Second Season of Wil Wheaton Project. Yes or No? I hope SyFy channel has the foresight to keep it going.
So for those of you who don’t know, earlier this summer, I did 12 episodes of a silly comedy show on Syfy called The Wil Wheaton Project. It was basically The Soup for people like me who enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, as well as jokes about those things. If you’d like to see a bunch of clips from the show, they’re right here on my YouTube thing.
We’re officially on hiatus right now, and we don’t know if the network will order more episodes. I know that they liked us in a creative sense, but the ratings weren’t very good (ratings are generally not very good in summer, and while I don’t believe that ratings are as important as they once were, my opinion on the matter isn’t particularly important to the decision makers), but the people who did watch us really liked us. So I won’t know for a few more weeks, but until then, I’m on hiatus, which means I get to write more, play more games, and prep for season three of Tabletop, which goes into production in October.
Part of that preparation includes finding 20 games to play on the show, and as of today, I have eight (maybe nine) that are strong contenders.
What do you want us to play on the show next year? Would you tell me the game, the publisher, and why you like it?
Keep in mind the criteria for Tabletop game selection:
- Plays well with 4 people.
Plays in under 90 minutes.
Can be generally explained in about 5 minutes.
Has a high ration of luck to strategy, so everyone has a chance to win the game.
Looks great, has clear graphical design and photographs well.
Is not something we’ve played before.
I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
2,070 thoughts on “What would you like to see us play on Tabletop Season Three?”
Play more hidden role games. Coup, Mascarade, The Resistance Avalon (simiar to but legally distinct from the Resistance). Actors are awesome with those sorts of games.
Conquest of Planet Earth, A Touch of Evil, Among the Stars, Kaosball, A Game of Thrones: LCG
Me (45) n my son (17) in merry old england loved the project n hope it continues. Not herd of table top till now so will look forward to that when it starts. Good luck with both. And “play more games”
I have some suggestions for games!
(1) Dead of Winter, from Plaid Hat Games. I feel that the backstabbing potential is pretty strong, and the basics can be taught in 5 min.
(2) Incan Gold, from Gryphon Games. Generally quite an exciting game that is easily teachable in 5 min. May even be able to play two games in 90 min.
(3) Space Cadets Dice Duel, from Stronghold Games. Honestly, this does play very well with 4, but it really shines with 6 or 8. Real-time dice chucking is always exciting to watch. Plus you have two teams, just like sports, so it’s more fun to cheer for.
(4) Going Going Gone, from Stronghold Games. Like Dice Duel, this is real-time and pretty exciting.
(5) Noir, from Level 99 Games. This small pack of cards plays 4 similar games, but my favourite is the 3-4 player variant, Spy Tag. Very fun to play, rules are really simple. The entertainment is trying to evade each other and reading each other player’s mind.
(6) Elevenses, from Adventureland Games. This little card game is light and fun, but has more depth than it looks. Plays very well with 4, teachable in 5 min definitely. And who wouldn’t like a competitive game about preparing morning tea? The theme is just so quirky.
(7) Blood Bowl Team Manager, from Fantasy Flight Games. This underrated game is a favourite to teach my sporty friends. Easy to teach the basics to, as the additional rules only come in after later rounds. And will likely be in stock as FFG is a big publisher.
please play pathfinder. its awesome
Now this is a co op game but I would suggest Sentinels of the Multiverse
I think it would be awesome if you played Fluxx!! There are 9 different versions (Monty Python, Zombie, Cthulhu, Pirate, Oz, Star, Martian, Eco, and Family) and, since the rules always change, it can end at any time! So, you can play more than one version of the game or play more than one game with the same deck. 🙂
They played Star Fluxx in the first season! Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj6C1CBXPvc
Tzolk’in the Mayan Calendar has a high level of strategy to luck, but luck can still play a part when you spin those wheels!
Takenoko is cutesy and fun and great for kids
Stone Age might work since it combines agent placement with dice rolling (in a way that works)
While I have not played it, I have heard good things about the Pathfinder card game
Agreed,the pathfinder card game is great fun, new season would time perfectly with the new Skull & Shackles core set
They played Star Fluxx in the first season! Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj6C1CBXPvc
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Does there have to be a winner, or will co-op games work?
