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Getting started in Perrysburg, OH


I made the plunge last night and went to my local library to talk to the Young Adult librarian. In hindsight I think I may have come across a little _too_ passionate. I left her with some links to look at (the Terra Libris page and the ALA site on gaming in the library) along with my phone and email.

Today I get a 'thanks, but no thanks' email. Seems after looking at the ALA site all she took away was video gaming at the library. She said that they already do that and thanked me for my time.

I responded that I was _not_ talking about video gaming and was quite aware of its success as my son participated in several events. This time I gave her more targeted links, specifically for table-top RPGs. I closed the email stating that I wanted to create a dialog where I could answer any questions she my have to help clarify.

Not a stellar start, by any means, but it is a start. Any suggestions on approach? I want to pitch having a seminar on table-top RPGs leading up to an event to build interest and avoid any further confusion. I feel like I got off on the wrong foot and now I'm scrambling to recover.

Follow Your Bliss,
JJ



Please ready the 'Library RPGs in Bowling Green, OH' thread in this branch of the forum to get the latest on Perrysburg.

Regards,
JJ



Will do.
Thanks,
JJ


Glad to hear that everything is going well. Be sure to keep us informed and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

Dusty



The meeting went well. She is interested in proceeding. The down side is that she doesn't think that they can schedule anything until spring. I may be making a presentation to their Teen Advisory Board in the beginning of November.

I floated the idea out there that I could set up a D&D table at one of their video gaming events to drum up interest. I could do short demos with the new 4e starter set. We have some homework to do and will try to meet up next week to touch base.

I also plan on contacting the Bowling Green library next week as well to see if I can set up a similar meeting with them.

Follow Your Bliss,
JJ



I have a meeting with the Youth Librarian Friday 10/16/2009. I'll post an update after the meeting.

Follow Your Bliss,
JJ


Thanks, Dusty. Here is the latest: I am trying to set up a meeting in Perrysburg this Friday. I'm going to take time off of work to make this happen; it's that important to me.

I want to use the meeting to test the waters and see what the librarian is open to, answer any questions I can about RPGs, and lay a foundation that we can build upon. I'm not expecting to walk out of there with the date and time of the next RPG event, but rather begin the dialog to see what she hopes to gain for the library and what she is comfortable with.

I've been doing my research, studying the resources on Terra Libris project, listening to Scott Nicholson's podcast and YouTube video lectures on gaming in libraries, and familiarizing myself with the library system in general.

If anyone can think of anything that might be helpful I would greatly appreciate it.

Fingers crossed,
JJ


Hopefully you can get something going at the BG branch and then you can use that kinda as leverage for the Perryburg branch.

Keep us posted and I hope everything works out for ya.

Dusty



Here is a quick update on how things are going. I was hoping to meet with the librarian from Perrysburg this week, but apparently I gave her too much info to look over. She would like to push back our meeting to next week. I emailed her to say I was looking forward to the meeting.

Meanwhile, at an author signing this week in Bowling Green (Patrick Carman of Skeleton Creek fame) and I spoke with the youth activities supervisor at that branch. She was aware of the upcoming National Game Day @ your library, but had nothing planned. She seemed very excited at the prospect of a possible RPG event of some sort. I gave her my contact information and will follow up in a week if I don't hear anything.

I'm very excited and hope I can get something going for NGD@yl.

Follow Your Bliss,
JJ


> Truthfully, I was worried when I first saw that there were no posts in this
> category, but I remember Bill saying he was phasing out the Yahoo group.

This is more activity than the Yahoo group has seen in a long time, and the most activity on these message boards since I set them up months ago. I'm very happy to see it. Thanks to all!


Brian,

I'm familiar with GURPS from way back. The most recent version I've looked through is the one packaged with Hellboy. A generic system for flexibility does have it's benefits. Definitely going to look at the latest lite version to see what's involved.

Dusty,

Howdy neighbor. Yes there is some space that could be used for gaming. There is a meeting room on the main floor, quite a large space. I also believe there is some space in one of the lower levels that is already devoted to teen events. Something to look into.

I thought I was clear that I would bring my expertise and materials to the table so that there would initially be no cost to the library, but, I can never be sure that she actually heard that. I'm going to try to meet with her this week to have a one-on-on sit-down instead of a frantic drop-in. Thanks for the help. I'll keep posting here on progress.

