National Gaming Day @ your library

November 13 is National Gaming Day @ your library, and 1,800 US libraries are participating.  (Press release here at the ALA’s site.)

This is primarily about video games (give them what they want, I guess) but there are also board games and you’ll note a d20 in the logo for the event  (from here) which is encouraging.  Kudos to North Star Games for donating 1500 (!) copies of one of their games to participating libraries.

National Gaming Day always catches me off guard, ironically, since I’m a librarian and ought to be aware of this sort of thing but since I’m cloistered in the back room of technical services, I usually find out about stuff in American Libraries magazine (which I rarely have time to read any more) or by going to my local library (I live an hour away from the library I work at).  Maybe next year I’ll have my act together and think to plan an event at my local library featuring some old school D&D.  Hmm, it could be a mini con at that… a kid friendly “Family game” in the AM and a more adult session in the afternoon.  Or I could have a demo of Hordes of the Things or DBA running, just to expose people to the notion of miniature wargaming.

Along those same lines I’ve been thinking about putting some figures on display in the display cases at the library, since they will pretty much display any collection someone wants to show off.  I’ll have to ask about security.

Anyway dropping off my flier and the warm reception I got there reminds me to remind you all not to forget your local library as a gaming resource and outlet!

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  1. One of our consortium members holds “D&D Night” at two of their branches. From what I’ve gathered, it’s 4e Encounters with mostly teenage girls. The library also did a presentation about it at the recent state library conference. Good for them.

    The problem we have with gaming here is that teens are only interested in playing FPS video games (Halo, etc.) and not very interested in co-op games, music/dance games, etc. We’ve partnered with a local store to do board gaming, but all the really great games start at around $30, and we’re having problems justifying the expense to our moneyminders, let alone parents looking for good games for their kids.

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