The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

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The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

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TableTop club gives students a safe place

Grayson Cook
Senior Greyson Clark and Freshman Roman Parkas playing UNO with another club member

The TableTop club is a place for everyone. A place where students can do something other than sit in a chair all day listening to their teacher lecture on about the history of the United States, or about the properties of matter, or how to write a 13 page essay – a place where they can play board games.

Physics teacher Christopher Ellerbe started the TableTop Club here during his first year of teaching

 “A student expressed interest in it, and had another teacher call me. They asked me if I was the head of the (Dungeons and Dragons) club, and I said no, but I can be.” Ellerbe said

From there, Ellerbe started putting out calls and gathered a group of students from the previous D&D club to start it back up. 

“The space itself is already paid for by the school,” Ellerbe said. “When it comes to the board games we have, we collect dues from the students, then put those dues towards the board games the student requests, so long as it’s within the club’s budget.”

Many kids have been overjoyed at the prospect of being able to do something entertaining within the school that doesn’t involve work.

“I was pretty excited to join up last year,” junior Aiden Wolock said. “We spent the first day creating character sheets and planning for what the campaign would look like, what tone it would be and how we would go about playing it.”

Wolock says that he got interested in the TableTop club after he found his dad’s old D&D third edition set last summer.

“I looked at it throughout the summer and was instantly drawn to it,” Wolock said. “When the year started, I found out there was a club dedicated to this, so I ended up joining.” 

For senior Greyson Clark, TableTop club is about more than just playing D&D.

“I love telling stories,” Clark said. “I first found out about the TableTop club during my Freshman year, but I was skeptical. I finally decided to give it a go during sophomore year, and I have loved it ever since.”

D&D isn’t the only thing available for people to spend hours playing.  UNO, Monopoly, Sorry and Clue are also available to anyone who wants a more competitive experience.

“I love challenging my friends to UNO,” sophomore Ty Wilson said. “I’m really good at home, but sometimes, I want to feel challenged by someone else, instead of the other way around.”

TableTopClub meets every Monday and Thursday after school in A212


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