Truthfully, I was worried when I first saw that there were no posts in this category, but I remember Bill saying he was phasing out the Yahoo group.

Thanks everyone,
JJ


JJ,

I'm a YA Librarian just down the road in Defiance County and while currently our adventuring days are over, I was running a RPG group on every other friday for over a year and a half. And starting back in January I've been running a regular Monday Night Magic group at one of my libraries.

Both of these programs have been 2 of my best programs because i pretty much always ha 4-6 of my RPG guys when we were meeting. And Magic can be anywhere from 4-8 players each Monday night. These may seem like small numbers but i'm in a small town and to have these numbers every time is a good thing.

The biggest problem with RPG is the taboo that some people associate with them. That is why when I start a group I always let the guys choose what game we will play. It could be a Fantasy game (D&D either 3.5 or 4th ed), a space opera (Star Wars/Star Trek), Super Hero (Marvel or a generic game), or anything else that the group wants.


ok, now on to helping you getting your group running.

I'm wondering if your librarian is thinking that she is going to be the one preparing and running the game. if this is the case i can see why she might say no. however if you are going to be the one running the game I can't see why she would say no. she wouldn't have much to really do other than maybe monitor what was going on and that is really only if the group is library sponsored.

does the library have a meeting room that the public can use? if it does i can see you using that as a meeting place for a group and the librarian can't really do anything about it. but i get the feeling that you would like to have her involved.

Let me know if there is anyway that i can help

Dusty

ps sorry if this post is confusing. it took me several hours to write during my work day.


JJ,

That's where a good universal system will help -- you can run anything using the basic rules, then you just need to add a few special rules to capture the flavor of the specific game world you want to play in. Then you can change to playing something different when you want, without having to learn a new system.

If you try the GURPS system, you can play just about anything and the free GURPS Lite rules are right here:

http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/lite/

Brian

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Brian, thanks! I'll look at themes that would tie in. I did find a free Warriors
game by Stan! here and thought that might be a tie-in. I also mentioned Mouse Guard. I don't want to fall back on D&D, even though it is more recognizable. Plus I don't have any of the 4e stuff except for PDFs. I'm not very well versed in some of the other topics, and since I'll probably be the one running things to start that may be limiting.

JJ


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Ok, my bad. I made a new post instead of a reply. Hope that doesn't screw things up too badly.

JJ



Brian, thanks! I'll look at themes that would tie in. I did find a free Warriors game by Stan! here and thought that might be a tie-in. I also mentioned Mouse Guard. I don't want to fall back on D&D, even though it is more recognizable. Plus I don't have any of the 4e stuff except for PDFs. I'm not very well versed in some of the other topics, and since I'll probably be the one running things to start that may be limiting.

JJ


JJ,

I might suggest that you use some tie-in with current "tween" culture as a way to get started. For example, when I started my game at the library (about 2 years ago) it was specifically set up as Lord of the Rings role-playing so as to connect with a literary and cinema reference that already had familiarity with the kids. I recommend that you pick something that both you and the kids would have as a common point of interest: Harry Potter, LotR, Transformers, even manga (e.g. Slayers, Full Metal Alchemist, etc.). This might interest the librarian more than a self-contained RPG, and help engage the interest of the parents, too.

Brian

> I made the plunge last night and went to my local library to talk to the Young Adult librarian. In hindsight I think I may have come across a little _too_ passionate. I left her with some links to look at (the Terra Libris page and the ALA site on gaming in the library) along with my phone and email.
>
> Today I get a 'thanks, but no thanks' email. Seems after looking at the ALA site all she took away was video gaming at the library. She said that they already do that and thanked me for my time.
>
> I responded that I was _not_ talking about video gaming and was quite aware of its success as my son participated in several events. This time I gave her more targeted links, specifically for table-top RPGs. I closed the email stating that I wanted to create a dialog where I could answer any questions she my have to help clarify.
>
> Not a stellar start, by any means, but it is a start. Any suggestions on approach? I want to pitch having a seminar on table-top RPGs leading up to an event to build interest and avoid any further confusion. I feel like I got off on the wrong foot and now I'm scrambling to recover.
>
> Follow Your Bliss,
> JJ

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