December, 2014 was the last library game night for me and my wife. It was a great run, but we were a bit burned out (after almost 6 years) and have more ambitious plans moving forward. Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to those who helped out.
Early in 2009 I started a monthly game night at our local library in Ashland, Oregon. February of 2014 was our 5th year anniversary
. It was an instant success and has been growing ever since, and we now typically get 65-85 people attending. The library has been extremely supportive and accommodating, and I've been having the wonderful experience of drawing more and more people into our hobby.
December of 2014 was out last Ashland Library Gamenight. My wife and I have decided to dedicate the time running and managing this event toward a more ambitious non-profit. I'll update this page with more information when it becomes solidified.
I wrote up a rather extensive geeklist about my experiences:Hosting A Public GamenightLibrary Game Collection
I've successfully built up a large collection of games 'dedicated' to the game night (over 300). These are all stored at the library which is saving a lot of pain (for this old man's lower back). Instead of hauling 15+ bins of games each month, I'm now just bringing my Crokinole board, candy & pretzels, the game being raffled, a vacuum cleaner, and any new games I'm adding.
Geek List: The Ashland Library Gamenight Collection
Geek List of "Wanted" Games: Wanted Games
Starting in Feb. of 2010, FunAgain
games began donating a new game each month
in order to be raffled off at our library game night. The intent is to collect non-perishable food items for our local Ashland Food Project:http://www.ashlandfoodproject.com/ Each non-perishable food item donated at the game night got you a raffle ticket. 12 cans of Spam, 12 tickets. We have ended the library game nights and thus the raffle. Funagain Games donated over 150 board games
over the years for our raffle. Thank you Funagain!!!Korben Dallas
: "Ah, negative. I am a meat popsicle."
BGG Related Utilities you should check out:
Tom Kiehl - Wonderful utility to print out all of your games as a deck of cards
Sam McCanna - Export your collection to Excel
John Farrell's Stats Geek Tools: http://extended.5gbfree.com/index.html
For those who play with color blind gamers
, check out this utility!: http://www.vischeck.com/vischeck/vischeckImage.phpReceived my golden meeple on 2011-05-29!A141E804688D2E7A9CDC0434FA04E1A66B4DCB90