As we know, social distancing has put a strain on tabletop gaming. It’s hard to play games when there has to be 6 feet between you and another person. To see how social distancing has affected our community, we asked a few of our customers what they have been doing to continue playing without being with other people.
Friday Night Magic at Home
Wizards of the Coast recently launched FNM at Home via MTG Arena. This has been a great way for our Magic: the Gathering players to continue to play Magic. Last Friday (March 27th) we launched our first FNM at Home and it went very well. Arena is a great way to take Magic into the virtual world.
Dungeons & Dragons
Doug and Zoe Field have been coming to Meeples Games since we opened and participate in a group that meets weekly. They have taken their games online via a combination of Roll20 and Discord. When asked about their adjustment to online play they said there’s a learning curve but they are still having fun.
Similarly, Steve Tanzy, one of our weekly Warhammer players has also taken his D&D games online. Steve had the following to say “The game group I’m currently running for is adventuring through a 5th Edition conversion of the original ‘supermodule’, The Temple of Elemental Evil, and when social distancing became a real necessity, we quickly moved to an online format using Roll20. Over the course of one session, everyone was pretty much getting it, and now I’m learning some of the more advanced parts of DMing through the application. Once we got the ball rolling for that first session, it was nearly as good as playing in-person, and they made significant progress through the dungeon level they’re currently exploring”. As a pretty social person, Steve says he’s still having fun and in fact his group has gone from bi-weekly to weekly.
Other Tabletop Games
Many other people are taking to Tabletop Simulator (available via Steam) to play more casual games. Steve even said that if he were to take any of his miniature games online it would be through Tabletop Simulator (though there is a slight cost). Sarah Auerbach has also been playing an online version of Agricola with friends and has been thinking of taking other games virtual.
It’s great to see our community is still finding ways to connect when we can’t be together. Thank you to Tammy, Doug and Zoe Field, Steve Tanzy and Sarah Auerbach for answering our questions!
Stay safe and keep gaming! And, of course, be kind to each other during this stressful time.
Channel Fireball, an online retailer for all things Magic: the Gathering, has revealed an awesome new affiliate program to help out local game stores that are closed because of the pandemic. It means that whenever you (our totally awesome Maaagic Plaaayers) purchase anything from them you can use our code MEEPLES GAMES at checkout. This code donates 10% of your purchase to your favorite game store (that’s us!)
They are offering a variety of specialty items as well. These include four different versions of MagicFest in a Box.
We will continue to update everyone on the different virtual events we are a part of. We appreciate all of you, and continue to stay safe and be kind to one another.
Calling all Magic Players! Wizards of the Coast has rolled out a cool way to put the “Gathering” back into Magic: the Gathering during these times of social distancing and Stay-at-Home orders. You can play FNM at Home! Here’s how it works:
What: Three FNM events that give all MtG players a place to play familiar experiences.
When: March 27, April 3, and April 10, each for 24 hours, running Thursday at midnight to Friday at midnight, PT.
Who: Anyone with an MTG Arena account (download here!)
Reward: A code for Arena to get something cool!
Formats: March 27- Challenger Decks, April 3- All Access, April 10- Historical Brawl
Now that you know the Who, What, and When how about the How? First download MTG Arena (see above link) then follow these super quick and easy steps.
Play in the event (win or lose as much as you want)
Take a screenshot of your Event Page
Share your screenshot with a nice message to our Facebook Page (Meeples Games)
We will then message you a reward code through Facebook Messenger
Both Wizards of the Coast and Meeples Games are working on new ways to keep our community play together at this time. So as always, stay tuned to our website and social media for more updates. Stay healthy and game on! Read more about FNM at Home here