stigma isn't going to be reduced as a result of a YouTube show, I sincerely hope that it encourages new developments and innovations in the form. I would really like to see a few "casual" type story-telling games designed for a general audience.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (4, Insightful)

Artifakt (700173) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408625)

For a few years now, Wizards of the Coast has been running ads with variations of the idea that D&D is 'way more normal' than MMORPGS and such. The way they put it is something like "If you're sitting in your parent's basement and pretending to be an elf, you should at least invite a few friends over and order pizza!".
            Really, in a world where people commonly sit in total physical isolation from other humans while getting their jollies from a PC screen for hours and hours, doesn't throwing a party for a few firends and fixing some refreshments sound more and more like what everyone else does. Hey, you might even use tabletop games as an excuse to clean up the place a bit!

Oh really? (4, Insightful)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408273)

For video gamers it happened. When I started gaming, about 27 years ago, it was something only geeks did. Me and my friends were weird for wanting to play videogames. We were the outcast nerds. Now? Fucking everyone plays videogames. Frat bros love them some Call of Duty, the Sims is popular across all demographics but particularly with women, World of Warcraft had over 12 million active subscribers at one time.

Videogames are mainstream and it is just an assumption that most people under about 25 play them, and the age is growing all the time.

Could very well happen for table top games too. When you get down to it, they are just more complex and involved board games.

Huh? Atari wasn't just for geeks (1)

multimediavt (965608) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409297)

For video gamers it happened. When I started gaming, about 27 years ago, it was something only geeks did.

Well, I started playing home console video games (Atari 2600 baby!) 30 years ago this year, and coin op games before that. They were not just for geeks! Rich(er) kids had them first, but not geeks exclusively at all. Hell, I remember when owning a Commodore VIC 20 was not only socially acceptable, but was bragged about on the football practice fields. High scores in Space Invaders, Asteroids, and OMG yes Galaga were held by the tough guys that had criminal records and hung out selling dope and getting in fights at the arcade. Yeah, real prune juice and boiled egg eaters there!

Re:Oh really? (2)

jdavidb (449077) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409475)

I guess I'm just out of it. When I was a boy I'd go to Toys R Us and see an entire aisle of board games, for all ages. Everybody had a closet full, and everybody played them with their family and friends.

Am I to understand that this behavior is not actually mainstream? Monopoly, Risk, Parcheesi, these aren't mainstream? Or is there some class of board games here that are not mainstream? I'll admit not everyone knows about Settlers of Catan and such.

Re:Oh really? (2)

giorgist (1208992) | more than 2 years ago | (#39410019)

Chill ... nobody is playing them, you simply hang out with like minded people.

Nobody is playing video games? (2)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 2 years ago | (#39410461)

What are you high? It's a multi-billion dollar industry. Note my thing about WoW having had 12 million active subscribers. That means they had 12 million people who had all paid to play the game in the last month (some monthly subscriptions, some pay per hour). Every month 12 million people were willing to pay to be able to play. They've lots players to other MMOs now, but the still have about 9-10 million players.

Some other game sales out there:

Call of Duty: Black Ops, over 25 million copies sold, over $1 billion in revenues.

The Sims: Over 35 million copies sold between three versions and who knows how many millions sold on expansions (each game has literally like 50 expansions).

Angry Birds: At least $12 million sales, 500 million downloads.

Or how about platforms? The grand daddy of them all would be the Playstation 2: Over 154 million sold. Doesn't really do anything other than play games either (it is a pretty lousy DVD player) so about the only reason to own one is to play video games. That is the single most sold platform but the others still sell plenty: 65 million 360s, 62 million PS3s, 95 million Wiis.

So yes, many of my friends play video games. However it is getting hard to find a group of people where nobody does. They are very much mainstream.

So sorry if you want to think that video games are just something the strange people do (which is funny from someone who posts on Slashdot) it's just not the case. They are big business now, an extremely popular form of entertainment.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (1)

isorox (205688) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408295)

I'm a gamer, and there is flat-out no way this stigma will be removed in my lifetime. When you get right down to it, we're playing pretend. Unless it's couched in layers of indirection, that's just not going to be socially acceptable until the average person has a lot more leisure time.

Yeah, who wants to pretend? Now I've got to go feed my farmville.

