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Building a Gaming Community…

…and a Game-Friendly Environment with tips, tools, and ideas from Donald G. Dennis (Research Assistant, Game Lab @ Syracuse University).

  • Furniture considerations
    • Shapes
    • Sizes
    • Mobility
    • Versatility
    • Electronic Games Trolleys
    • See Gaylord Library Supplies for multipurpose furniture suitable for gaming environments
  • Game storage: games should be…
    • Available >> shelving
    • Visible >> hanging bags, sleeves, storage
    • Secure >> box bands
  • Decor: game companies sometimes have freebies/cheapies to promote new games…
    • Posters
    • Displays
    • Game sculptures
    • Games and game boards
    • Puzzles
    • Banners
    • Cardboard stand-ups
  • Web Community: should include…
    • Calendar
    • RSS feeds
    • Discussion forums
    • Wiki
    • Game chooser
      • Allows users to see what’s in the library’s game collection and match game features with user skills
    • Personal pages
      • Ratings
      • Collections
      • Game blogs
  • Age and social group focus
    • Youth
    • Young adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors
    • Cross generational
      • Encourage participation outside of target age (e.g., kids bring parents)
      • Be prepared to develop groups for specific ages
  • Build around a game focus
    • Traditional
      • Board, card, dice, war, mini games
    • Role playing
      • Tabletop RPGs
      • Live action
        • parlor LARPs
        • Live scale LARPs
        • Live action RPGs
    • Electronic
      • Arcade, handheld, console
      • Computer
        • stand-alone
        • networked
        • massive multiplayer
    • Collectible games
  • Gamer advisories
    • Games by theme or mechanics
    • Books about games
    • Books and comics where characters play games
    • Game related Web sites
    • Audio and video podcasts
    • Movies
    • Session reports
      • Invite people to play games at the library and write up a report/review of their experience
    • Reviews
    • Game of the month
    • Game lists
  • Game Related Books
    • Choose Your Own Adventures
    • Lost World battle books
    • Role-playing games
    • Hoyle’s
    • Humor/comic/graphic novels
      • PVP
      • Dork Tower
      • Knights of the Dinner Table
  • Activities
    • Recurring game nights
    • Tournaments
      • Game club showdown
      • Regional championships
    • Mini conventions
    • Spotlight on traditional or classic games
    • Showcase
    • Game design session
    • Speed date/speed games
    • Release parties
  • Advertising
    • Conventions
    • Game groups
    • Game stores
    • Online stores
    • Game news Web sites
    • Newspaper schedule
    • Public radio
    • Mailing lists
    • Social networking Web sites
  • Game companies
    • Promotional materials
      • Posters
      • Buttons
      • Stickers
      • Limited availability components
    • Bonus scenarios
    • Rules clarification
    • Demo items
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