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The "Wheaton Effect" from the view point of a "NEWBIE" to the Board Game World.

How did the show affect my choices?

As of 12/19/2013:
Total Games in Collection as of 12/13/2013: 158

----------------Total Games from the Show: 33
Game Featured on the Show -- Owned Prior: 4
Bought due in part or because of the Show: 16
Might buy someday in part due to TableTop: 3
Confirmed /Alerted me to ----------games: 12

Games NOT Featured-same time frame-Bought: 61

I think that Will Wheaton and the Table Top crew have done a great job of introducing me and others to a world beyond Monopoly, Risk and Chess. I do think the show as offered up some great games but I do not think it had that much effect either. It helped point me in the right direction faster, granted, but I dont think it has ever changed my mind. I did by 1 game due to the show that we arent all that fond of but I probably would have bought 10 other to that 1 with not guidance. I do love to see how a game is played rather than just a review and for me that gives me a better idea of what would suit us.

What do you think quick review or watch a game in action?
How many games have you played/bought because of the show?

Comments welcome, but, please, if you cant say something nice or constructive keep your comments to yourself.

Thanks!

My History in Gaming

I have played the "classic" family board games all my life. I grew up in a very small rural area in Northern Canada. We played games on Friday or Sunday night and Partied on Saturday Nights. We played any game you can think of that used a standard deck of cards and whatever board games owned.

My husband and I where Hugely into Magic the Gathering in the early 90s when we were in college.

After College we started playing computer games and then we got into MMORPGs. After having kids I just havent had the time for MMORPGs and now that the kids are older we've really been getting into board games. We've been trying to get our friend into boardgames, too.

I had never thought of looking at YouTube for video's on how to play a game or for game reviews. I frankly didnt watch much on YouTube at all.
My son found the first Table Top show and wanted to get Zombie Dice and we've been hooked ever since. We have also moved on to DiceTower, Watch It Played, others and of course Board Game Geek.



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1. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:51]
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Episode: 33 Lords of Waterdeep

Year that the Game was Published: 2012
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2013-Aug 22

To Date 10/21/2013: 372,859 views
As of 12/19/2013: 406,227 views
As of 4/3/2017: 1,419,380 views


Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here?

YES.
We also looked at the Dice Tower Reviews and other reviews. We bought it because I saw it for $19.99 on Amazon. It has one corner that was smushed in about 2mm which with kids didnt bother me. In the same shipment we bought "Snake Oil" . It had major damage and I sent it back. Snake Oil is a fun little game and we've even added a few house variations to it.

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Would I buy it now?

At $19.99 YUP. Full price... if you LOVE worker placement games and LOVE the theme, yes. To me there isnt much difference between this and Stone Age to pay full price. It's been fun though.
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2. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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Episode: 32 Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

Year that the Game was Published: 2012
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2013-Aug 7

To Date 10/21/2013: 372,859 views
As of 12/13/2013: 437,595 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here?

YES, but we didn't buy it. It looked boring. Sorry for those who like the game. Then again I fall asleep during most RPG games, too.

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Would I buy it now?

Unlikely. I'd play it with friend if they bought it and wanted to but I wouldnt seek out a play, let alone buy the game.
 
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Episode: 14

Year that the Game was Published: 2008
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012-Oct 4

To Date 10/20/2013: 472,365 views
As of 12/19/2013: 512,709 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES
I love it!
Kids Love it!
Hubby Loves it!
Great Coop Game. It looked great on the show and we were not disappointed.

Now with more places to get game info, learning what type game family we are and learning what mechanics we like in a game.
Would I buy it now?

YES, watching this did play a BIG part in elevating any doubt we'd love the game. At some point we'll buy the expansions.
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:100] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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Episode: Ticket to Ride Europe

Wil Wheaton and guests Emma Caulfield (Actress—Buffy the Vampire Slayer), John Kovalic (Cartoonist—Dork Tower), and Anne Wheaton play Ticket to Ride Europe!

