For Immediate Release
March 5, 2013
Do you like games? We hope so. We do. We are always encouraging others to enjoy a hobby that fosters social interaction and creative thinking while still having fun.
Recently, the folks over at Geek & Sundry announced an ambitious initiative to do exactly that. They have designated Saturday, March 30th, 2013 as International TableTop Day. They hope it will be a global effort for gamers, retailers, publishers, and newcomers alike to get together and collectively play games. You know, for fun!
We here at The Cardboard Republic feel this is a great initiative, and we wish to show our support of TableTop Day. Therefore, we are announcing that we will be hosting our own TableTop Day event at The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus! With the assistance of their resident gaming club, Master’s Gaming Konnection, we hope to raise awareness of all the positive aspects gaming brings while having a great time in the process!
From 11AM until 12AM (that’s 13 hours), we will be commandeering the McGauvran Student Center building on UML’s South Campus, located at 71 Wilder St, Lowell, MA 01854 (Google Maps view). We are inviting you to come spend the day with us and to bring your own games to share with others!
Additional details on the event are as follows:
Is there a cost to attend?
Nope. Totally free.
What about parking?
As this is a weekend event, parking will be available at the Visitors section of Dugan Hall, behind Coburn Hall, or on the Riverview or Wilder parking lots. All parking is free. On-street parking is not permitted.
Do I have to be a UML student to attend?
Not at all. This event is open to all gamers in the area looking to spend some quality hours with others over d20s, meeples, worker units, and everything else under the corrugated rainbow.
What games are being offered?
I’m glad you asked! We are going to be running a Games Library for the day, and we’ll need your help to do it! We will have a pool of games available by those willing to lend some of theirs for the day, including some of our own games and those of the UML gaming club. We encourage everyone attending to bring some of their own favorite board games, cards games, and tabletops with them to share. We will have folks manning the station so that none of them go and wander off while you’re busy having fun.
This will allow you to play some games you might not otherwise get a chance to while introducing others to those you find so entertaining. This is similar to how many gaming conventions do gaming libraries, if you have ever been to ones in the region such as TempleCon, TotalCon or PAX East.
What about lengthy games?
Another excellent question! It’s like you’re reading our mind. Not all games wrap up in in that 30-120 minute window. Some go on longer. For games known to take some dedication such as Arkham Horror, Twilight Imperium, Eclipse, Civilization, or tabletop One-Off campaigns, some preparation could be needed.
We have provided a sign-up sheet for exactly that. To see the current list of longer events planned and available spaces, check out this link:
If you are interested in running such a game, please contact us and we will add it so attendees can see it ahead of time. When specifying, please tell us the game you’re looking to run, the number of player slots, approximate time you wish to run it, and reliable contact information. If you’re looking to do a tabletop, we highly encourage short campaigns with pre-made characters.
Again, we encourage you to attend! If you are unable to, we still hope you can make TableTop Day happen in your own way.
Ryan LaFlamme, The Cardboard Republic – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ericka Jo Germain Haddad, Master’s Gaming Konnection – email@example.com
Founded in 2012 and based out of Lowell, MA, The Cardboard Republic aims to be a credible site for gaming-related news, reviews, articles, and more. With decades of collective experience, our team hopes to bring our own voice to the world of non-video games. This includes all manner of card games, board games, and conventional pen & paper tabletops, with a special focus on independent game designers.
The Cardboard Republic is hosting this event at the consent of the UML gaming club and by extension, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. We are not a vendor, and we are not executing this event as such. While adequate precautions will be taken to house and care for games while temporarily in our possession, members of The Cardboard Republic, the UML gaming club, or the school will not be held liable for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.