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Building a Game Community and Game Friend Environment Tips for establishing the physical and social space of game community. Donald G. Dennis Library Game Lab of Syracuse Club and Game Communities BMHS Gaming Society Players’ Guild of Central Oklahoma NOSFA Syracuse Board Gamers

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building a game community and game friend environment

Building a Game Community and Game Friend Environment

Tips for establishing the physical and social space of game community.

Donald G. Dennis

Library Game Lab of Syracuse

club and game communities
Club and Game Communities
  • BMHS Gaming Society
  • Players’ Guild of Central Oklahoma
  • NOSFA
  • Syracuse Board Gamers
  • Syracuse Game Crawl
  • OK Gamers
game support
Game Support
  • Chaosium Tournament Sanctioning
  • Chaosium Event Support
  • RPGA Regional Director
  • Convention Coordinator
    • Soonercon
    • Psurrealcon
    • Thundercon
    • Club Game Days
media
Media

Onboardgames.net

Boardgameswithscott.com

professional
Professional
  • Iron Crown Enterprises
    • Brand Manager
    • Demo Team Lead
    • Production
    • Web Master
  • Green Knight Publishing
    • Line Developer
    • Event Manager
  • Break Away Ltd.
    • Designer
defining the environment
Physical

Space

Furniture

Storage

Décor

Social

Community

Atmosphere

Synergy

Resources

Defining the Environment
game space
Game Space
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Internet Access
  • Ambient Sound
  • Sound Isolation
  • Food & Beverage
furniture
Furniture

Chairs & Tables

  • Shapes
  • Sizes
  • Mobility
  • Versatility
  • Electronic Games Trolleys

http://www.gaylord.com/

storing games
Available

Visible

Secure

Shelving

StorageHanging BagsSleeves

Box Bands

Storing Games
d cor
Décor
  • Posters
  • Displays
  • Game Sculptures
  • Games & Game Boards
  • Puzzles
  • Banners
  • Cardboard Stand-ups
web community
Web Community
  • Calendar
  • RSS Feeds
  • Forums
  • Wiki
  • Game Chooser
  • Personal Pages
    • Ratings
    • Collections
    • Game blogs
age focus social group focus
Youth

Young adults

Adults

Elderly

Cross Generational

Encourage participation outside of focus age.

Be willing to run multiple program tracks, for differing ages

Age focus, social group focus
build around a game focus
Traditional

Board Games

Card Games

Dice Games

War & Mini’ Games

Role Playing

Table top RPGs

Live Action

Parlor LARPs

Live Scale RPGs

Live Action RPGs

Electronic

Arcade

Handheld

Console

Computer

Stand Alone

Networked

Massively Multiplayer

Collectible Games

Build around a Game Focus

But don’t count out other games

gamer advisories
Games by theme or mechanics

Books about games

Books and comics where characters play games like Yugi-oh, Harry Potter, or the True Game

Game related websites

Audio and Video Podcasts

Movies Cloak & Dagger, ET, War Games,

Session Reports

Reviews

Game of the month

Game lists

Gamer Advisories
game related books
Choose Your own Adventures

Lost World battle books

Role-playing Games

Hoyle’s

Humor/Comics/ Graphic Novels

PVP

Dork Tower

Knights of the Dinner Table

Game Related Books
activities
Recurring game nights

Tournaments

Game club showdown

Regional championships

Mini Conventions

Spotlight on traditional or classic games

Showcase

Chess Master

Game design session

Speed date/speed games

Release parties for

Games

Related books

Lock-ins & After Hours

Activities
advertising
Conventions

Game Groups

Game Stores

Online Stores

Game News Sites

Newspaper Schedule

Public Radio

Mailing lists

Social Networking Sides

Advertising
area national clubs
Benefits of Clubs

Established social networks

Existing game related organization structure

Personal game collections

Community authority

Benefits to Clubs

Always need space

Regular game nights

Special events

Community exposure

Consistency

Low pressure environment

Area & National Clubs
game companies
Promotional Material

Posters

Buttons

Stickers

Limited availability components

Bonus Scenarios

Rules Clarification

Demo’ Teams

Educational Material

Seminars

Lesson Plans

Skill Development

Game Companies
company support
Company Support
  • Mayfair Games educational outreach Toledo Lucas County Public Library
    • Seminars
    • Classroom Programs
    • Education Doc with common terminology
    • Lists of game skills
  • Green Ronin Publishing possible tie in with licenses
  • Looney Labs
  • Northstar Games
  • ZMan Games
  • Knucklebones
conventions
Multitude of games

Local clubs in action

Programming tracks & Seminars

Demo’ Teams

Some have free admittance to librarians or other educators

Spread the word

Free advertising

Support for programs and literacy

Advertising Swap

Conventions
library game lab nexus
Library Game Lab Nexus
  • Online portal to connect
    • Librarians
    • Researchers
    • Students
    • Gaming industry
    • Library vendors
  • Individual-focused
    • Representatives of organizations
    • Not representing an organization
  • Library centric resources
board card game resources
Board & Card Game Resources
  • Board Game Geekhttp://boardgamegeek.com
  • Board Game Newshttp://boardgamenews.com/
  • Knucklebones Magazinehttp://kbones.com
  • Online Vendors
  • Time Well Spent
  • Fun again games
role playing game resources
Role-playing Game Resources
  • The Gaming Report http://www.gamingreport.com/
  • RPG Nowhttp://www.rpgnow.com
  • Gleemaxhttp://gleemax.com/
  • Pyramid Online Magazine
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Game Stores
  • GAMA Game Manufacturers Association
  • GPA Game Publishers Association
electronic game resources
Electronic Game Resources
  • http://gamersinfo.net/
  • http://www.ign.com/
  • http://www.mobygames.com/
  • http://www.gamasutra.com/
  • http://www.gamefaqs.com/
  • http://gametrailers.com/
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_games
questions

Questions?

Donald G. Dennis

[email protected]

http://www.donaldgdennis.com

http://gamelab.syr.edu

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