Year that the Game was Published: 2005

Table Top Episode Released Date: Jan 23, 2014
To Date 1/24/2014: 95,307


We've owned this for awhile now.
 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Episode: 4

Year that the Game was Published: 2004
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012-May 18

To date: 643,710 views
As of 12-17-2013: 689,934 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES
Do I like the Game? It's okay but trains arent my thing.
Do my Kids like the Game? YES


Now with more places to get game info, learning what type game family we are and learning what mechanics we like in a game.
Would I buy it now? Probably!

At this point I had found other reviews. We bought Ticket to Ride: Europe. I am glad I did. My kids love it, but I am just not a big fan. I like Catan or Carcossone more, then this as a "gateway" game. This is coming from someone who is just starting to move on to other EuroGames and Amer-Mod games
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6. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:202]
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Episode: 25 The Resistance

Year that the Game was Published: 2008
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2013-Apr 18

To Date 10/20/2013: 600,496 views
As of 12/19/2013: 692,544 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES.

100% bought it because of watching this episode. I am glad we did it's on of our favorites. We've played this with several other couples.

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Would I buy it now?

YES.
 
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Episode: 1 Small World

Year that the Game was Published: 2009
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012- Apr 2


As of 12/19/2013: 1,323,155 views
As of 04/01/2015: 1,937,089 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES
Do I like the Game? It's okay
Do my Kids like the Game? YES


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Would I buy it now? YES!?!
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8. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:218] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Episode: 12

Year that the Game was Published: 2008
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012-Sept 6

To Date 10/20/2013: 405,185 views
As of 12/19/2013: 438,752 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? It might be a factor, but after seeing the game. I think I would rather buy the Journey's version. This version is a little to abstract and subjective for me.


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Would I buy it now?

If we are looking for a Party Game... It's on my list.
 
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9. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:235]
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This has been on my Amazon Wishlist for Months! IT just confirmed the fact I want to get this game. Sadly, ATM I am saving my money for BGG.CON next week. Maybe I'll get it there.

Update we bought this Early Dec. We really like it, too. Great game.


Episode: 37 TAKENOKO---The Panda Feeding Frenzy!

Can Wil, Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time), Rosanna Pansino (Nerdy Nummies), and Drew Roy (Falling Skies)

Year that the Game was Published: 2011

Table Top Episode Released Date: Nov 14, 2013
To Date 11/15/2013: 82,805
To Date 12/10/2013: 250,334
As of 12/19/2013: 268,960 views



I think we first saw this one the DiceTower, then Watch It Played and then Table Top. We also got a chance to play it at BGG CON. After there playing it my son insisted we buy it.
 
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10. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:257]
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11. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:321] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Episode: 2

Year that the Game was Published: 1995
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012-Apr 20

To Date: 669,534 views
As of 12/19/2013: 708,727 views
As of 04/01/2015: 1,102,136 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES
Do I like the Game? YES
Do my Kids like the Game? YES


Now with more places to get game info, learning what type game family we are and learning what mechanics we like in a game.
Would I buy it now? YES!!!

I think "Table Top" probably did boost the sales of this game. Target started carrying the Game. I've seen this episode posted on Pinterest.
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12. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:349]
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Episode: 34

Year that the Game was Published: 2005
Table Top Episode Released Date : 2013- Oct 3

To Date 10/21/2013: 225,412 views
As of 12/19/2013: 318,943 views


Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? NO

NO. We owned this game before the Episode Aired. We was put on our Amazon list because of all the reviews and references made by the Dice Tower reviewers. The Top 10 COOP games, begin a big one. We were looking for a new CooP game for the Family. We checked out several other reviews before moving it from our Amazon List and into our Shopping Cart, though.

Now with more places to get game info, learning what type game family we are and learning what mechanics we like in a game.
Would I buy it now?

YUP, we like it. I like the traitor aspect-is there or isnt there? I like that people can walk in late and enter the game.

