This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
EU
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > August 2018 (#21) > Eco Gaming

Eco Gaming

As environmental concerns and eco-friendly alternatives continue to grow, do players need a sea change in attitude when it comes to the ubiquitous and versatile material?

PLASTIC FANTASTIC

GAMING’S FATAL ATTRACTION

Some of the examples of plastic used in different games, including cellophane wrap and miniatures

You watch albatrosses unwittingly feed plastic to their starving chicks. A hawksbill turtle struggles tangled in a plastic sack. Most distressingly of all, you are stunned by footage of a pilot whale clinging to her dead calf as you learn the gentle giant may have been poisoned by its own mother’s contaminated milk.

This vision of our oceans comes not from some apocalyptic board game but rather reality, as seen on our television screens. The BBC’s Blue Planet II, narrated by David Attenborough, was a wake-up call to a nation captivated by the beauty and fragility of our waters.

The series was the most watched on British television last year and prompted a rapid shift in consumer attitudes towards plastic and its environmental impact. Elsewhere, the government has banned microbeads from soaps and cleansers and is targeting single-use plastics with new legislation. The 5p plastic bag tax has changed the way many people transport their groceries.

But while Attenborough warns that humanity holds the “fate of the planet in its hands”, is the tabletop industry – which relies so heavily on plastic – doing its part?

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Tabletop Gaming - August 2018 (#21)
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - August 2018 (#21)
€6.99
Or 699 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 4.25 per issue
SAVE
39%
€50.99
Or 5099 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 4.49 per issue
SAVE
36%
€4.49
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Tabletop Gaming

Pathfinder: Second Edition: The fantasy RPG is taking its first big step forward with some big improvements, but can it keep up with Dungeons & Dragons? Lead designer Jason Bulmahn tells us more. Western Legends: Rewrite history and make yourself an icon of the Wild West in this massive open-world adventure. We saddle up with the game’s creators to go on a ride through its incredible sandbox. A Gamer’s Travel Guide: If you’re headed off on holiday this summer, don’t miss our essential tips on which games to pack and how to help your cardboard survive the baking heat or a dip in the pool. Red Alert: Legendary wargame designer Richard Borg blasts off with his sci-fi successor to the historical Commands & Colors strategy series. He reveals the space-age advancements in store for players and his plans for galactic domination. My Little Scythe: The father-daughter team behind this year’s most adorable game – a reimagining of strategy smash hit Scythe – show us around their magical world. Plastic Fantastic: It’s an indispensible part of almost every game, but plastic is also one of the biggest threats to an increasingly fragile environment. We explore eco-friendly alternatives to the wonder material and learn how game makers are doing what they can to ensure playing doesn’t come at a price. Reviewed: Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – Soul Wars Starship Samurai Call of Cthulhu: Masks of Nyarlathotep Lowlands Black Orchestra Gretchinz! Raids The Grimm Forest Princess Jing Endless Pass: A Viking Saga Banquet Royal Lucidity: Six-Sided Nightmares A Tale of Pirates Micropolis Hannibal & Hamilcar When in Rome Star Wars: Han Solo Card Game Genesys: Realms of Terrinoth Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm Robit Riddle: Storybook Adventures Plus much more!