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Subject: The great "FLGS of the world" mapping project rss

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Update: 9/26/2009
Development of the Flgs of the world app has begun, finally!!
Learn about it here.

2009-07-27 00:58:37 CST
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Update: 7/26/2009

The link to the map has been updated as to not force a default
zoom and center. It should now start up showing the world

New link: FLGS of the World



I am aware of a few resources, on this site, that list FLGS. While those are great resources in their own right, i think we need something a bit more visual and interactive.

This post(by user masdero) has piqued my interest:
Worldwide (boardgames and miniatures) Shop map

masdero wrote:
Sometimes I visit new cities and nations and I always think: «Damn, if I only remembered to ask a few days ago on BGG if there are Boardgame shops (nice souvenir) here».

So I started to imagine an interface, using google maps api, to create a visual list of shops in town.

You can add, modify or remove a shop.

Each shop description should be include (at least, what else do you suggest?):

Name, Address, email, website, telephone, fax, opening time, if specialized in geekstuff (normal game shop with for example robots and dolls too or not), sells miniatures, sells boardgames, sells wargames.

What do you think about it?
Something always there can be populated better than just a thread in a forum section.

I will re-post my response:

boris317 wrote:
thankfully google has provided a very easy way to do this. I might be inclined to write something a bit more specific to just boardgames shops(using the gmap api), but really there is no need.

here is my personal map. You should see a marker over in New Hampshire.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=1044...

here is some info about how to use my maps:
http://maps.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=68480#pu...

edit(here is some additional info about using "my maps"):
after clicking the link to my map you should see a link
"save to my maps" in the left panel. click it.

Now adding a new location is easy. First search for it in the search
box at the top of the page.

Once you located the store on the map(via its red tear drop) click it. There should be a link "Save To My Maps"(click it!!!). Choose FLGS Game Store from the pull down and you have just added new content to the map.

Make sure to save what you have just done. In the left panel there should be a save button.

To be clear i have created a google "My Maps" map that is public to the world. I have renamed the map FLGS of the World. By going here you can view and "save it to my maps"(you must have a google account and be logged in to save the map)


HOWTO add a game store:
If you have already added FLGS of the World My Map to your My Maps skip to step d10-3
d10-0 Make sure you have a Google account and you are logged in.
d10-1 Go to the My Map HERE
d10-2 Click the Save To My Maps link



that will add the FLGS of the World My Map to your My Maps

d10-3 Search for the game store you wish to add. This step and the next are the most important, as it will come back with a location marker that you will be adding to our My Map. This ensures we get all the correct info for this location(such as address, website, ect. I have noticed a few game store additions in the San Fran area that do not have an address associated with it)



d10-4 Click the correct location marker. Then click the Save to My Maps link. Select FLGS of the World from the drop down menu and hit Save.



d10-5 You will now be taken to the FLGS of the World map. You should see your newly created location. Go ahead and add
any comment you would like. Then remember to hit Ok and Save/Done when
necessary



And thats it! Following these instructions should insure accurate additions to the map.

My Maps documentation

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thank you for the VERY generous
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UPDATE:

You can actually add to the map now!!! I had made the map public, which only effects its visibility in the My Maps dir. I had not set the privacy to allow ALL to edit the map. This has been fixed. Please add some locations!!!!
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Added a few locations. Good luck!
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Added 6 in the central NY area. Fun idea!
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Added a few in Toronto. Good idea!
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Added two here in St. John's.
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Added one in Kenosha, WI
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Added J & J Cards and GermanGames.com here in Kitchener-Waterloo.
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Added a couple of stores in Kansas and Missouri.
Great idea! I'm always struggling to find game stores when traveling.
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I wonder if a link to this map can be made on the main BGG page.
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Off to a decent start, keep it up .

MaxVertigo wrote:
I wonder if a link to this map can be made on the main BGG page.

If we can fill this map up i am sure we can add it to the bgg wiki.
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Added the first UK FLGS!
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Added a chunk to the Los Angeles, California Area.

Would love to know that I am missing some and find new places.
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Really great idea. I added two stores in the Iowa City area.
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looking good. What are you guys seeing for the default zoom and center of the map? It starts zoomed into Boston area for me. Incidentally that was the zoom and center when i created the map. I am looking into changing it so the the map starts zoomed out, with a clear view of all the continents.
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boris317 wrote:
looking good. What are you guys seeing for the default zoom and center of the map? It starts zoomed into Boston area for me. Incidentally that was the zoom and center when i created the map. I am looking into changing it so the the map starts zoomed out, with a clear view of all the continents.

Yeah, it's somewhere in Massachusetts, but I can swing it left past Albany a bit, so it's a quick, straight jump for me. But more zoomed out might be better.
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Added the two stores in Vienna I'm aware of.
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Added two in the UK.
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Great project. Just what I have been looking for on a number of occasions!