The average person thinks of "Monopoly" and "Game of life" when they think of games. They don't think of Ticket to Ride, Settlers, etc.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (3, Interesting)

eht (8912) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408399)

This is mostly only a problem in the US. In Essen Germany there is a yearly games trade fair/convention called Spiel [wikipedia.org] that attracts over 150,000 people a year. Semi comparable conventions in the US get 14k for Origins [wikipedia.org] or 37k for GenCon [wikipedia.org] . Spiel is much more of a marketplace compared to people actually playing games at Gencon or Origins. Just another number to throw in, PAX attracts about 70k gamers. [wikipedia.org]

Spiel is a family event and the games being marketed there are definitely not your average superstore games shelf fodder like Monopoly, Hi Ho! Cherry-O, or Jersey Shore trivia game. Though some have have gotten better about this and now carry others like Catan, Carcassonne and Race for the Galaxy.

Are you kidding me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408505)

Really? Playing pretend is not socially acceptable?
Sports
Movies
TV
Novels

Most people love to play pretend or even pay to watch others do so.

Also most people don't think it's weird to play cards, chess, trivial pursuit or whatever with friends.

The only difference is which games are being played, and that's a stigma that's easily removed by popularity/publicity/etc.

Remember when internet dating was only for freaks and geeks?

I mean maybe it still is but no one seems to care or say so. That was only 10 years or so.

Re:Good Fucking Luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408917)

I play board-games with my girlfriend, and my best female friends. There isn't really any stigma in my social network, though we are all engineering students, so that explains a bit. Though to say that the stigma will never be removed seems wrong. I don't really know anyone who doesn't like to play boardgames if invited by for a game, though naturally there is a huge difference between the people who like 1 hour games with lite rules, and my regular group where games are usually 5 hour endeavors with quite involved rules.

Board game night (3, Interesting)

HeyBob! (111243) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407651)

I just hosted a board game night for a a bunch of 20-30 somethings - it was a huge hit! I started each game off with giving players more than the standard loot, to get it going faster, and had an end after 1.5hrs so that they could all get 3 different games in in one night. We played, Masterpiece, Movie Maker, King Oil (all with 4 people) and then had a couple 2 person games for people who showed up late: Xomax and Polarity. We're looking forward to doing it again.

Re:Board game night (0)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408149)

ATTN: HeyBob!

RE: Inquiry into further data regarding board game experiment.

Hi Bob,

Interesting experiment. Could you tell me how many females (other than mothers) were present? What was the night on the Sausage Fest Scale?

Also, to your knowledge, how many males claimed to get laid, and of those how many were verifiable (to any extent)?

Re:Board game night (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408423)

Hmm... when I attend a board games party with my friends it tends to be pretty much gender balanced. And I'm a CS graduate student, so the odds are pretty well against that. Stop being an asshole. Or find some better friends. If you can't find any women into boardgames it's because you're hanging out with the wrong women, not because it's a males-only hobby.

Re:Board game night (2)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408595)

LOL.

I'm not being an asshole, just a pragmatist. Really. It has been quite some time since I was in college. The poster did say 30-somethings.

Tabletop gaming has been a traditionally males-only hobby. Nothing wrong with that. I mean how many tupperware parties (or dildo parties) have you attended with a bunch of women? Friends are not really the problem. Finding women that actually are into sports, or male centric hobbies is not easy.

Let's face it. Tabletop gaming is not exactly a pastime that women are particularly interested in. There will be some edge cases of course.

There is only so much time, and when women do have time to spend, I don't blame them if they want to find some more common ground.

Re:Board game night (1)

Tuidjy (321055) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408597)

Speaking for myself, my boardgame nights' male/female ratio is very close to 50/50. Usually it's three or four couples, and two or three singles. We play Settlers of Catan, Diplomacy, and sometime, when it's at my place, we break out my sister's and my own Warhammer Armies, and play some four way battles with simplified home rules.

There's one girl who clearly does not like boardgames as much of the rest of us, but she tries very hard to please her guy. We recently found out she actually enjoys Munchkins, so now we keep a game of Munchkins going all the time, with people who drop out joining (we modified the rules a bit)

Re:Board game night (1)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409747)

Speaking for myself, my boardgame nights' male/female ratio is very close to 50/50.

Similar results here. I occasionally host board game nights, mostly made up of PhD students at a well-known tech school, and my most recent one had 5 women and 3 men. Of course most of our gamers are also dancers, which explains part of the gender ratio. ;)

Re:Board game night (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39410967)

Of course most of our gamers are also dancers

Rented by the hour?

Re:Board game night (2)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409703)

Also, to your knowledge, how many males claimed to get laid, and of those how many were verifiable (to any extent)?

Hint: The fact that you're asking this question is possibly a part of the explanation for why women tend to not attend your board game events.

Re:Board game night (1)

dr_canak (593415) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408911)

Have you been here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/ [boardgamegeek.com]

Might give you some other ideas for good games that are out there if you're looking to do more of this.

