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Stiq Figures, August 27 - September 2: Tabletop gaming edition


Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter. Every week, we take a look at, uh, something – meanwhile, the previous week's Japanese hardware sales figures are posted after the jump, and a discussion of said figures takes place in our comments. It may not be conventional, but it's a time-honored Joystiq tradition.

Video games thrive as masters of the digital realm, but there was a time when asking a friend, "Do you want to play a game?" meant meeting that person somewhere, sitting down together, sharing a pizza and staring at a tabletop all night. There was also a time when that question meant Jigsaw was right behind you, but this particular fear has long since passed.

Tabletop gaming has existed in some form since at least 3500 BC, when the first board game, Senet, was documented in Predynastic Egypt. Even in the modern era of blockbuster digital entertainment, tabletop gaming is alive and well. Wil Wheaton, professional nerd extraordinaire, highlights the diversity and entertainment of the craft in Geek & Sundry's TableTop online series, alongside notable names in gaming and geek culture.

Now we learn Terry Cavanagh, developer of Super Hexagon, has two board games under his belt, and earlier this year our very own Mike Schramm rekindled his love for the tabletop in the form of a card game he created when he was 16.

Game on, tabletoppers.

Vita: 50,070 [UP] 39,190 (360.20%)
3DS LL: 44,951 [UP] 3,050 (7.28%)
3DS: 29,342 [DOWN] 130 (0.44%)
PS3: 12,433 [UP] 537 (4.51%)
PSP: 10,266 [UP] 767 (8.07%)
Wii: 8,680 [DOWN] 130 (1.48%)
PS2: 1,098 [DOWN] 59 (5.10%)
Xbox 360: 875 [UP] 12 (1.39%)
Dsi LL: 803 [DOWN] 67 (7.70%)
Dsi: 685 [UP] 13 (1.93%)

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