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Know Your Roots – Gaming Unplugged

So, I’m going to throw some of you for a loop here. This site has long dedicated itself to love of the pixel. From the chunkiest of retro oldies to the slickest of the next-gen consoles and PCs, I think we can all agree that if you’re reading this website, you love video games. I love ’em. You love ’em. What’s not to love?

But, a sub-section of us crave something else. An itch that consoles cannot scratch. Sometimes, open-world games aren’t open enough. Sometimes, the responses we have fed to us to give to stupid NPCs do not convey the questions or answers we would really like to give. Sometimes, some of us even realize that terms like NPC or Hit Points or Armor Class came from something older. something more retro than even pong. Something with even more ostracism associated with it than mere video game nerdery.

I’m talking about tabletop gaming.

Let the horror sink in and calculate your THAC0 while you’re at it.

I’ll wait.

You had to Google THAC0, didn’t you? Well, some of you did. If you know how to calc it, congrats. I didn’t have a degree in theoretical mathematics, so I never learned. And, you also should get with the times. THAC0 was so 1988.

Smartasses will point out that Pong hit the scene two years before D&D ever made it into pimply gamers’ grubby little hands. I would offer in retort that Wargaming however was alive and kicking in all its hexmap glory. So let it be known to all you readers out there, your venerable hobby came out of this hobby. It may not be new and shiny… but it’s still around and has evolved in ways that make it the equal of any video game out there if you have the inclination for it.

With that said, I’ll be bringing some new games to the site for review. Some are retro in and of the fact that I grew up with some of them. Others are newcomers to the scene and bear noting. So, keep an eye out fellow dweebs, dorks and druids.

Tabletop gaming is coming.

Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou (Arcade), Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Switch), Neo Turf Masters (Neo Geo)
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