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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

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

Donald G. Dennis

Library Game Lab of Syracuse


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Club and Game Communities

  • BMHS Gaming Society

  • Players’ Guild of Central Oklahoma

  • NOSFA

  • Syracuse Board Gamers

  • Syracuse Game Crawl

  • OK Gamers


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Game Support

  • Chaosium Tournament Sanctioning

  • Chaosium Event Support

  • RPGA Regional Director

  • Convention Coordinator

    • Soonercon

    • Psurrealcon

    • Thundercon

    • Club Game Days


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Media

Onboardgames.net

Boardgameswithscott.com


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Professional

  • Iron Crown Enterprises

    • Brand Manager

    • Demo Team Lead

    • Production

    • Web Master

  • Green Knight Publishing

    • Line Developer

    • Event Manager

  • Break Away Ltd.

    • Designer


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Physical

Space

Furniture

Storage

Décor

Social

Community

Atmosphere

Synergy

Resources

Defining the Environment


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Game Space

  • Lighting

  • Power

  • Internet Access

  • Ambient Sound

  • Sound Isolation

  • Food & Beverage


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Furniture

Chairs & Tables

  • Shapes

  • Sizes

  • Mobility

  • Versatility

  • Electronic Games Trolleys

    http://www.gaylord.com/


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Available

Visible

Secure

Shelving

StorageHanging BagsSleeves

Box Bands

Storing Games


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Décor

  • Posters

  • Displays

  • Game Sculptures

  • Games & Game Boards

  • Puzzles

  • Banners

  • Cardboard Stand-ups


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Web Community

  • Calendar

  • RSS Feeds

  • Forums

  • Wiki

  • Game Chooser

  • Personal Pages

    • Ratings

    • Collections

    • Game blogs


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Conventions

Game Groups

Game Stores

Online Stores

Game News Sites

Newspaper Schedule

Public Radio

Mailing lists

Social Networking Sides

Advertising


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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


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Promotional Material

Posters

Buttons

Stickers

Limited availability components

Bonus Scenarios

Rules Clarification

Demo’ Teams

Educational Material

Seminars

Lesson Plans

Skill Development

Game Companies


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Questions?

Donald G. Dennis

[email protected]

http://www.donaldgdennis.com

http://gamelab.syr.edu


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