The Tabletop Gaming Culture of Philadelphia

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Philadelphia doesn't only have the best cheesesteak restaurants in the world; it's also home to the some of the best places that offer great gaming experiences. Thanks to the Tabletop Gaming Guild of Philadelphia, locals who love to play board games have a place to call their home.Philadelphia, PA - Philly doesn't only have the "best cheesesteaks" in the world; it's also home to the some of the best places that offer great gaming experiences. Thanks to the Tabletop Gaming Guild of Philadelphia, locals who love to play board games have a place to call their home.

The guild started in 2010 as a way to gather gamers in one place in Pennsylvania's largest city. They began meeting at conventions, as well as providing a connection to people who have not experienced playing tabletop RPGs yet. But in 2015, the organization expanded their activities by hosting some of the biggest gaming conventions in Philadelphia. Apart from being one of the most recognized guilds in the city, The Tabletop Gaming Guild of Philadelphia is now an author of original modules for Dungeons and Dragons. The Tabletop Gaming Guild of Philadelphia

The guild started in 2010 as a way to gather gamers in one place in Pennsylvania's largest city. They began meeting at conventions, as well as providing a connection to people who have not experienced playing tabletop RPGs yet. But in 2015, the organization expanded their activities by hosting some of the biggest gaming conventions in Philadelphia. Apart from being one of the most recognized guilds in the city, The Tabletop Gaming Guild of Philadelphia is now an author of original modules for Dungeons and Dragons.

The Philadelphia Dungeons and Dragons Meet Up Group

Aside from the Tabletop Gaming Guild of Philadelphia, one of the most popular tabletop organizations in the city is The Philadelphia Dungeons and Dragons Meet Up Group. It was established in 2002, and has over 1,400 active members. According to the site's moderators, the guild has had over 1,900 successful meet ups since its inception.

The Philadelphia Dungeons and Dragons Meet Up Group is quite active in some of the U.S.' gaming expos. In 2009, they made their first attempt to gather more members by attending the VG Expo. Although Dungeons and Dragons is attached to the guild's name, they accept all types of tabletop gamers who join the group.The guild has a dedicated message board for meet ups if you're interested to play with some of the members.

What is Dungeons and Dragons?

Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy, tabletop, role-playing game that was created and designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. Its first game was published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, but the publishing rights are now owned by Wizards of the Coast, the makers of the highly-successful Magic: The Gathering card game. Dungeons and Dragons obtained its inspiration from miniature war games that had rules similar to Chainmail. It is commonly regarded as the father of all tabletop role-playing games.

 

Shadow of Mystara

Dungeons and Dragons' success led to a lot of video games being patterned after the famous table top game and subsequent licensing deals. The most popular video game spinoff of Dungeons and Dragons is the arcade title Shadow Over Mystara that was released in 1996. A more modern take on the franchise was launched by Spin Genie titled Dungeons and Dragons. A movie adaptation was also released in 2000 but it unfortunately flopped, receiving a number of low scores from Rotten Tomatoes (10%) and Metacritic (14%).

Dungeon and Dragons set itself apart from other war gaming titles by assigning each player a specific character to play instead of having to organize military formations. These characters then go on an imaginary adventure within a setting created by the Dungeon Master, which also acts as some sort of referee in the battles. The players may form parties and interact with non-player characters in the game, solve problems, defeat monsters, and gather treasure.

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