Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Welcome to our Tabletop!

Hull-o!

Welcome to the introdutory Blog for MKTabletop.com: MK Tabletop Talk. I will be your host for the evening, MK. Before we get down to any serious topics, just a word about myself and my passion for all things tabletop.

I was born and raised in California. I was born child number 6, boy number 5 to an eventual total of 8 with 6B/2G split. I am a father of two amazing little girls (currently six months and 2.5 years). I am married to one of the most amazing women ever to grace the earth with her presence (shameless plug ...hey she will read this too)! I have hit a point in my life where I would rather be with my family more than working up a sweat to make someone else a dollar. Thus the birth of MKTabletop.com where I try to make a living while embracing one of my longest living passions; Tabletop Games!

While I have found myself employed in many different walks of life including, but not limited to, Oak Furniture Construction, Certified Nursing Assistant, Customer Service Leadership, and most recently a Wine Specialist (including the Sommelier Certification), one thing that has always remained constant is my love of sitting around a table with a group of friends and playing a game. Nothing can top that type of social interaction. Keep your MMOs, and your "Live" play from around the world via your gaming station, I would rather open a box, or bust out the source books and some dice any day.

I can remember playing simple games like Memory, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Connect Four, etc. with my brothers and sisters from an age I can not define. It didn't take long, partially due to my older siblings, before I wanted to move on to bigger and more complex games. I learned all about Clue, Monopoly, Chess, Risk and so many others! With every new game I played my passion became stronger. My brothers and I were known to open a risk game and continue to play it for weeks at a time. We would wake up, get ready, play a turn or two, then go to school, come home, play until mom called us away for food, then play until she ushered us into bed. Those days were fun! However the same games played over and over can get a touch old. I needed ...something else.

Pass a few more years with a blur because ...well, you know... hormones. Next I find myself sitting around a living room floor with my older brother and a bunch of his friends as they introduce me to what has propelled my love of games back into a fiery passion for years since, and many more on the way; Dungeons & Dragons. Here I am a young 12-14 year old kid who has just found out that I can pick up a sword and fight an evil Dragon! I can study the ways of magic and sling fireballs at the approaching Orc army! I can stealthily maneuver to just the right spot to deliver a critical shot to the tyrannical Duke from the shadows! I can wield the powers of the Gods to both heal my companions and destroy the Undead plaguing the city! Now, don't get me wrong, there are many other games I have played and still love to this day (think Hero-Quest, Munchkin, Fate and Sentinels of the Multiverse just to name a few), but it was that very moment when I was able to see a game with endless possibilities. It was that moment my deep hunger for games was reinstated.

Since then I have enjoyed so many Board Games, Card Games, Role Playing Games and anything in between that I do not believe I could remember them all to name. I have also played a few that I found ...less entertaining. I won't take the time to go over all of the different games I have played, what campaigns I have completed, or any other details. Not here and now. In the many blogs to come I will go over game reviews that will go over these in detail. I will bring some ideas that I have either found very entertaining, or just down-right awesome that have helped me bring my game to the next level. Maybe you too will find them as exciting as I have!

But not now. This is just the Hello (or Hull-o! as I like to say). This is just me letting you catch a glimpse of how I came to write this blog. I will be here next week with a more specific topic, or perhaps a game review. If you have a specific Topic you would like to have my input on, please feel free to let me know. I am always happy to cater to a fellow Tabletop Games lover!

Until next time ...Game On.