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Published: Thursday, 4/3/2014 - Updated: 8 months ago

International Tabletop game day comes to Perrysburg area

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Saturday is International Tabletop Day and the Perrysburg area has two locations where gamers can go to celebrate board games with friends and other gaming groups.

Fort Meigs and Owens Community College on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township will both have gaming events. The events will be 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Meigs and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Owens Student Health and Activities Center with the Owens E-Sports Club.

Doug Johnson, who helped bring the event to Fort Meigs, runs his own gaming group called the Colby Street Irregulars. His group has been around for 30 years. He is excited to add the free event for anyone to learn more, socialize, and play games.

"It is an opportunity for kids to see different types of board games with other kids and interact with them instead of playing electronics by themselves," Mr. Johnson said.

Last year was the first year of special day around the globe and there were 3,123 gaming events in 64 countries worldwide, including every state and province in North America and every continent,  even researchers in Antarctica were playing.

Fort Meigs had two board gaming events last year, one of which was miniature war gaming. This is the first time the fort has participated in the International Tabletop Day, however.

"It is the first time we are doing this so I have no clue how many people are coming," Mr. Johnson said.

He would be happy to have 50 people, he said, but there could be more. His group will set up some miniature war gaming on some tables at the Fort Meigs Visitors Center, while Zombies and Ticket to Ride also will be available to play. A Perrysburg High School board game group will be there and another local group, too. He said games will include Monopoly, Risk, card games, and newer war games.

"A lot of kids love these games," Mr. Johnson said. "We trick them into learning things while they are playing."

Usually the miniature war gaming events cost at least $5, but this event is free. Fort Meigs can earn proceeds from a lunch. 

The Sylvania Branch Library, Holland Branch Library, and Checkmate Games in Toledo also will host tabletop games on Saturday. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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