My suggestions with some co-ops thrown in
1) Zombicide (Toxic Mall)
2) Elder Sign
4) Mansions of Madness (with all the puzzles etc, this should make great viewing, Will vs the rest)
5) Star Trek Fleet Commander (great game apart from the obvious connections)
6) Super Dungeon explore (just so those amazing figures get seen)
Zombicide gets my vote – would love to see this on Tabletop
Think Machi Koro would be cool too
Journey: Wrath of Demons looks like it’s going to be HUGE, and deservedly so. It’d be good to see a miniatures game from Asia get some attention!
Cash n guns my friend. Cash n guns.
And maybe Bang!
Survive Escape from Atlantis
3.The Downfall of Pompei
Zombicide. I wanted to say Relic, but the heavy 40k theme might work against it for a tabletop episode.
Zombicide however is about zombies which everyone knows, has very simple mechanics, looks beautiful and has a great buildup towards a climax. There are short missions available.
Arguments against it would be its popularity (so they hardly need the promo) and that people could die early on (both just play with zombivors rules). And in all fairness it’s a bit similar to Last Night on Earth in theme from season 1.
Co op dungeon crawlers are a lot of fun, and the minis look good on camera.
Shadows of Brimstone is coming out soon and has a weird west theme that would be super easy to ham up.
Myth is another good one. Rules are a little wonky, but the gauntlet monster spawning and card based combat should make for some epic action with lots of enemies spawning and dying.
For the kids episode, Robot Turtles is a well received KS game now sold in Target.
Finally, consider getting something really off the wall from a print and play or print on demand company. In that case, you’re being an ambassador for a whole new type of game.
Rogues to Riches is a story-telling game, similar to Once Upon a Time. But instead of telling a fairy tale, on your turn, you tell a heist story. Each player controls a lair with an assortment of traps, guarding a treasure. Each player also plays the role of a thief, carrying an assortment of random items (cards). Using these items, on your turn, you tell the tale of how you will use them to get by the traps of one of the other players to steal their treasure. The better your story, the more likely you will succeed. The other players vote on your story, with thumbs up or down adjusting your final dice roll. If you roll high enough, you succeed. Otherwise, your plan fails and you’ll have to try again next turn. There is some mechanism to determine an overall winner but it’s all about telling hilarious stories and having some laughs.
I would also recommend Mice and Mystics, Incan Gold and Cosmic Encounter.
I’d love to see the following four games, and I think they’d each be a good fit:
Galaxy Trucker – easy to explain, has a fun narrative element, can be very random, but if you feel you need to level the playing field, there are also rules for handicaps. Also, lots to look at when both building ships and when blowing them up.
Flash Point – A cooperative game you haven’t done yet, that is both very strong visually, and is mechanically a nice change from Forbidden Island & Pandemic.
Mascarade – While I’d be tempted to suggest Citadels, I think Mascarade would work better, having that same secretive element as the Resistance. Coup could also work, but Mascarade doesn’t have player elimination. Games are also typically very short, so it could be included in a multiple-games episode.
Quarriors – As far as deckbuilding games go, Quarriors seems like the only one with enough visual impact that it would work for TableTop, being a dicebuilding game instead. It’s very colourful, there’s lots of dice rolling, which adds to the luck element, and because your creatures have to survive on the table for a round for you to score points, it removes a lot of that “all the action in hidden in your deck” problem that Dominion has for TableTop.
Also for consideration would be Hanabi, but I’m less convinced that it would work.
1) CV is pretty fun and meets all your criteria.
2) Funemployed! would be fun with the right group.
3) Lifeboats (the 1993 game, not to be confused with Lifeboat from 2002) was described in one review as “a friendship breaker, if you enjoy that the way I do, then I can’t recommend this game enough.”
A Penny for Your Thoughts.
Another homebrewed Fiasco.
Primetime Adventures, esp. now that 3rd edition is about to be released.
Blood Bowl: Team Manager.
Catacombs could be hysterical…
Great Fire of London 1666
Flying Buffalo’s classic cold war card game “Nuclear War” (http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/nucwar.htm), with or with our expansion packs. The brilliant thing about this game is that there is a final strike, so any time a player is eliminated by another player through a nuclear strike, the eliminated player gets to attack any remaining player with any (legal) combination of deployment systems and megaton age left in their hand. This introduced the possibility that no one wins. What larks! It’s also possibly to eliminate other players using (mostly) non-violent, Cold War strategies.
