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Links: TableTop's History, Alderac's Future & Giant Kids' Games Now

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• In his June 11, 2012 "Rolling for Initiative" column on ICv2, Scott Thorne writes about Wil Wheaton's TableTop after interviewing associate producer Boyan Radakovich (who is the designer of High School Drama! and a former employee at ACD Distribution). Of note:

TableTop originated out of Google's desire to move towards providing more professionally produced videos on YouTube, getting away from user generated and scattershot material such as "Keyboard Cat" and "Charlie Bit My Finger". While some videos racked up huge viewing numbers, millions more didn't. Google funded the project with approximately $100 million and tapped actress, writer and producer Felicia Day to create a channel.
As I've mentioned a few times in this space, Thorne notes that "The Wheaton Effect" has generated increased sales of nearly every game featured on the show, and Radakovich notes that the links to Amazon included with each TableTop video will soon be replaced, which should lead to more retailers using the program as a promotional tool within their shops and elsewhere.

Board Game Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
• Todd Rowland at Alderac Entertainment Group talks with Tom Gurganus at the Go Forth and Game blog about upcoming releases and his personal history with the company, closing with this invitation of sorts for game designers:

Probably the most interesting thing we're working on right now is a system that will let various designers, both known and up-and-coming, submit their game concepts to Tempest and continue the story of the world, as well as of course having their games published in this high-profile line. So if you have a game you've been working on with your friends, keep an eye on our Tempest website for information on how you can submit it for consideration in Tempest.
Tempest being, for those who don't know, a shared world in which three upcoming games – Courtier, Dominare and Mercante, all due out in October 2012 – are set, with certain characters in the city-state of Tempest appearing in multiple games. As of June 19, 2012, you can apply for access to the Tempest designer resource on AEG's website.

• Erik Wecks at Wired's Geekdad offers game suggestions for those who are puzzled "What to Do When Settlers Isn't Enough". Feel free to offer your own suggestions to overwhelm new gamers with more choices than they can possibly process.

• Since 2009, members of the "State of Seething" have gathered annually to create a giant version of a familiar children's game, starting with Mouse Trap (video on BGG), then going on to Buckaroo! (video), Hungry Hungry Hippos (video below) and for 2012 Ker-Plunk!, although video for this event isn't available yet, probably because it took place June 16-17. (HT: Purple Pawn)

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