Open gaming night on Friday night was a BLAST! It was great to see old friends and meet new ones. It was especially great to see Pauline and the ever wonderful Scott Nicholson! One of the highlights for the attendees was the Wits and Wagers Game show, moderated by the game’s creator and Scott Nicholson. Congrats to the winners!
So on to the second day – I had intended to do quite a bit of sessions and not do quite as much stuff in the Exhibits Hall, but the best laid plans…
I started my day with the Games and Gaming Panel, where Scott and Chris presented on the types of things that libraries can do to get into gaming and the resources available to libraries. Also present was the head of Northstar Games (Wits & Wagers), who had a small presentation as well. The panel then took some questions from librarians. Some of the best information was to find your local game store and see if they are willing to help or they know anyone who might be willing to volunteer.
I had intended to go to a 1 o’clock session, but ended up going to meet some mystery authors and others at the booths. When I looked up and decided to get lunch it was already 1:30. This lead to some more time spent on the floor and ultimately to a gathering of librarians and information professionals watching the US – Ghana game! I have to say that the number of people who were gathered around televisions through out the Convention Center was awe inspiring! Not to mention, you could tell what was going on by the noises that were coming from the hallways.
I did make it to the final session I wanted to go to on what you need to do before you digitize. This was a good presentation on the technical aspects of digitization and how to set yourself up well. I have to say though – I was definitely getting text updates on the game from my sister – Thanks Cynthia! You could still hear the noise every time the doors opened.