Dead of Winter would be an excellent choice. The semi-cooperative game mechanics combined with an excellent storytelling aspect.would make for a great show.
Chaosmos (Mirror Box Games) fits every criteria.
I’m still waiting for my copy, but from the gameplay video it seems that it would match perfectly the show. I would love to see you guys playing it and I think it would be a blast!
“The universe is collapsing. Alien races seek a mysterious artifact called the Ovoid, their last hope for salvation…”
Agents of Smersh
Hanabi. A co-op card game in which everyone but you can see your cards. It is very easy to explain and play, and really fun. We have played it with 60 year olds and 6 year olds and everyone has a great time.
Red November. A fun, sill co-op game. There’s some possibility for player elimination, but not necessarily. Also, it’s co-op but there’s an opportunity for back-stabbing which is fun.
I’ll agree with a few of the above…
Shadows of Brimstone: Interesting weird west themed dungeon crawl (inspired by Warhammer Quest). Re-playable and has a great visual impact.
Blood Bowl: Nice theme and uses the deck building concept in interesting ways.
Galaxy Trucker: Simply great fun and always hilarious to watch your “hard work” get blown to pieces.
The Flirefly: Out to the Black card game?
Tiny Epic Kingdoms (Gamelyn Games) — This gives you a 4X feel in a short amount of time. It’s easy to explain, intuitive to play, and player actions work well on camera. Multiple paths to victory, individual player powers, etc.
Police Precinct (Common Man Games) — Co-operative game where the players are a squad of police officers trying to solve a murder while keeping city crime in check.
Fantasy Frontier (Gamelyn Games) — A game about exploration and discovery, where the board is built as the game progresses. Minor player-vs-player conflicts; interesting pattern matching mechanics and action choices.
Alien Frontiers (Clever Mojo Games/Game Salute) — The players are competing to colonize the planet Maxwell. Each turn, space ships (represented by dice) are rolled and docked at different orbital stations to provide the best benefit.
Hanabi (R&R Games) — Co-operative card game where you know the information of everyone else’s hand, but not your own. Would work great on camera where viewers can have access to all information at all time.
Sheriff of Nottingham (Arcane Wonders) — A bluffing and negotiation game where merchants transport and smuggle goods past the sheriff. Very free-form and very personality-enhanced.
Quarriors (WizKids) — A dice building game akin to many deck builders, but utilizing dice instead. Very easy to play and teach, and great player tension as you wonder whether your summoned monsters will survive the turn and earn you glory or be killed by other players’ monsters.
Bang: The Dice Game (ABACUSSPIELE) …
The Downfall of Pompeii (Mayfair Games) …
While I could list so many….
Ca$h N Guns (second edition)
Fun, very simple, and seems befitting to your show.
“Boss monster” would be a stellar game!
“Zombies!!!” is another great fun one.
It would be cool to see some “smash up” expansions (but not the cthulu one)
“Oh gnome you don’t” is just a hilarious game which would be fun to watch.
I’d like to see a bunch of bluffing games like Coup and Mascarade- I feel like that would be fun to watch.
Mission Red Planet
party games like: Game of Things, Why Did the Chicken, Wise and Otherwise, Last Word, and Faux-cabulary,
Sheriff of Nottingham
A Study in Emerald
Eaten by Zombies
Coup / Coup Reformation
Tiny Epic Kingdoms
Krosmaster Arena (with the plastic terrain)
Euphoria – Build a better dystopia
Red Dragon Inn
Lancaster by Queens games
Fun worker placement game where scoring mechanics change each turn based on laws that the players vote on
Street Fighter Deck Building game by Cryptozoic. Or the DC Comics Deck Building Game, or the Lord of the Rings Deck Building Game. All are great, fun with 3 to 5 people and finish in an hour or so.
I just saw an announcement for Portal the board game, and well, anything named “Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game,” can’t go too far wrong… http://au.ign.com/articles/2014/03/06/portal-board-game-coming-later-this-year and http://www.polygon.com/2014/3/5/5458072/portal-board-game-interview-valve-cryptozoic-entertainment although the latter link is currently down
Snake Oil is my current favorite.
