Just a quick note to say that I've now spent hours trying to get the GGG signup email sent, and it keeps getting blocked. (Apologies if you've received it more than once!) I'm not sure why something that worked last year won't now!
I think it's now gone to most people, but bounce messages can sometimes take hours to show up so I don't know for sure. In the interests of making sure those who want to secure a timeslot actually have a chance to do so, I'll repost the instructions for those wanting to sign up for this year's game below.
Hi everyone! Phil Minchin here again, to update you about everyone's favourite highly-organised string of communication failures, the Global Gossip Game.
I'm about to close off the registration for this year's GGG and start organising it. If you want to play, but haven't yet filled out this year's IGD@yl registration form, please do so pronto!
I should remind everyone that, depending on your timezone, not everyone who wants to participate will get to - logistics are tough like that. But we always do our best to get as many libraries in as possible. By early November you should have heard from us if you're going to be playing - please respond to any emails as quickly as possible! The nature of the event is such that other libraries are dependent on your answer.
If you want to get ahead of the game (so to speak) and have a preview of how it will work, last year's rules will be pretty much identical this year - I'll post updated ones soon, but if you want a sense of how it will work, you can read those right now. The big thing to remember is that you need to be ready to receive a call at a fixed time, have a staff member who is the contact person for the game during your turn (usually half an hour), and then be able to contact the next library through whatever means are agreed between you.
That's it! Thanks again for your interest and expect to hear from me soon!
Hi everyone! We just realised that we haven't done our annual blog post swap with Nordic Game Day - so we're going to sneak it in before the big day. Here's NGD co-ordinator Lone Hejlskov Munkeberg with a bit of information about this partner event!
Hi from Nordic Game Day!
Phil from International Games Day has invited me to tell you a bit about how we work.
As we are closing in on the date November 15th, the Nordic libraries are doing the final preparations for the Nordic Game Day and International Games Day.
This year we have representatives from all the Nordic countries, since for the very first time we can welcome four Icelandic libraries to the community. All in all there will be 115 attending libraries in Denmark (30) - including the first attending library from Greenland! - Finland (34), Iceland (4), Norway (35) and Sweden (12). In Finland they just can’t get enough - since they are having a game WEEK. Way to go!
The Nordic event is supported by the Nordic Game Institute and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Even though it is supported by them, it is very much a community-driven event. The attending libraries all set up local initiatives and events. More about that later on.
As a coordinator I have different tasks. I make sure that the event has a new poster every year, created by a local graphic Artist (Pernille Sihm). I ensure there is established contact between the developers, publishers, game critics and the libraries. I post news on the blog, Twitter and Facebook etc. This year we have been able to send out free merchandise and boardgames for the libraries. This underlines that both the videogames industry and the boardgame publishers also support the event - they too want games to be as visible and accessible as possible in libraries!
Another coordinating task is the annual browser game tournament. And this year we have chosen a semi bald naked guy on a mini bike to run the competition, since we will be competing in the very cool browser game Icycle, by the British indie developer Damp Gnat! At stake are cool prizes like Samsung Galaxy TAB 4 10.1” WIFI and gift certificates to the online service OnePlay - who has a digital library lending service.
Locally all kinds of stuff is going on. There are talks from game critics, workshops, cosplay, manga, retrogames, FIFA tournaments, Minecraft LAN, ping pong, chess, card games and much more.
Some of the Nordic libraries are also participating in IGD initiatives, so we are exited that you once again will host great stuff like the Global Gossip Game and the International Minecraft Hunger Games tournament.
We wish you all a very cool Game Day!
Thanks Lone! And I'd just like to point out a mildly awesome fact: that Nordic Game Day is using a British game for their tournament, while IGD is using a Nordic (Swedish, to be precise) game for ours! We're international without even trying 🙂