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Title: Building a Game Community and Game Friend Environment


1
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

2
Club and Game Communities
  • BMHS Gaming Society
  • Players Guild of Central Oklahoma
  • NOSFA
  • Syracuse Board Gamers
  • Syracuse Game Crawl
  • OK Gamers

3
Game Support
  • Chaosium Tournament Sanctioning
  • Chaosium Event Support
  • RPGA Regional Director
  • Convention Coordinator
  • Soonercon
  • Psurrealcon
  • Thundercon
  • Club Game Days

4
Media
Onboardgames.net
Boardgameswithscott.com
5
Professional
  • Iron Crown Enterprises
  • Brand Manager
  • Demo Team Lead
  • Production
  • Web Master
  • Green Knight Publishing
  • Line Developer
  • Event Manager
  • Break Away Ltd.
  • Designer

6
Defining the Environment
  • Physical
  • Space
  • Furniture
  • Storage
  • Décor
  • Social
  • Community
  • Atmosphere
  • Synergy
  • Resources

7
Part 1 Crafting the Physical Space
  • Access Exposure

8
Game Space
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Internet Access
  • Ambient Sound
  • Sound Isolation
  • Food Beverage

9
Furniture
  • Chairs Tables
  • Shapes
  • Sizes
  • Mobility
  • Versatility
  • Electronic Games Trolleys
  • http//www.gaylord.com/

10
Storing Games
  • Available
  • Visible
  • Secure
  • Shelving
  • StorageHanging BagsSleeves
  • Box Bands

11
Décor
  • Posters
  • Displays
  • Game Sculptures
  • Games Game Boards
  • Puzzles
  • Banners
  • Cardboard Stand-ups

12
Part 2 Social Gaming Community
  • Enthusiasm is contagious, play games to find
    gamers.

13
Web Community
  • Calendar
  • RSS Feeds
  • Forums
  • Wiki
  • Game Chooser
  • Personal Pages
  • Ratings
  • Collections
  • Game blogs

14
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

15
Build around a Game Focus
But dont count out other games
  • 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

16
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

17
Game Related Books
  • Choose Your own Adventures
  • Lost World battle books
  • Role-playing Games
  • Hoyles
  • Humor/Comics/ Graphic Novels
  • PVP
  • Dork Tower
  • Knights of the Dinner Table

18
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

19
Advertising
  • Conventions
  • Game Groups
  • Game Stores
  • Online Stores
  • Game News Sites
  • Newspaper Schedule
  • Public Radio
  • Mailing lists
  • Social Networking Sides

20
Part 3 Resources
  • Virtual and Physical

21
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

22
Game Companies
  • Promotional Material
  • Posters
  • Buttons
  • Stickers
  • Limited availability components
  • Bonus Scenarios
  • Rules Clarification
  • Demo Teams
  • Educational Material
  • Seminars
  • Lesson Plans
  • Skill Development

23
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

24
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

25
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

26
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

27
Role-playing Game Resources
  • The Gaming Report http//www.gamingreport.com/
  • RPG Nowhttp//www.rpgnow.com
  • Gleemaxhttp//gleemax.com/
  • Pyramid Online Magazine

28
  • Game Stores
  • GAMA Game Manufacturers Association
  • GPA Game Publishers Association

29
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

30
Conclusions
  • The community is as important as the games
    themselves
  • There area many free resources to get programs
    started
  • There are already people trying to help you meet
    your goals, they just dont know it

31
Questions?
  • Donald G. Dennis
  • donaldgdennis_at_gmail.com
  • http//www.donaldgdennis.com
  • http//gamelab.syr.edu
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