Added all stores from the Outland chain in Norway.
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borgemik wrote:
Great project. Just what I have been looking for on a number of occasions!

Added all stores from the Outland chain in Norway.

Thanks for the contributions. If you enjoy the map please thumb the thread so others can be made aware of our endeavour
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I posted a link to this thread and a link to the map in the UK guild.
Might be a good idea for others to post the same in their geographic guilds.....
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here comes a summary of stores added so far. posting this to test code i am writing that parses the map's RSS feed. Its looking like this will be a great way to periodically sync the locations to a database and make this whole thing searchable like that other store db was.

Austria
Damage Unlimited
Spielerei
Canada
All A-Board Games
Downtown Comics
Timemasters Inc
401 Games Toys Sportscards
Hairy Tarantula Games&Comics
Hairy Tarantula West Games&Comics
Meeple Mart
J&J Cards and Collectibles
German Games
Turtle Pond Toys
Sentry Box, The
Minotaur Games&Gifts
Finland
Lautapelit.fi
Germany
Brave New World
Hiveworld
Spielbrett Köln Inh. N. Pick
Spielkauf
Italy
Giochinscatola Di Anna D'Iorio
Norway
brettspill.no
Outland Østbanehallen
Outland - Paléet
Outland Bergen
Outland Drammen
Outland Kristiansand
Outland Stavanger
Outland Trondheim
Sweden
Hobbygames
The Netherlands
De Dobbelsteen
Moenen&Mariken
Eppo
Schellens Speelgoed
Jolie Spellen
Gameforce
De Vlinder
Toermalijn
UK
Games Lore
Wassail Games
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CA Bakersfield - Gaming Experience
CA Berkeley - Games of Berkeley
CA Burbank - Emerald Knights Comics&Games
CA Burbank - Last Grenadier
CA Carmichael - Viking Hobby
CA Chatsworth - All Ways Gaming
CA Fullerton - DiceHouse Games
CA Garden Grove - Brookhurst Hobbies
CA Long Beach - The War House
CA Montclair - Gameology
CA Pasadena - Game Empire Pasadena
CA Rancho Cordova - Heroes Alley
CA Riverside - GMI Games&Collectibles
CA San Francisco - Just Awesome the Board Game Store
CA San Francisco - Gamescape
CA San Mateo - Gator Games&Hobby
CA San Rafael - Gamescape
CA Santa Monica - Aero Hobbies
CA Studio City - Knight Ware Inc
CA Torrance - Third Planet
CA Ventura - Seth's Games&Anime
CO Littleton - Enchanted Grounds
FL Clearwater - Emerald City Comics Games Toys
FL Orlando - Sci Fi City
FL Winter Park - Cool Stuff Games
IA Iowa City - Critical Hit Games
IA Iowa City - The Hobby Corner
IL Chicago - Cat&Mouse Game Store Inc
IL Mount Prospect - Games Plus
KS Olathe - 31st Century Games
KS Overland Park - Tabletop Game&Hobby
KY Lexington-Fayette - Rusty Scabbard
KY Lexington-Fayette - A Plus Comics&Collectibles
MA 2-114 N Pleasant St - Worlds Apart Games
MA Boston - Complete Strategist
MA Greenfield - Greenfield Games
MA Hadley - X9 Games
MA Northampton - Modern Myths, LLC Comics&Games
MA Waltham - Danger Planet Games&Hobbies
MA Westfield - Lost Harbor Games&Hobbies
ME 1-39 ME-114 - Crossroad Games
MN Minneapolis - Tower Games
MN Minneapolis - Chaos Games
MN Minneapolis - Monster Den LLC
MN St Paul - Source Comics&games
MO St Louis - Miniature Market
NH Londonderry - Game Castle
NH Nashua - Comic Store
NH Salem - Myriad Games
NY Ithaca - Providence Hobbies
NY Ithaca - Alphabet Soup
NY Ithaca - Comics for Collectors
NY Rochester - Millenium Games
NY Syracuse - Play the Game Read A Story
NY Vestal - Jupiter Games
PA Blue Bell - Alternate Universes
PA King of Prussia - Compleat Strategist
PA New Holland - Six Feet Under Games
PA West Chester - Games Keep LLC
PA West Chester - Games Keep Llc
TN Hermitage - Game Keep
UT Salt Lake City - Game Night Games
UT Salt Lake City - Boardgame Revolution
WA Mukilteo - Phoenix Games
WA Seattle - Blue Highway Games
WA Seattle - Gary's Games&Hobbies
WA Seattle - Berserk Games
WA Seattle - Gamma Ray Games
WI Kenosha - Rockhead's Comics and GAMES


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Play the Game, Read the Story is in the Carousel Mall in Syracuse. I put in "Carousel Center Drive" to take me to it, and it did take me to the mall. Its address is:

9808 Carousel Ctr
Syracuse, NY 13290-9801
(315) 472-4263
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