November 4, 2008

Some Quick Gaming Notes

  • I thought I had blogged about National Gam­ing Day @ your library, but amaz­ingly I haven’t — sorry about that. This is a national event coör­di­nated by ALA on Novem­ber 15 that cel­e­brates the oppor­tu­ni­ties libraries offer for play between diverse groups of peo­ple in a safe, non-commercialized envi­ron­ment. To help pro­mote this event, Has­bro is send­ing a copy of the game Pic­tureka! to every pub­lic library in the U.S. (thanks, Has­bro!). The ship­ments have gone out so if you’re at a PL, you should auto­mat­i­cally receive your game in the next week or so. Sug­ges­tions for how to use the game (and oth­ers) are avail­able on ALA’s Games and Gam­ing Resources wiki, and Scott Nichol­son has made a great video show­ing how to play the game, which also sug­gests other NGD activ­i­ties, too.

    In addi­tion, Wiz­ards of the Coast donated two gam­ing kits to libraries that signed up to receive them (sorry, but that offer expired last week), so I want to thank them, too. It’s *very* easy to par­tic­i­pate in National Gam­ing Day, so I hope to see your library on the map. If it’s too late for you to do some­thing this year, you can start plan­ning now for next year’s event on Novem­ber 14, 2009.

  • The ALA Tech­Source Gam­ing, Learn­ing, and Libraries Sym­po­sium ends today, and the tag is GLLS2008 so you can track it on sites like Flickr and Twit­ter. What a great group this has been. Thank you to every­one who came — you all rock! We’ll be col­lect­ing slides from pre­sen­ters and post­ing them online, along with what­ever audio we could cap­ture (not pos­si­ble in some cases). Give us a few weeks to get all of this posted, but watch the ALA Tech­source blog for more info.
  • I also want to high­light the 6th Annual Chi TAG con­fer­ence for folks in the Chicagoland region. This is “the only toy and game fair open to the pub­lic,” and it will take place on Novem­ber 22–23 (Saturday-Sunday) at Navy Pier. The show’s founder, Mary Couzin, is an amaz­ing per­son, and she’s offer­ing librar­i­ans (and edu­ca­tors) free admis­sion to the event. (There’s also a dis­count park­ing coupon you can print out from the site.) This is dif­fer­ent from a trade show, as it’s a chance to lit­er­ally sit in the aisles and play boardgames all day. ALA will have a booth there, but I’d be going any­way just to see all of the dif­fer­ent games. If you’re in the area, this event is going to be a blast, so come join us!
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