Best of luck,
jeff

Wave of the future (1, Insightful)

doston (2372830) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407669)

Board gaming with friends is nothing like your WoW addiction. One is interactive with in-person friends and requires you to have some, the other probably is social retardation to a degree. Personally, I'd have more fun going the WoW route, but don't dare. Frankly, I think Will would make more money if he'd just break down and do the gay pron.

Re:Wave of the future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39407715)

I doubt he's doing it for the money. Oh, and if he does, then he's an idiot.

Re:Wave of the future (3, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407809)

What? He's doing gay pr0n for the love of it?

Wait. I think I may have missed a context switch somewhere in there...

Re:Wave of the future (1)

Forbman (794277) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408523)

The asocial-ness of WoW depends on a couple of things. Last place I worked at had several WoW addicts, who often raided together. Others who played also had some good wow stories to share, too.

Here we go again. (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39407673)

I don't mind the man's work but please, Wheatonists everywhere, please understand that most of your friends aren't as obsessed as you are. Please, /please/ refrain from telling/texting/emailing/tweeting everyone with the great news.

We really don't care all that much and its very tiresome feigning interest for your sake.
(And no, we didn't like dollhouse. Nobody did. It was a bad show.)

Re:Here we go again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39407733)

Hey! Dollhouse was... eh.. hm. Eyecandy?

Re:Here we go again. (1)

darkwing_bmf (178021) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407753)

I don't have twitter and he never tells, texts or emails me.

Re:Here we go again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39407985)

Can't tell if trolling... well, beyond the obvious level of troll, but:

Wil Wheaton != Joss Whedon

Re:Here we go again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408065)

Those of us who loved Dollhouse have two words for you: Eliza Dushku.

Eat shit, faget.

RSS feed? (1, Offtopic)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407727)

how do I get a RSS feed of the video files so it just integrates with my existing shows? I'd like a high res RSS feed for mythnettv to eat, and/or a low res "youtube quality" feed for my doggcatcher android phone to eat.

Damn you Wil Wheaton (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39407739)

You are my nemesis.

Re:Damn you Wil Wheaton (2)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408581)

You are my nemesis.

Wil, I think it would be hilarious if you had Jim Parsons (a.k.a. Dr Sheldon Cooper) on your show. I don't know if he does any gaming in real life, but I always get a kick out of the games of Mystic Warlords of Ka'a on the Big Bang Theory.

Break into mainstream on Geek and Sundry? (4, Insightful)

ravenscar (1662985) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407767)

Right, because the best way to break into the mainstream is to fire up a show on a YouTube Channel entitled 'Geek and Sundry'.

I don't think enough people realize how awesome sport bikes can be. I'm going to start a column in a sports bike magazine in the hope that it will help a new audience catch the fever.

Please, no replies about how Geek and Sundry was created by the producers of The Guild. The Guild is not mainstream.

Re:Break into mainstream on Geek and Sundry? (3, Insightful)

jayveekay (735967) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409511)

Even the mainstream media is no longer mainstream. CBS evening news once pulled 15 millions viewers yet now, with a much larger population, it pulls about 5 million.

Everything is niche. The mainstream is a lie.

lame all around (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39407787)

So, let's see -- LAN party: lame, poker night: often lame unless someone loses, sportsball: undefined, probably a lame attempt by a gamer to refer to watching some game involving a ball? , gaming: "demented and sad, but social". Get off your duffs and do something. Dear gamers, if the LAN party folks are laughing at you then it really is that sad.

 

A Gamer also isn't... (2)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407805)

A gamer also isn't necessarily someone who plays video games. I'm not personally much for video games these days, but I love a good game of Settlers of Cattan or Apples to Apples. I'm interested to see Wheaton's take on that forgotten group of "gamers" who preceded video gamers.

Re:A Gamer also isn't... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39409463)

Apples to Apples and Settlers of Catan are both incredibly fun.

I also dig a lot of the card games out there, like Fluxx [looneylabs.com] .

Romantic Board gaming with Space Hulk. (5, Interesting)

ihaveamo (989662) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407947)

On a date, I broke out the Space Hulk ... but bear with me - it's instant romance - with some good mood lighting, a candleabra dripping with wax, a few good bottles of red wine (in metal goblets of course), some good gregorian chants on the stereo. . (The candlelight is important, as it means that she can't see the terrible paint job I did on the little figurines. I'm told chicks dig artists.)

Re:Romantic Board gaming with Space Hulk. (1)

BenJury (977929) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408867)

Only on /. would this be rated 'interesting'!!

Copycat Wil (2)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39407953)

The Big Bang Theory has already been doing this, albeit with a bit of tongue in cheek. Considering that Wheaton has actually been a recurring guest on that show, guess where he got the idea?

