Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day team up for Tabletop, a show about tabletop games

Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day have teamed up to produce a new webshow called Tabletop, "like Celebrity Poker meets Dinner for Five, where we got interesting people we know together for tabletop games." It's a fantastic idea, and the trailer makes it look very promising indeed. Day and Wheaton are two of my favorite indie geek media people, and this is quite an exciting moment!

In season one of the show, we play games like Settlers of Catan, The Last Night on Earth, Munchkin, Small World, and Alhambra. Some of the players include Grant Imahara, Sean Plott (better known as Day[9]), Dodger Leigh, Ryan Higa, Beth Riesgraf, Phil Lamarr, Morgan Webb, Garfunkle and Oats, Veronica Belmont, and Colin Ferguson.

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.

I'm pretty sure we succeeded. By the second day of production, our crew was grabbing games out of our games library to play at lunch. All of our interns and production assistants have become complete game fanatics, and whenever I edit a show, all I want to do is go home and play that game until my face falls off.

This is my new show, Tabletop


    1. Because it generates comedy?
      The Penny Arcade + Wizards of the Coast podcast of playing a D&D game was brilliant entertainment, and one of them even had Wil Wheaton playing.
      Prior to listening to it, I would have figured that broadcasting an RPG would be a miserable failure.

  1. Speaking of Wil, NO ONE can narrate a John Scalzi novel like Wil Wheaton. Perfection. I have no complaints for William Dufris, he’s good, too. But Wil is the best. More, please.

  2. I really hope this isn’t some mean early April Fools joke. I can’t wait to see this in it’s entirety.

    1. It’s not. They’ve already shot a year’s worth of  episodes which will post/air every other week. The channel launches on the 2nd of April. 

      I am super jazzed.

  3. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

    Edit: OH God! And Phil Lamarr!! And Garfunkle and Oates! I’m having a total meltdown here.

    1. OMG!  Garfunkel & Oates!  I saw them live last October at Tempe Improv.  They are ridiculously amazing.  I am going to have a total melt down with you!

      This is awesome.

  4. What is the game that looks like a scaled-up version of Car Wars? Also need Blood Bowl!

    /They had me at Dinner For Five.

  5. Wil and Felicia make an awesome team, and they appear and work together so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if Anne (Mrs. Wil) Wheaton had a special dagger set aside just for Felicia.

  6. I hope they have contests that let viewers win a seat. I’d love to play Arkham Horror with any of these people.

    1.  A lot of other people were there WAY before “I Hit it with My Axe.” After all, the concept of the show comes from the Poker All Stars. Beyond that, Wil actually was a player on the Penny Arcade Dungeons and Dragons sessions which had a similar look and feel and also predate IHiwMA.

      Besides, it doesn’t matter who got there first. It looks like a lot of fun and I think thats the main point.

  7. Game Request: Risk
    Guest Request: Jim “Sheldon Cooper” Parsons and/or Kaley “Penny” Cuoco

    1. I’d rather see board/card games, myself. Easier to grab-and-go, lower learning curve…these make it easier to focus on the social aspect.

      I really hope they serve beer and pretzels.

    2. While D&D and roleplaying games are fun, they wouldn’t really make for good TV.  Too intricate, there really isn’t a winner or ending, and just way too time-consuming.

      1.  You should check out the DnDwizards channel on YouTube. Go back a ways and watch the saga of Acquisitions incorporated. Some really funny stuff in there.

        1. I know what you’re talking about, but it’s not really the same thing as what they are doing here.

    3.  It looks like there may be a session of Fiasco in there. I know Wil is a big fan of it and it’s the only game that I can account for with those black and white dice pools.

  8. Seems like the geek and sundry channel in general (of which Tabletop is just a part) is looking pretty darn cool. I wish youtube had better support for subscriptions (both the RSS and email feeds seem to take a long time to update).

  9. If you haven’t already, see “The Gamers: Dorkness Rising” first—  it’s a great D&D comedy from a small handful of filmmakers. I found it on Netflix, so it’s easily accessible.

    “Hide behind the pile of dead bards!”

  10. Yeah. Duh. …This is just a step below Christians discovering sex: “Oh, that was actually a good time. Can we do that again please?”

  11. Seconding the Shut Up and Sit Down recommendation (shutupshow.com).  Frequently hilarious reviews of board games filmed in their living rooms and neighborhood surroundings by a couple of excellent English gents with zero-budget and excellent comic writing and timing.

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