#TableTop Returns

Geek & Sundry’s fun and fantastic series about games and gamers, TableTop, is returning for a new season of episodes as soon as April 4th. This is wonderful and welcome news. Host and producer Wil Wheaton hints at some of the games and guests to feature on the show over at Wil Wheaton dot Net […]


PAX East obliterated Jared Sorensen’s voice but he still had an event left to run. Players were counting on him. The convention schedule had the game session locked in. Sorensen, his voice already spent on conversations and events in the noisy convention venues, seemed fucked. But Jared Sorensen didn’t quit. Sorensen was on the hook […]

Wil Wheaton's New TableTop

Writer, actor, geek, gamer, and producer Wil Wheaton has a shiny new web series coming to the shiny new YouTube channel, Geek and Sundry. The show’s called TableTop and its something like Celebrity Poker meets Dinner For Five except instead of dinner or poker there are fun and funny people playing fun and funny tabletop games. The first […]

RPGs as Missed Connections

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Design, Fan Culture, RPGs, Writing | 8 Comments

I want to write a missed-connection piece for those beautiful RPGs that have passed me on the train or gone unmet at the coffeehouse. Different kinds of game texts connect with different kinds of audiences. Naturally an audience may tend to prefer and admire the text that connects with them over those that don’t. Can […]

Attack of the Show's Board Game Night

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Board Games, Fan Culture, Video Games | 2 Comments

Rich Sommer (Mad Men) is a board game fan. Now he’s taking his fandom to the airwaves with this (hopefully recurring) segment about board games for G4’s Attack of the Show. In this first installment, Sommer looks at a game I still haven’t played (co-created by one of my favorite designers, Eric Lang), a game […]

One Cool Thing I Saw After Gen Con 2011

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011 in Conventions, Fan Culture | 2 Comments

We’re back from Gen Con. Until I (Will) get caught up on email on deliverables, I’ll just leave this here for you to see, if you haven’t seen it already. The exclamation point at the end of any convention is, of late, Jason Morningstar’s “One Cool Thing” video project. Here’s the newest video in the series: One […]

Will @ Gen Con 2011

I’m sure you’ve been waiting with breath all bated for this. It’s my Gen Con Indy schedule for 2011. If you’re looking for me at Gen Con this year, you’ll find me at the following places (and at sundry other places in the gaps within this schedule). You’ll notice that I don’t have a lot […]

Gods of the Game

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Creativity, Design, Fan Culture | No Comments

Although it apparently caused great furor, Chain World was news to me when I read the article “Chain World Videogame Was Supposed to be a Religion—Not a Holy War” on Wired.com last night. There’s no sense recapitulating the article’s contents here (read it!), but as the very briefest summary, it concerns Jason Rohrer—designer of the […]

Everyone's Awards

You have a single prize to award to one noun — person, place, thing, or event — in recognition of excellence in gaming for the previous year, from July 2010 to July 2011. This is a prize of celebration and recognition only. No trophy, no money, no stickers, no medals. What do you call your […]

2011 Diana Jones Award Nominees

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Board Games, Books, Fan Culture, RPGs | No Comments

The short list for this year’s Diana Jones Award has been revealed and, as is ordinary for these extraordinary awards, it’s a wonderful list. I got it from Robin D. Laws’ livejournal, but Matt Forbeck has the list all linked up: Diana Jones Award Press Release. It’s the home of the press release until the […]