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All on the table

Monday, 27th May, 2019

Ben Tinney and Josh Moody of Broken Hill Tabletop Gamers. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Ben Tinney and Josh Moody of Broken Hill Tabletop Gamers. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

Step up to the table with the Broken Hill Tabletop Gamers and help them celebrate International Tabletop Day this week.

Organiser of the day and a founding member and administrator of the Broken Hill Tabletop Gamers, Ben Tinney, is inviting anyone interested or even just curious about board and card games to join them.

“I’m what you would call an enthusiast and have a large collection of games, but the group involves a full spectrum of people, including those who have never owned a board game in their life,” said Ben. 

“International Tabletop day is a day dedicated to sharing the fun of games and celebrating those who come to the table in the spirit of competition and community,” he said. 

The very first International Tabletop Day took place in 2013 and each year since then events have taken place across the world.

“We’re happy to be able to run our own gathering in Broken Hill this year,” said Ben.

“There will be games set up and ready for all comers to try, with experienced players on hand to teach the rules. There will be a wide variety of games on offer, from vintage classics right through to modern award winners.

 “I think a lot of us connect to board games as children growing up, whether its UNO or Monopoly or Scrabble, even Snakes and Ladders,” he said.

“The biggest challenge I have is conveying that games can offer so much more and can fill pretty much any entertainment niche you have.”

In this age where everyone is never more than arms reach from a screen there is a real movement towards unplugging and having a shared experience with others across a table.

“There is so much fun to be had gathering with a group of friends and throwing some dice or shuffling some cards without some barrier of technology between you.”

The Broken Hill Tabletop Gamers run fortnightly events at the South Community Centre Library every other Tuesday from 6.30pm.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own games and many of the regulars with larger collections bring a selection of games to teach and play.

The event is free and open to anyone who wants to attend. 

“A big focus for us is inclusion, so we try to tailor which game we play to the crowd we have on the night, whether it be a large game involving everyone in attendance or splitting off into smaller groups,” said Ben. 

Entry to the event is free with drinks available for purchase and a sausage sizzle provided. 

There will be a donation tin available for those who wish to contribute to the Patton Village Community Group. Anyone with a love of board or card games are encouraged to come along and join the fun.

WHAT: International Tabletop Day

WHEN: Saturday, June 1 from 10am

WHERE: South Community Centre Library

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