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Online Doc ALA's Game Collection

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

This is a running list of the games that ALA owns thanks to purchases and donations from vendors (especially National Gaming Day sponsors). I've used italics to indicate those games that we've actually used at an ALA event.

This is a running list of the games that ALA owns thanks to purchases and donations from vendors (especially National Gaming Day sponsors). I've used italics to indicate those games that we've actually used at an ALA event.

Board Games

  • 10 Days in the USA (1)
  • 10 Days in Europe (1)
  • 7 8 9 (1)
  • Awkward Family Photos (3)
  • Backseat Drawing(1)
  • Backseat Drawing Junior (1)
  • Blurt (1)
  • Can't Stop (2)
  • Cranium (1)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set (1)
  • HamsterRolle (1)
  • Ingenious (2)
  • Liebrary (1)
  • Likewise (1)
  • Loaded Questions (3)
  • Loaded Questions Junior (3)
  • Magic the Gathering Two-player Starter Game (1)
  • Ninja Versus Ninja (1)
  • Patch Words (1)
  • Say Anything (3)
  • Say Anything Family Edition (3)
  • Super Circles (1)
  • The Greatest Day Ever! (3)
  • Transamerica (1)
  • TransEuropa (1)
  • Wits & Wagers (1)
  • Word on the Street (1)
  • Word on the Street Junior (1)
  • You've Been Sentenced (1 + 3 expansion packs)

 

Video Games

Nintendo Wii with 4 controllers

  • Big Brain Academy
  • The Bigs
  • WarioWare Smooth Moves

PlayStation 2

  • Dance Dance Revolution (multiple versions)
  • Guitar Hero (multiple versions, although we only have 2 guitars)

XBox 360

  • Rock Band (multiple versions)

 

Games Volunteers Have Brought to or Run for Open Gaming Night/ALAplay

I've bolded the titles I think we should buy based on

  • Bananagrams
  • Blokus and Giant Blokus 
  • Customized Wits & Wagers
  • Dancing Eggs
  • Dixit
  • Finito
  • Fluxx (regular, Monty Python, and Zombie Fluxx)
  • Foursquare (the original, not the mobile checkin app)
  • Forbidden Island
  • Game Show
  • Get Bit!
  • Hey, That's My Fish!
  • I Robot
  • Level X
  • Mario Kart (Wii)
  • Mosaix
  • Nintendo DS handhelds plus various games
  • Quiddler
  • Telestrations
  • Time's Up Title Recall! 
  • Tsuro
  • Werewolf
  • Wii Sports

I know there are more titles others have brought, so feel free to add to the list if you remember them. I think it's fairly comprehensive, though.

 

Suggested Titles ALA Should Purchase

Please add your suggestions here and put your name in parentheses after each one. I've started the list with a couple of titles I think we should buy for our collection.

  • Giant Blokus - an experience attendees probably wouldn't get anywhere else, is visually very attractive (Jenny)
  • If we decide to keep offering video games in the future, I'd consider purchasing a Kinect for the XBox 360 (Jenny)
  • Telestrations - this has been very popular at the last couple of events (Jenny)
  • Tsuro - another great visual game that's very casual but fun for a group (Jenny)

 

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Discussion ALAplay at Annual 2012

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 03:30 pm

Hi --

Long time, no chat, but it's time to start talking ALAplay for Annual 2012 in Anaheim! Feel free to leave the ALAplay community by going to http://connect.ala.org/og/manage/132159 if you're not interested in helping to plan this year's event, but we hope you'll stay to help out.

I know it's only March, but we're actually behind on planning, especially if we want to have sponsors. Plus, we have to gear up the marketing to make sure we get a bigger crowd this year.

So I'm kicking off the discussion -

Hi --

Long time, no chat, but it's time to start talking ALAplay for Annual 2012 in Anaheim! Feel free to leave the ALAplay community by going to http://connect.ala.org/og/manage/132159 if you're not interested in helping to plan this year's event, but we hope you'll stay to help out.

I know it's only March, but we're actually behind on planning, especially if we want to have sponsors. Plus, we have to gear up the marketing to make sure we get a bigger crowd this year.

So I'm kicking off the discussion -

What kinds of activities do we want to offer? Let's define what we mean by "games" and "cosplay" and "fun," because those are all a given. What do YOU want to do at ALAplay12?

Jenny

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Discussion Need for planning and ideas

by Brian Mayer on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 01:50 pm

I think we really need to put together ideas and start planning for ALA Play. The video game poll put out by Jenny just sat like a dead fish so it seems we are resigned to the analog space. We can still make the best of this but we need to step up some planning. The comic/GN folks are really working well on their end. ALA has a library of board and card games that can be set up on tables and we might be picking a few newer titles to freshen that up and introduce more games to attendees.

I think we really need to put together ideas and start planning for ALA Play. The video game poll put out by Jenny just sat like a dead fish so it seems we are resigned to the analog space. We can still make the best of this but we need to step up some planning. The comic/GN folks are really working well on their end. ALA has a library of board and card games that can be set up on tables and we might be picking a few newer titles to freshen that up and introduce more games to attendees.

I would really love to see us bring more "experiences" to attendees. Gaming events and things that you normally only get to do at conventions or other special gaming events so they can take those and bring them back to their library spaces to recreate and add to their gaming programs. I mentioned maybe running a silent library game, Scott Nicholson or myself could also put on a Parsley Game. It would be great if someone wanted to coordiante a nice introductory LARP or role playing game for attendees. A big space puzzle game would be a great experience for attendees as well. These are all gaming experiences that are outside the cookie-cutter console/board game setups that are often modeled. We could then have a program of events for attendees.

Building off of that, I think having information stations along the perimeter of the space would be incredibly benificial as well. People could share their expertise either in little demos or these could just be flyers or pamphlets with information, links etc. Things for attendees to take with them. Ideas could cover game design, iOS/Android implementation, selection criteria, awards, anything really that people are doing and want to share. Those resources could then be incorportated into the new Gaming, Learning and Literacies or offered by the Round Table.

So we need ideas and we need people or this is going to die on us. 

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ARCHIVED: A group of folks planning for the expanded Open Gaming Night, cosplay, and other activities that make up "ALAPlay" on Friday night at ALA Annual Conferences. This year's event will be on Friday, June 22nd, from 7:30-10:00 pm in Anaheim.

ALAplay is now managed by the GameRT ALAplay Committee.

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