I’m not sure what to do, exactly. Everybody is pointing at me, and I have to think fast to prove I don’t worship Cthulhu.
I insist I have no idea what I’m doing, and that someone is trying to throw the scent off them by calling me out. I accuse a total stranger of murder. It’s all a lie, of course. I do, it turns out, worship Cthulhu. I just killed an innocent villager, and all this deceit and murder feel good. Bet they can smell it on me.
The oh-so-on-the-nose named Do You Worship Cthulhu? is one of the dozens of games on the menu at Old School Brewing Company (8410 W. Desert Inn Rd.) for Tabletop Tuesday, a loose collection of hobbyists, enthusiasts, the curious and adherents of the Great Old Ones.
Ryan and Tracy Myers, recent transplants from the Chicago area, started Tabletop Tuesdays in Las Vegas to re-create a similar weekly gathering back home. The recently opened Old School was amenable, and the Myers started carting in about 100 of their 140-some-odd games on a rotating, weekly basis.
“We were playing on weekends but missed that Tuesday night thing,” Ryan says. “It started small, but in less than two months we get 20-30 [a week]. We bring all the games, shove them in a corner and let people play. It’s a good excuse to go play a shitload of games, meet people and drink a bunch of beer.”
While Ryan was embroiled in the finer points of fending off Lovecraftian cultists, Tracy served as a roaming docent, guiding disparate groups through unknown games, some of which haven’t even been released for general consumption.
Board-game lovers converged on Los Angeles’ Geek & Sundry for International Tabletop Day on April 11 with Wil Wheaton. But assuming you didn’t road trip to hang out with the guy who always made you shut off Star Trek episodes whenever he was on, Old School and the Myers will hold their own version (Tabletop Day: Dice Harder) at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 18.
Point of advice, though: If you do end up worshipping Cthulhu, at least try not to giggle when you successfully off a villager. It’s kind of a tell. I speak from experience.