What’s better than breaking out a board game, rolling up some characters, or snatching up some controllers with your closest friends? Okay, maybe a lot of things, but in terms of gaming and having fun, nothing! However, those of us with established groups can often take that reality for granted, so what’s an isolated gamer to do to help plant the gaming seed and make that community grow? Join us this week as we tackle listener @AllenStucker’s question and offer an insiders-looking-out perspective on how to help a fledgling gaming community grow. Make nice-nice with the locals, gather up your games, and put on your extrovert pants as we talk gaming communities on a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
(02:14) – Strategicon: Gateway 2012 happened in L.A this weekend and we talk about Soap Opera LARPs, both new and old.
(05:34) – Robert and Matt educate Karen and Ramses on the experience and expectations of tabletop RPGs “convention style” and we discuss the guys “sharing a room” at the Con. – Hero System, GURPS, and Savage Worlds
(15:27) – Matt apparently has a Con hangover as he attempts to discuss the great time he had as well. – @LadyAdeena’s Skyrim Wild Talents game and he gets his ass kicked at Cock and Bull by 10 year olds.
(21:20) – Ramses avoided a potential case of Nerd Flu and stayed entertained at home. He also didn’t have to share a bed with Matt and/or Robert. – Square Enix’s Chaos Rings, Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, and Ghost of Sparta. Plus, drunken Bigfoot fail!
(40:50) – It’s topic time! We discuss some of the first steps to establishing/growing a gaming community. – Gaming groups, conventions, stepping out of the comfort zone, and internet dating? Plus, Robert’s worst nightmare.
(46:00) – Robert branches the discussion from groups to a real community. Location, marketing, and the gaming “gateway” drug. Plus, Stranger Danger goes both ways.
(51:30) – Once the community is established, how do you keep it fresh for the more casual gamers and how do you keep the vested players engaged? – Stepping up to the GMing challenge and making the commitment.
(58:05) – Robert presents a questionable approach and the internet is your friend! – Obsidian Portal
Special thanks from Robert and Matt to the entire Happy Jacks RPG family for running great games and allowing the guys to put their two cents in on your podcast!
Closing Song – I’m Elmo and I Know it