Re:Copycat Wil (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408029)

Maybe Wil can actually do something funny with the idea?

Re:Copycat Wil (1)

djnanite (1979686) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408267)

Oooh! Snap!

Re:Copycat Wil (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408293)

I guess you're not a big Banger, huh? Mind you it's just a theory.

Re:Copycat Wil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408847)

Sheldon won't be happy at all about this.

Mystic Warlords (2)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408069)

Will Wil (no pun intended) be reviewing 'Mystic Warlords of Ka'a", and describing how he beat Sheldon?

Problem: it's all in your head (4, Insightful)

fantomas (94850) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408145)

The problem with trying to make watching other people play board games is the excitement is all in their heads. Their imagination is what's making it such an exciting evening, as well as their in-crowd banter which is all about their own personal jokes. Hard to convey that to a watching non-participating audience.

Physical sports are exciting for a lot of people because there's a lot of fast visual action, people rushing around and crashing into each other, scoring goals, carrying out very visual actions. But games based on mind play? well... they are all in the mind. I don't see how games like chess, or bridge, or the like can be exciting spectator sports, unless you're really into that game yourself so a fan already? Occasionally I've seen poker on tv - incredibly boring for me because I don't understand the game, don't want to learn about it, and don't find the people particularly entertaining. I think tv board game coverage might be the same: fine if you're already a fan of scrabble, or monopoly, or dungeons and dragons... but otherwise? nothing to see, none of the visual pyrotechnics of car racing, top league basketball/football/downhill skiing (etc).

Re:Problem: it's all in your head (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408323)

Its still all in your head, even for physical sports. Oh, you can say "if all those people gets fun because the the game in their head and i join them, i must get fun too". But that would could happen with board games (ok, chess audience is not the same as ping pong ones, nor tennis ones, nor football ones, nor soccer ones, to put it in orders of magnitude, but stilll... is all in your head).

But to put another example of all in your head where are very few players with not a lot of visuals nor special effects, that could get a good community behind, fanbase, meetings and so on, even see some famous person playing them, check books.

Re:Problem: it's all in your head (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39408465)

Oh man you're both right, and this bodes ill. Ill, I say. Socially speaking, playing sports is cool, watching sports is OK, playing games is frowned upon, and now... watching other people play games on TV. I don't know, man. That's next-level stuff. Meta.

Please explain baseball's popularity (1)

jayveekay (735967) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409537)

Physical sports are exciting for a lot of people because there's a lot of fast visual action, people rushing around and crashing into each other, scoring goals, carrying out very visual actions.

I think that 98% of baseball is doing math to calculate an ERA while you are waiting for something exciting to happen on the field. And this is the most popular sport in America.

He Knows His Audience (1)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408377)

A show like this has a promising premise, would be interesting to people who know who Wil Wheaton is, and builds off Felicia Day's experience/audience/appeal. Its a smart move. Plus Wil is a genuinely nice guy whose interactions with fans are hilarious and warm (http://thebloggess.com/2012/03/wil-wheatons-house-i-am-in-you/). I hope this succeeds.

Why did he "retire" so young? (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408403)

It seems like Star Trek and teen movies were his last steady job. I know he worked for Lightwave and had some bit parts, but nothing really steady.

Re:Why did he "retire" so young? (2)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408745)

Hey, if he's got the cash, why not retire? I would. Like a shot. Oh sure, do some guest starring roles here and there, perhaps do a Star Trek convention (as long as Grandma isn't dying). But if I've got a nice cottage on a private lake, with high speed internet, and a float plane, why not?

Re:Why did he "retire" so young? (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 2 years ago | (#39408915)

Hey, if he's got the cash, why not retire? I would. Like a shot. Oh sure, do some guest starring roles here and there, perhaps do a Star Trek convention (as long as Grandma isn't dying). But if I've got a nice cottage on a private lake, with high speed internet, and a float plane, why not?

Not your MeeMaw!

Eye contact (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409003)

I know it's just YouTube, but I still can't make eye contact.

This seems very elaborate (3, Funny)

dilvish_the_damned (167205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409087)

Why didn't he just ask her out?

Re:This seems very elaborate (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#39410403)

Why didn't he just ask her out?

His wife and children frown on his dating.

Where was this show... (4, Interesting)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409157)

Where was this show when I opened my game shop in my small home town.

We got railed against by all the "good Christian people" who murmured nothing but evil rumors about us, and did their best to cause us any trouble they could. We had a church on one side of us, and a bar on the other side close, and BOTH tried causing us trouble. The bar complained if anyone stood outside our building, and the church was mental, crazy and looking for a way to burn us at the stake.

