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International TableTop Day celebrated in Longview

By Richard Yeakley
April 7, 2015 at 12:06 a.m.

Three Suns Unlimited co-owner Randall Mick, right, plays a game of Magic with Stefan Cole Monday April 6, 2015. Three Sons Unlimited will be participating in International TableTop Day on Saturday April 11. (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)

Longview's board gaming shop will throw open its doors Saturday to International TableTop Day, a day-long celebration of and introduction to the board gaming hobby.

"For me it brings the joy of board gaming back to the community," said Randall Mick, who co-owns Three Suns Unlimited with his wife Christine. "That is what we're here for. That is what we started for."

International TableTop Day was created three years ago; in 2014, it was celebrated in 80 countries and had more than 3,000 events.

Mick said TableTop Day would run noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and feature a variety of games.

In addition to introducing new players to the hobby, it would help reinforce that the store is there for every type of game.

"It lets everybody know that we are not just a 'Magic (the Gathering)' store. We do everything," Mick said.

TableTop Day is sponsored by Geek and Sundry, an online community that focuses on comics, games and entertainment.

Christine Mick said the event provides access to games that have not been available.

"What they've done is put together a group of games that they like, and then they are sending them out to say, 'Hey, enjoy these games,'" she said.

One game that will be included in the box is "Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game."

The co-operative game sets players in the midst of a zombie apocalypse where they must work together to survive and complete objectives. All players could win, some could win or all could lose.

The game is ranked 17th of all time on BoardGameGeek, the online-hub of the board gaming community.

The site's database contains more than 74,000 games. Ratings are determined by users, who rate games on a 1 to 10 scale, and "Dead of Winter" has secured an average rating of 8.15 from more than 5,200 ratings.

The game, the Micks said, has been difficult to secure.

"It is one of the hardest games to find right now," Randall Mick said. "We have had people call us from Shreveport asking (for it)."

Christine Mick agreed.

"Almost all of the distributors are out of it," she said.

The box also will contain games such as "Munchkin" and "Fluxx," and the Longview store will play host to a Fluxx tournament from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Micks held an event last year, about a half year after Three Suns Unlimited opened.

In 2014, the owners tried to schedule times for specific games.

"This year it is just going to be, lay out all of the games, and everybody can come when they want. We will have groups of people in here with their own games. We'll post on Facebook what people are playing," Christine Mick said. "It's a good time to come out and try games that you've never tried before."

Randall Mick said he was confident TableTop Day, a free event, would draw a crowd.

"We think this year will be good because we are more established now, and we have a larger clientele of gamers," he said.

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