Although, I'll usually find a way to get late comers into any game. Usually, I'll just average out the components / gold / points if all at the table agree we let them into the game.

Talking about Amazon Wish lists. I have several amazon wishlists that are "GAMES: x type here" These are lists of things on my radar from various YouTube reviews and BGG threads that look interesting. I keep a "want to play" list on BGG. Games I think I'd buy probably with out playing though are on my Amazon wishlist. That way I can quickly see a price point and list when I have a little extra cash for a game or need a Gift Idea.

If we are buying just 1 game, usually it's through Amazon Prime. If it's $80 - $100 worth of games, then place them all in my cart for a total price. Then I fill a cart on "Fun Again Games" and one at "Cool Stuff Inc" The lowest overall price wins. That usually only happens for the Holidays or Birthdays.

We've started buying games for gifts for Birthday Kids and family.
We in the past always bought a BOOK with a toy. I try and get a toy that fits the theme of a children's book that we've enjoyed. It's really great for kids under the age of 10. They can take the ideas from story and use it in there imaginative play. I always get comments months later about how much the parents and kids loved the gifts.
Now I do the same with Games for Kids.

 
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13. Board Game: Lords of Vegas [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:370]
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Wil Wheaton and guests Miracle Laurie (Actress—Dollhouse) and Angela and Aubrey Webber (The Doubleclicks) play Lords of Vegas!

Year that the Game was Published: 2010

Table Top Episode Released Date: Feb 20, 2014
To Date 3/1/2014: 190,452
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14. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:426]
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Episode: 17

Year that the Game was Published: 2003
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2013-Jan 3

To Date 10/20/2013: 480,922 views
As of 12/19/2013: 522,512 views


Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES- Bought it.

I liked the episode. I love the art work. I like the game. Sadly, I am the only person in my family who seems to love it. Everyone has 101 other games they'd rather play. I bought the Big Box, too. I just need to find someone to play the game with me....oy!

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Would I buy it now?

Probably.
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15. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:459]
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16. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:459]
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Episode: 36 PART 2

Year that the Game was Published: 2004

Table Top Episode Released Date : Oct 24, 2013
To Date 10/27/2013: 117,026
As of 12/19/2013: 261,069 views





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17. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:462]
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Episode: 19 Dragon Age I
Episode: 20 Dragon Age II
Episode: 21 Extended Small World
Episode: 22 Extended Castle Panic
Episode: 23 Extended Pandemic


EPISODE: 24 Formula D

Year that the Game was Published: 2008
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2013-Apr 18

To Date 10/20/2013: 366,002 views
As of 12/19/2013: 396,196 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here?

No, I didnt watch it. I think my son did. I dont like car racing.

Now with more places to get game info, learning what type game family we are and learning what mechanics we like in a game.
Would I buy it now?

Maybe, but it's more because the Dice Tower talks it up. (especially, Zee) If any of my kids show an interest in car racing or I can find a educational reason I still might get it.
 
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18. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:489]
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Episode: 11

Year that the Game was Published: 2011
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012-Aug 23

To Date Oct 20/2013: 685,956 views
As of 12/19/2013: 742,262 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? It might be a factor.


Now with more places to get game info, learning what type game family we are and learning what mechanics we like in a game.
Would I buy it now?

I'm thinking Elder Sign or Arkham Horror or Ghost Stories.
 
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19. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:599] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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Episode: 15

Year that the Game was Published: 2007
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012-Oct 18

To Date 10/20/2013: 573,367 views
As of 12/19/2013: 624,128 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES- Didnt Buy it!

Even with my limited gaming experiences I noted the mechanics and theme and my style of play would clash. I am not a huge zombie fan but if I am going to be hunted by zombies OR be a zombie the then to add to the theme if your character dies... what thrill or fear is there if you know you can just get a new character to replace it?? To me that seemed Wrong!

The Episode it's self was entertaining.