It’s a card-based game for three or more people. Every round one person is the buyer. They draw a card from a deck of buyers and can decide to be either one side of the card or the other (ex: Santa Clause or a couch potato). The other players are salespeople. They combine two cards from their hand and try to pitch the resulting product to the buyer. The buyer picks the product that appeals most to their buyer character and the seller of that product gets that buyer card like how players get the card czar’s card in Cards Against Humanity. The game is won when one of the players has earned a certain number of seller cards.
It’s even more fun if you create characters each round and act while you play, so the salespeople need to adapt their pitches to the buyer’s character (ex: specifying a “cop” buyer character as a “mildly racist New York cop” or a “couch potato” buyer character as literally being an animated potato resting on a couch). My group has had a lot of very memorable moments with this game, especially when we’ve gotten into character.
Oh, I forgot to mention that Snake Oil is published by Out of the Box Publishing and my group loves it because it forces us to be creative, think on our feet, and try to learn more about how our friends think. It’s a ton of fun and can be hilarious even when you don’t add in the character creation and acting (but I really would recommend the character creation and acting).
A game to test for TableTop. http://www.gnomestew.com/specific-rpgs/sharknado-the-unofficial-fan-game/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GnomeStew+%28Gnome+Stew%29
On TableTop I’d like to see Chupacabra Dice & Cthulhu Dice. Additionally, let’s have Zombie Dice make another appearance with the expansions.
Sheriff of Nottingham
/shill for Dice Tower Essentials
First things first, thank you for the show. Having seen it my friends and myself were convinced to start the hobby and bought a lot of games already including almost everyone from the first two seasons.
Second of all I’d love to see some huge epic game as a special episode such as Twilight Imperium or Rune Wars but I understand why that just isn’t feasible. With that said here are some serious suggestions.
1) King of New York. It seems an obvious choice having down King of Tokyo in the show already and this sequel doesn’t add much more in terms of complexity.
2) Talisman. Fantasy theme and pretty much the definition of a luck based game which it may get some stick for but it is in my personal opinion a very entertaining game.
3) Space Hulk: Death Angel the card game. Probably my favourite all card game and is equally enjoyable to play as a solo game.
4) Shadow hunters. Plays a little like the resistance but with combat. The entertaining part is you don’t know who is on your team to begin with so expect some possible friendly fire or enemies tricking you into healing them.
5) Gauntlet of Fools. Quick simple card game with a fantasy theme and some quite interesting character/weapon combinations. You can also chose to take another players character as your own instead by placing a penalty on the character such as one hand tied behind your back.
I think it would be a blast to see a game of Rogues to Riches played out by Wil and friends.
Disclaimer: I am in no way connected with this kickstarter. I think the game looks fun and that it would make for an extremely enjoyable episode.
1) Eldritch Horror: Thematic and good + turbo Arkham Horror. Easy for new players to take their 2 actions and then read an encounter – if Mr. Wil handles the Mythos Phase. Easy to play but the co-operation is important.
2) Dead of Winter: New! Great and much quicker and easier to play the Battlestar. New players can pick it up easily, similar to Eldritch.
3) CarWars: Perhaps season 4, perhaps SJ will re-boot it and simplify car construction.
4) Mythos the CCG (Kidding! – no I’m not – Kidding!)
5) Eldritch Horror!
Some games that I think would work great for the show:
Downfall of Pompeii or Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Daniel Solis just delivered on his Kickstarter for Belle of the Ball: A Fancy, Schmancy Card Game (by Dice Hate Me Games). It’s a very novel theme (hosting and running a fancy party) rendered with a lot of elegance of design, plus a load of fun.
I’d love to see Wil and guests acting the part of fancy party hosts and offering their regrets to the bizarrely-named nobility and people of the land of Ludobel. I heartily encourage people to “announce” the wacky names of the people as they invite them to their party — it adds a lot.
Red Dragon In…
Rock Band Manager…
Cash and Guns version 2.0 – Just played this with a group and it was a complete blast. Also what about Dice Town?
Hope for Zombicide and Super Dungeon Explore
Heroes Wanted or Dead of Winter, Belfort
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