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 variant of leisure provides the presence of one or more partners, so you get pleasure not only from the game, but also from communicating with friends/family. The holiday is celebrated every first Saturday in June.
One of the oldest board games was Senet. It was popular in ancient Egypt. The basis for the game was a playing field with 30 squares, in which there were symbols of good luck and bad luck. In addition to its entertainment aspect, the game also had religious overtones. It was believed that players who were successful in Seneta could count on the favor of the deities and their support, and those who had misfortune would face it in real life in the near future.
It is believed that the International Tabletop Day began to celebrate since 2013, when a group of initiative gamers arranged gaming events, where people could find partners for different board games and fight with them in exciting gaming battles.
In the Roman Empire there was an analogue of modern backgammon. Its essence was to knock out all the enemy checkers from their field faster than the opponent. Today, there are many varieties of board games (both stand-alone and based on various movies, games, literary universes).
- The now famous game “Monopoly” was created back in 1903. Earlier it was called “Land Lord’s” and got its modern name in 1935.
- The emergence of fantasy board games contributed to the success of the “Lord of the Rings” universe. The first such games began to appear on it in the 1970s.
How to celebrate
Get together with family or friends and play your favorite board games. Buy new game sets to try your hand at some more games. If you don’t have partners, attend game day events that day!
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users, how often do they play board games? What is their favorite game?
When is International TableTop Day celebrated in 2024?
International TableTop Day is observed on the first Saturday in June.