For those libraries that requested the games generously donated by Ravensburger and PopCap, you should now have everything you need. The Labyrinth games were shipped a couple of weeks ago, and the registration codes for the PopCap computer games went out in email this morning (October 31). Check the email inbox for the person who registered your library.
Don't forget that GameTable Online and RPG Table Online will be opening their gaming doors for free gaming for the entire weekend of International Games Day (November 3 and 4). GameTable Online offers online versions of 28 different board games and RPG Table Online is a virtual tabletop application for playing role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons via the internet.
To participate in player-vs-player games requires only that users be 13+ and have an active email address to register and get in the fun. Registration is not required to play against computer opponents at www.gametableonline.com/index.php.
If you have questions about the GTO and RTO donation, please contact Rob Eng at reng [at] gametableonline.com.
Finally, if you signed up for the video game tournaments, you should have received further instructions from the Ann Arbor District Library this week via email. If you didn't get the email or if you still have questions about how to participate, please email them at gtsystem [at] aadl.org.
We're excited that PopCap is donating 2,000 copies of its Bookworm and Bookworm Adventures computer games for libraries. There's still time to register your library to participate in this year's International Games Day @ your library event on November 3rd and receive a free registration code for each of these games.
We'll be closing this donation at the end of Sunday night, October 21st, so hurry and register today!
Just like in games, we've leveled up National Gaming Day to be an even bigger event this year. We have a new name - International Games Day @ your library - and a new date (the first Saturday of each November). This year's celebration of communities coming together to play at the library will take place on Saturday, November 3rd, and will include our traditional board game donation and national video game tournaments. However, this year we have some additional activities to add to the fun.
We're excited to announce that we have three sponsors this year who are donating games to libraries - huge thank yous to PopCap, Ravensburger, and GameTable Online. We're very grateful to their generous support of libraries, and we're thrilled that our international participants will be able to sign up for some donations this year.
Official sponsor Ravensburger is donating 1,000 copies of its board game Labyrinth. In addition, coupons for $5 off an order at the Ravensburger online shop will be distributed to libraries along with the game.
Official sponsor GameTable OnlineÂ will be opening up all of the games on its site on November 3rd in support of International Games Day to encourage players of all ages to join in the fun.
The Ann Arbor District Library has again graciously agreed to run two national video game tournaments for Games Day. Participating libraries can battle for supremacy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Mario Kart time trials (both on the Nintendo Wii).
We're also looking at adding some new activities this year, such as a global game of "Gossip" that passes information from one library to another throughout the day. We'll be posting more details about these opportunities in the coming weeks.
To get you started with marketing, you can download the new logo and the new poster/flyer from the Library Press Kit. Watch this space for more updates or sign up for email notices when we post new info. We'll post the first version of the map of participating libraries in August, and we'll have more marketing materials for you soon.
We can't wait for this year's event - game on!
We're excited to announce that DEMCO is again giving away a Gaming Gear Package to one lucky library that participates in National Gaming Day 2011!
Here's how your library can enter the contest.
- Register for this year's National Gaming Day event. If your library is already registered for NGD11, you're automatically eligible. To check if your library is registered, look for your name on the map of participating libraries.
- Download the DEMCO contest application form (pdf) and read through the entry rules (pdf). You'll want to prepare ahead of time how you'll capture the day's excitement @ your library. You may even want to involve your teen advisory board or a local gaming group to help track everything that happens so that you can include it in your contest entry.
- Participate on November 12, 2011. Play some games and have loads of fun!
- Submit your application to DEMCO by December 14, 2011.
- Watch for DEMCO to announce the winner on January 20, 2012, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting (you don't have to be at Midwinter to win the prize). Applications will be evaluated and finalists selected based on budgetary need, impact new equipment will have on the gaming program, and program impact on applicant's facility and/or community.
One lucky winner will receive a Gaming Gear Package worth more than $3000,Â including a DEMCO Triple Play Kiosk, a 42" LCD TV, and an Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle. Click here to see the prize package details (pdf). You can learn more about the contest and prize package on the DEMCO site.
This is a great opportunity to expand your gaming program, so be sure to register for NGD11 and start planning your game activities now. Don't forget to thank DEMCO for partnering with ALA and supporting gaming in libraries!
It's time to start gearing up for the big event on November 12! Registration is officially open for National Gaming Day 2011 at http://svy.mk/ngd11reg, and we're excited to announce that there are some great donations again this year (while they last!).
This year's official sponsor for National Gaming Day @ your library, FamilyAndPartyGames.com, is donating an amazing four games in support of gaming in libraries.
Loaded Questions: 500 copies (updated)
Loaded Questions Junior: 1000 copies (updated)
Awkward Family Photos: 500 copies (updated)
The Greatest Day Ever: 1000 copies (updated)
In addition to these fun board game activities, there will again be two national video game tournaments, but this year there's a twist. There's the Epic Super Smash Bros. Brawl and a retro 30th Anniversary Frogger Library High Score Contest (how can it be 30 years already?).
We're in the process of updating the marketing and PR materials, so follow @ngday on Twitter or subscribe to email updates for announcements when they're ready. Don't forget to thank FamilyAndPartyGames.com for their generous donation, too.
So book your meeting room now for Saturday, November 12, and register to participate in the most fun your patrons will have all year!