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International TableTop Day - June
Sat, Jun 1, 2024

International TableTop Day

International Tabletop Day is an annual worldwide celebration of tabletop games. They are a great way to spend your time in a fun and interesting way while engaging your intellect. This form of leisure involves one or more partners, so you get pleasure not only from the game but also from communicating with friends and family. The holiday is celebrated every first Saturday in June.

History

One of the oldest board games was Senet, popular in ancient Egypt. The game was played on a board with 30 squares, which featured symbols of good luck and bad luck. Besides its entertainment aspect, the game also had religious overtones. It was believed that players who were successful in Senet could count on the favor of the deities and their support, while those who had misfortune would face it in real life soon.

International Tabletop Day is believed to have started in 2013 when a group of enthusiastic gamers organized gaming events where people could find partners for different board games and engage in exciting gaming battles.

In the Roman Empire, there was an early version of modern backgammon, where the objective was to knock out all the opponent’s checkers from the board faster than the opponent. Today, there are many varieties of board games, both standalone and based on various movies, games, and literary universes.

Interesting Facts

  • The now-famous game “Monopoly” was created back in 1903. It was originally called “Landlord’s Game” and got its modern name in 1935.
  • The success of the “Lord of the Rings” universe contributed to the emergence of fantasy board games. The first such games began to appear in the 1970s.

How to Celebrate

Get together with family or friends and play your favorite board games. Buy new game sets to try out some more games. If you don’t have partners, attend game day events on that day!

Share about the holiday on social media. Ask users how often they play board games and what their favorite games are.

When is International Tabletop Day celebrated in 2024?

International Tabletop Day is observed on the first Saturday in June.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday June 1 2024
Saturday June 6 2025
Saturday June 5 2026
Saturday June 4 2027
Saturday June 3 2028
Saturday June 2 2029