We had a cop come into the shop looking for a missing child because he heard that we played D&D there and that involved sacrificing of children to the devil.

We didn't sacrifice kids, though we threatened to if they misbehaved. It was a running joke in the shop.

I was one of those kids who grew up playing these kinds of games with my friends. I thought I was rather lucky. The crowd was very bright, a collection of some of the best minds in our school. We became a pretty tight nit social group and had a blast over the years growing up together.

It was the best social mix of people as well, we had jocks and geeks, welfare kids and rich kids, troublemakers and saints all working together and having a BLAST.

I can remember my dickheaded Dad finding my D&D books, and flipping out over the artwork. He accused me of being into Satanism and banned any of the books or anything related to it from the house and forbid me from ever having anything to do with it. Of course I just ignored him and kept playing, I just covered my tracks and didn't leave anything around for him to find.

But years later, he opened a used book shop and got some D&D books in some boxes of books he purchased. He got to thumbing through them and became interested. After he gave it a look over, he did a 180 degree turn, thought it was something cool and NOT a demonic thing. He then started selling them new and was well on his way to being a game shop when he was burglarized for all of the D&D stuff and he didn't have insurance. (small shop, very poor...) Karma got him as well, because some snotty cunt I went to school with wrote a nasty article on his devil worshiping D&D store in the local paper. I got the immense pleasure of asking him, "how does it feel?"

That's ok, he got even, I didn't get into Magic the Gather like he advise back when they weren't known by anyone and just starting. I missed vast pile of cash missing out on cards that became incredibly high priced. I didn't get in on it until Legends, but I still paid the bills with it and enough to take my card business into a full blown game shop. I just wish I had done it in a big college town where I would have more of a population and customer roll over as the students move along.

As was, I saturated the market in a 75 mile radius, and my other shop, a gift shop was failing, and I had a spouse who had no discipline in spending. Couple that with a couple of damning business mistakes, some wrong investments, a town full of religious zealots hounding you, cops harassing your customers, it all adds up to a nervous breakdown, financial ruin, and at last divorce.

You know what made it worth while? I started a gaming club, and the shop was open until ungodly hours on the weekend. I installed huge gaming tables, that we built ourselves. They weren't Vegas quality, but they were nice, clean and looked great and were HUGE and they were full of gamers. The D&D groups got so huge, I had to split them up. I wrote original content for it all and wrote material for the Dungeon Masters. We coordinated it all as one world and the groups would meet for some vast epic event. You have to break it down into smaller groups. I dungeon mastered groups of 20 plus, while they claimed to have loved it, the mechanics of it don't work out so well.

Two examples; With dungeon design, you have a lot of 10ft wide coridors to explore. When you have 20 people, you pray everyone doesn't fire at once at something ahead. I let them figure this out the hard way of course. But as a DM, you have to keep things entertaining and flowing as well as brutal to boneheaded player choices. Also, 16 hit dice monsters that are normal problems for lower levels tend to die instantly if they miss the initiative roll, when there are 20 people attacking them at once. Little things like that.

I digress. I'm looking forward to the show.

Re:Where was this show... (1)

UncleRage (515550) | more than 2 years ago | (#39409781)

Was it the 80's (the whole dad, D&D and the devil)? The 80's fucked me over, too. Geraldo, Oprah and that other one... Phil. Jesus, between D&D and Iron Maiden, I'm surprised a single child made it through the 80's without being sacrificed to the prince of darkness...

Re:Where was this show... (3, Informative)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39410085)

Oh indeed. It was around 79 to 81. Hey, you just missed KISS. Parents and churches flipped the fuck out over them. Kings In Satan's Service is what they said at church when they preached about it. (We keep electing some wacky people out of this brain cloud pool.) Forget going to see AC/DC, Jail Break was what it was to escape to get to one of their concerts.

America: we have our own version of the Taliban.

Will Wheaton is lame... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39409377)

...as an older sci-fi person I don't see what the hell you youngsters are ravin' on about Will Wheaton. He's lame and so was that Star Trek show. WTF?

Re:Will Wheaton is lame... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39410827)

...as an older sci-fi person I don't see what the hell you youngsters are ravin' on about Will Wheaton. He's lame and so was that Star Trek show. WTF?

Yea, yea, . . . "Hey you kids! Get off my lawnnnnch pad! And stop kicking my robot!"

-CF

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AVGN done it first :P (1)

Cito (1725214) | more than 2 years ago | (#39410481)

"Angry Video Game Nerd" James Rolfe has already had a web series called "Board James" for couple years now. And trust me it's way more entertaining than any bullshit Wheaton will put out.
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