Monday, February 23, 2015

Stuff You Should Check Out: Tabletop Deathmatch 2nd Season

Tabletop Deathmatch's set has definitely got a better set designer.
Sometimes, I wonder about Texas and it's weird bi-polar weather conditions. One day, it's warm and feels like Spring has come early. Then the next day, it's freaking sleeting outside and cold as the 8th layer of the Nine Hells. Because of this, I've been stuck inside all day, wrapped within a cocoon of sheets and blankets, watching the entire 1st season of Tabletop Deathmatch.

Tabletop Deathmatch is a competition-based webseries sponsored by Cards Against Humanity where sixteen tabletop games compete for a chance to receive a first printing and a spot at Gen Con. Although a little dry, Tabletop Deathmatch is pretty interesting from an amateur game designer perspective, getting to hear what these industry insiders think, learn about some pretty cool games, and shows the hard work these people put into this hobby and how dedicated they are.

I highly recommend checking out the 1st season on Youtube. Each episode is roughly 15 minutes or so and will only take you about a couple of hours to watch them all. However, that's not why I'm writing this post.

Last week, Cards Against Humanity launched the 2nd season of Tabletop Deathmatch, releasing the first two episodes, which you can find HERE. They've changed up the formula for each episode, only have 8 contestants this time alone, and seem to have gotten a bigger production budget. I personally miss hearing the judges opinions in each episode, but its nice seeing a cool animation explaining each game and hearing actual comments from people who have played the games.

If you're interested in amateur game design and watching a solidly made competition webseries, I'd suggest giving Tabletop Deathmatch  look.