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Would I buy it now?

Doubtful.
 
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20. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:636]
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Episode: 28

Year that the Game was Published: 2010
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2013-May 30

To Date 10/20/2013: 293,000 views
As of 12/13/2013: 329,912 views


Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES, sadly.

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Would I buy it now?

NO!!

I bought it at the same time we bought Pandemic. I thought Pandemic would be to above our 6 and 9 year old and perhaps my 12 year old. I didnt think it would be so SIMILAR in play to Pandemic. My mistake buying 5 games all at one time without playing them.!!! Lesson learned.

My six year old will break out Pandemic and play it solo. All of my kids will play Pandemic before they play "Forbidden Island". It's been pulled out of the tin "TWICE" since we bought it. We might try it one more time, and I already have a possible trade lined up for it.

Every time I think about this game I think about writing an article from the view point of a NEW gamer, buying games and lessons learned while figuring out what type of gamer you are.



UPDATE: Supposedly, Forbidden Desert is Much Better... we'll see if I get a chance to play it but I am not gonna buy it till after I play it at least once.



 
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21. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:699] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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Episode: 29 Smash Up

Year that the Game was Published: 2012
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2013-Jun 13

To Date 10/20/2013: 285,596 views
As of 12/13/2013: 328,932 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? Not really.

Euh! I think between the "King of Tokyo" and this game from watching them being played on Table Top. King of Tokyo stands a better chance of being added to our collection.

Honestly, I thought about going back and watching this again. I do tend to multi-task. That being said if the episode or game pulls me in I'll drop everything to watch. This one I know we watched but I dont recall it at all.

My kids dont mention this game. My second son recalled a Rahdo "Agricola" run through and asked specifically for that game weeks later. We enjoy playing Agricola on a "Family Level" with the kids. This game though has never come up again.
 
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22. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:704]
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Qwirkle, is a game that has been on my wishlist for 2 years. I never seem to commit to it. I might get it someday.


Episode: 38A Qwirkle and 38B 12 Days!

Wil Wheaton and guests Kelly Hu (Actress, ""The 100,"" ""X2,"" "Phineas and Ferb"), Meredith Salenger (Actress, "Anger Management," "The Journey of Natty Gann"), and Nolan Kopp (Wil's stepson) play Qwirkle and 12 Days!

I enjoyed the episode... Kelly Hu made the show fun! And it was nice to see Will's son Nolan, he seems like a really nice guy!
I loved the bit Will did on Qwirkle blocking!

Will lost yet, again!

Year that the Game was Published: 2006

Table Top Episode Released Date: Dec 12, 2013
To Date 12/19/2013: 201,318 views
1 hours after that: 201,779 views *after updating
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23. Board Game: Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:784]
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Fortune and Glory: Brandon Routh, Felicia Day, and Ryon Day join Will

TableTop SE2E20

Year that the Game was Published: 2011

Table Top Episode Released Date: Feb 6, 2014
To Date 3/1/2014: 298,226
 
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24. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:837]
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Episode: 3c

Year that the Game was Published: 2004
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012-May 4
To Date: 998,575 views

Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here? YES
Do I like the Game? It's okay
Do my Kids like the Game? It's okay


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Would I buy it now? NO. I need a bit more to a game. Zombie Dice is all LUCK but it's quick and fun. While this is game is gorgeous to me it just left me flat. We'll keep it in our collection until we run out of space.
 
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25. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:870]
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Episode: 6

Year that the Game was Published: 2009
Table Top Episode Released Date: 2012-Jun 1

To Date: 500,860 views
As of 12/17/2013: 534,485 views


Did "Table Top" affect my buying decision here?

YES, we didnt buy it. We decided it looked like a light game for kids, and we wanted more games that the parents could enjoy with the kids.

Now with more places to get game info, learning what type game family we are and learning what mechanics we like in a game.
Would I buy it now?

No. The kids have lists of games they'd like. It's not on their list either.
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