Boston Festival of Indie Games Expands Tabletop Game Programming


September 9, 2013 ---Cambridge, MA— The Boston Festival of Indie Games today announced its line-up of tabletop game programming and activities, including BostonFIG Tabletop Game Showcase, featuring 27 regionally developed tabletop (board and card) games. The fest feature a special guest talk titled “Back in the Dungeon” with Brian O’Halloran (film actor, Clerks) and Ethan Gilsdorf (writer and critic, Fantasy Freaks & Gaming Geeks) discussing the impact of tabletop games. Tabletop game enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a film about the tabletop realm, Zero Charisma. These activities are available for free to attendees of the festival, taking place on Saturday, September 14 on the MIT campus in Cambridge.

“Tabletop games are often times overlooked in the digital-dominated world of gaming, but there is an incredibly strong tabletop game community in-and-around Boston” said Aerjen Tamminga, festival co-producer and tabletop showcase manager for BostonFIG. “We saw such a strong interest in the 2012 Festival Tabletop games that an expansion to our 2013 programming was definitely in order. We are so thrilled to be welcoming nearly thirty developers to our showcase, and to offer so many other tabletop-themed content for attendees to enjoy!”

Tabletop game features at BostonFIG include:

Tabletop Game Showcase: nearly thirty Tabletop games were chosen by a group of game industry curators to be showcased. The games vary in style, genre and content and will include party games, strategy games, roleplaying games, deck-builder games, and dexterity games. Featured games include Impulse, Ice Cubris, Funemployed, Legend of the Cipher, Penny Press, Hatch, These French Fries are Terrible Hot Dogs, and Zombie Football. For the full list of tabletop games being showcased, visit After playing, attendees will also be able to vote for their favorite tabletop game in the Figgies Awards, utilizing the Guidebook voting app designed for the fest.

“Back in the Dungeon - A conversation with Brian O'Halloran and Ethan Gilsdorf on how D&D changed their lives.” The festival will feature this special guest talk at 4:30 pm in the BostonFIG Main Theater: Digital gaming all began with graph paper dungeons, a handful of dice and the  Monster Manual. Join actor  Brian O'Halloran (“Dante Hicks” in the CLERKS films) and writer and critic Ethan Gilsdorf (author of  Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks) as they geek-out about the importance and impact of Dungeons & Dragons and other RPG’s and tabletop games on the gaming industry, and how these old-school games changed their lives for good, not evil (mostly).

Tabletop Film – Zero Charisma : Films will be showcased in the Main Theater throughout the festival, but tabletop enthusiasts should be sure to check out Zero Charisma at 5:15 pm on September 14 th. Zero Charisma, a feature film that debuted at SXSW in 2013, tells the story of Scott Weidemeyer, living his ornery grandmother and working a lousy job at a donut shop. But every Tuesday night, he is the omnipotent Game Master, guiding his role-players through a tabletop journey of fantasy and adventure!

Game Library & Tabletop Game Free Play: In addition to getting a chance to see and play all the games in the BostonFIG Tabletop Showcase, attendees can borrow numerous games from our Tabletop Game Library, including games from tabletop game publishers Rio Grande Games, Days of Wonder and Out of the Box Publishing. Find the BostonFIG Game Library and Tabletop Free Play area in Stratton Student Center, building W20 on the MIT campus.

In addition, the Boston Festival of Indie Games has partnered with numerous tabletop game industry vendors, publishers and developers for sponsorship of the BostonFIG tabletop programming line-up. Just some of the festival sponsors include Ad Magic, Aerjen Games, CritSuccess, Greenbrier Games, Game Salute, Gamewright, Koolruz, Pandemonium Books & Games, Royal Strawberries, and The Game Crafter.

The 2 nd annual Boston Festival of Indie Games will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Stratton Student Center and the Johnson Athletic Center on the MIT campus. A celebration of independent game development in a variety of media and genres, Boston Festival of Indie Games is free and open to the public. Festival attendees play video games and tabletop games in a casual, inclusive environment, plus attend film screenings and keynote talks. To register to attend, visit


Title sponsors include Unreal Technology, Unity and New Leaf Legal. Gold sponsors include Adobe, Ad Magic, GameSalad, Guidebook, Harmonix, IndieGameStand, Microsoft, Muzzy Lane, National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, Pandemonium Books & Games and Scirra. Additional sponsors include BlueSnap, Cambridge Savings Bank, Corona Labs, CritSuccess, Desura, Disruptor Beam, Duracell Powermat, Gameblyr, Gamewright, GitHub, HappyGiant, Hutong Game, MOGA, MocoSpace, Mindgrub, Nokia, NYU Steinhardt, Proletariat, Darren Shield Esq., Skillz, Subatomic Studios, The Game Crafter, The Unallied and TriplePoint PR.

          Media partners include Comcast Spotlight, Boston Globe, CBS Radio/AMP 103.3 FM, DIGBoston, Polygon, WGBH and Yelp!. Organization and community partners include the City of Cambridge, Autodesk Animation User Group Association of Boston, Board Game Design & Prototype Circle, Boston HTML 5 Game Developers Group, Boston Indies, Boston Post Mortem, Boston Unity Group, Entertainment Consumers Association, and the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). Service partners include Aqua Vita Creative, Basoli Productions, BeEpic Productions, Dapper Pixel, Lantana Games, MIT Game Lab, Snowrunner Productions, ThemePark Studios and WonderCraft.

About Boston Festival of Indie Games ( ) :

          The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England and neighboring regions.  The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing a free public event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, including video games, location-based games and tabletop games.  Produced under the non-profit auspices of BeEpic, a Boston location-based games production group, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and independent interests in game play.

          Press can now register to attend Boston Festival of Indie Games!: To schedule an interview or for more festival info, please contact Elicia Basoli, Boston Festival of Indie Games publicist, at or 617-877-7497.  More info is also available at


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