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Library RPGs in Bowling Green, OH



Ok, so Perrysburg is stalled. I will keep pinging them from time to time to see if their condition has changed. But, just got back from a fruitful meeting in Bowling Green.

The outcome of the meeting is two-fold. First, I will be offering D&D 4e demos on November 14th as part of National Gaming Day @ your library. We'll be using this to gauge interest. The youth librarian will be putting together a feedback/tally sheet that we'll use.

The second is the BG Teen Central has a group of 7th & 8th graders wanting to play a weekly game of D&D. This is very likely to get going soon. I'm meeting with the Teen Central coordinator to get her up to speed on RPGs and D&D. I'm not certain how much I will have to do with this, but at the very least I may be able to advise and/or train their interns.

This will be a great success story if things go well, and a great learning experience no matter what happens.

Follow Your Bliss,
JJ



Just a quick update. I had an opportunity to host a game as part of the BG Teen Central 'lock-in', an overnight gathering of teen boys. I reluctantly had to decline because it was the same night I returned from a week-long work trip in San Diego. I put forth my interest in doing something for the next event of that nature.

Otherwise things are pretty quiet on the library front for the holiday season. I don't expect things to pick up again until after the New Year. I will be vacationing with my family during that time so I'll wish everyone a warm holiday season to all and hopes for a fantastic New Year.

Follow Your Bliss,
JJ



Thanks for the links. As things get rolling I'm hoping to build a better collection, but I also wanted to show the librarians what you could do out of the box. The only things I added were the laminated character sheet - only because I want to use them again. I have Star Wars and Wizards had that 10 part campaign that I had started downloading. I may look into that again.

Best of luck on the move and new job.

Regards,
JJ


> As for tokens, head on over to www.rptools.net and grab their free token tool. It is a drag and drop program for making your own tokens.


Here is a tutorial from Obsidian Portal on using the token maker and making some nice looking tokens.
Token Tutorial


JJ
I posted a reply to your blog. But just thought I would follow up here too.

Congrats on a very successful program.

I recently changed locations and jobs, so my library RPG groups are currently on hold. I was running my own campaign but I used the 3.5 starter as a spring board for my campaign. Hopefully sometime in the near future I'll be able to start them up again. Right now all I have is the Star Wars campaign I'm running at home.

One way to get some nice minis is through the WPN. They have been having game days for the launch of some of the new D&D handbooks. You get like 3 copies of the adventure 3 sets of character minis and 3 sets of monster minis. Now granted these are meant to be done in a store where they would run like 3 tables, but I've always kept a set for the library and have the other 2 as door prizes.

As for tokens, head on over to www.rptools.net and grab their free token tool. It is a drag and drop program for making your own tokens.

Keep us informed and let me know if there is anything I can do to help ya out.

Dusty

p.s. I also agree that the Wood County Library's Teen Section is pretty nice.



Thanks Dusty. I'm starting to be more interested in running 4E anyway, so that will work.

Bill reminded me that I have neglected to update everyone on the recent Gaming Day at the BG library. Without further ado, here it is: http://back2rpgbasics.blogspot.com/2009/11/day-at-library.html

Follow Your Bliss,
JJ


> I just joined WPN and am running into the fact that there is not a lot of D&D support...

I'm not sure what version of D&D you are thinking about running but it seems like Wizards is really interested in only offering official support for 4th ed. Once you are listed as a Gateway Organizer for the WPN you should be able to gain access to a few free adventure modules that can adapt to 3.5. The Delve Night adventures that they put out for about a year are kinda nice for some short adventures for introducing kids to the game.

> On a different note,...The Warriors RPG is designed by Stan! and is free for download from the Warriors site: http://www.warriorcats.com/adventure.html

I've never played the Warriors game (didn't even know they made one) but I know that the series is a pretty popular one. Another one that might be of interest is Mouse Guard. It is based on the graphic novels of the same name. Sounds like it might even be similar to Warriors except with mice instead of cats.

> I'm waiting to get some feedback to see if they want any more assistance or training for staff regarding D&D or other games.
>
> Regards,
> JJ

Again, good luck and keep up posted.
Dusty



My meeting at BG Teen Central last week went well. So good, in fact, they asked me back this week to talk some more to the students. I'm going over after work (or a little bit earlier if I can swing it) to talk to them some more about RPGs and plug the upcoming event at our library this weekend.

The director of the program is planning on coming to the library event to discuss further what my role would be in assisting them with getting a regular RPG event at Teen Central. While not a library, it will hopefully be a regular event in a community setting.

As always, I'll keep posting here as long as people enjoy reading it.

Follow Your Bliss,
JJ


I just joined WPN and am running into the fact that there is not a lot of D&D support. I haven't taken the test yet and am trying to work with support to figure what what the next step is. I'm listed as a Private DM currently.

On a different note, I met with 7th & 8th graders at the BG Teen Central afterschool program and talked to them about RPGs. Most were very interested. Several had played at least D&D 3.5 before and one played a game of Warriors (young adult book series about a group of cats). The Warriors RPG is designed by Stan! and is free for download from the Warriors site: http://www.warriorcats.com/adventure.html

I'm waiting to get some feedback to see if they want any more assistance or training for staff regarding D&D or other games.

Regards,
JJ


Glad to hear things are going good for you.

Are you a member of the Wizards Play Network? My recent experience with them is that they offer great support for Magic, but currently not much for D&D. If you are a member (not sure if you have to be a TO for D&D) and have pasted your DMing test you should be able to get things listed. If not then first you need check into becoming a gateway Tournament Organizer.

What adventure are you planning on running? If you're running a self made adventure that could cause some problems but if you are running a WotC adventure you should have no problems.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

Dusty

ps if you are on WotC communites look me up. my user name is sawDusty



Things are proceeding in BG. The big event is NGD@yl. I will plan to run a drop-in D&D 4e event. I'm trying to get it listed on the Wizards Play Network as well, but running into some obstacles. I hope to have that sorted out this week.

This week I will also be meeting with BG Teen Central. My meeting is two-fold. I'll be speaking with 7th & 8th graders in the after school program to introduce them to the wider variety of RPGs besides D&D. After the meeting I will do a quick D&D 4e lesson with Teen Central staff so they are more familiar with the game. I'll get a better feel for whether they will be running a regular D&D game or something else.

As always, I'll keep you posted as things develop.

JJ



Will do!
JJ


Great news! As always, I'm enjoying your updates - please keep them coming, they are invaluable to everyone who wants to do the same at their library!

- Bill

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