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Things are looking good for our Guild! We have been having quite a lot of fun playing and chatting and I can happily report that there are now 55 characters in our happy little library-centric guild. A good estimate is that these characters are represented by 35-40 different people (including three from Australia. Hello mates!). By my own unscientific estimation I would say that about 2/3 of the characters would be considered “regular” Guild players.

If you are interested in giving the game a shot you might want to consider dropping me a line first. If you do that I will hook you up with the refer a friend program with someone in our guild. It will make the game a lot easier for you and will also get you and your Guild partner and bunch of cool extras that really add up. Also, if you have a partner or significant other, my strong advice is to play together. WoW can be a lot of fun as a team and we’ve already seen couples in the guild having a great time together helping each other (and benefiting from Refer-a-Friend for sure *ahem* Rosz!) And with that, we bring you…pretty pictures!

Here is a nifty logo some of us will soon be wearing on t-shirts:
WoW Libraries and Librarians Libraryrogue Shirt

And here are some stats for the guild. You’ll need to click to see the larger version if you are interested in more details. More female characters and plenty of hunters. Lots of other fun details here if you are so inclined. :)
Libraries and Librarians WoW Guild Stats October 2008

There are also a ton of screen shots that guild members have been taking over the last several months. You can find that pool of images here. Enjoy!

Libraryman

PAX 2008

Yesterday was a glorious geek out day for me here is Seattle as I took most of the day to attend the Penny Arcade Expo (aka PAX). Here’s what PAX is:
“PAX is a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. We call it a festival because in addition to dedicated tournaments and freeplay areas we’ve got nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, the weekend-long Omegathon event, and an exhibitor hall filled with booths displaying the latest from top game publishers and developers. Even with all this amazing content the best part of PAX is hanging out with other people who know their shit when it comes to games.”

Along with a growing chorus of library professionals and educators, I believe the connections between gaming, community, technology, learning and libraries are gearing up for even more convergence and practical application. So besides just general geeking out and feeling completely comfortable (even at the X-Box presentation) all day, I attended a few sessions and I met some very brilliant, happy, informed and sometimes extravagantly decorated people.

So if you were of the ilk that enjoys these sorts of activities then you were in hog heaven. In know Chad from Hidden Peanuts was there too and I imagine he’ll be talking about it quite a bit. For now, here are some pictures to show you what my Sunday at PAX was like (click on them for larger images if you like):
Eeep! Zombies! PAX08

PAX Gaming and Community Panel
(l to r) Nelson Rodriguez – Gamerscore Blog, Nick Pulee – EvilAvatar.com, Christa Phillips – XBL Community Manager (Gamerchix is part of her scene), Flynn DeMarco – GayGamer.net, David Abram – CheapAssGamer.com.
This panel was my favorite event at the conference. Community is what makes it work, gaming, libraries or otherwise. It was great to hear people doing the same type of work, confirming ideas and sharing. Very good stuff.

Everybody Loves Wil Wheaton @ PAX08
To say Wil Wheaton was a big draw is an understatement. Most folks just know him this way, but he is not really that. He’s more like this.

What else would you expect to see at an event like this?
PAX08 SW Happens

She said something about wanting to steal my soul, but I was all, “Nah, let’s just take a picture together.”
PAX08 whitey

If you like Xbox, you may know this guy as Major Nelson:
PAX08 Major Nelson 2

WoW folks will dig this sneak peek shot:
PAX08 WoW Preview
(You can join our Libraries and Librarians guild btw, WoWing lib peeps!)

Party on, PAX!
PAX08 1
See you next year. :)

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Now playing: Dean Gray – Greenday Massacre

World of Warcraft is the largest “Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game” in the world. It has 10 million plus subscribers and is, in addition to being a blast and a lovely distraction, gloriously fun and addictive to many. And now, finally, WE (Libraries and Librarians) have a guild. If you play WoW and work in, for, or with Libraryland, you can now join the Libraries and Librarians Guild. We are new, but we already have a substantial Guild web site complete with a forum (very good in Wow-land). And a bank. In fact, we have a bank with three tabs and daily pulls for repairs (that is also quite good in WoW-land). Heck we even have an optional free (to you) Guild tabard (sort of like a t-shirt you wear in the game).
Libraries and Librarians WoW Guild Bank
And even without much of an official roll out, as of yesterday we already have a nice collection of members. In fact, just yesterday I took a happy little screen shot of our first Guild chat ever:
The 1st WoW Libraries and Librarians Guild: First Guild chat ever - July 23, 2008
So if you play Wow and have wanted to play with other library professionals, this could be the place for you. And if you have never played a gigantic on-line game, this may be the best opportunity you’ve ever had to give it a whirl. You’ll have to download the game to your PC or Mac (and have a machine that is powerful enough to play the game of course). And yes, there is a learning curve. But once you catch on, and you have a posse of friends to help you along (aka a Guild like ours) you may very well find yourself understanding more vividly then you might have ever imagined just what all this “Gaming and Libraries” talk is all about.

So join us! We’ll be there waiting to show you the ropes…and chat…and kill bad guys! Along the way, you’ll likely grok the whole online community/gaming/libraries thing just a little bit more, and have a blast while you’re at it. In fact, consider this your invitation to do exactly that!

Note: If you want to join this guild you must be on the Aerie Peak -US server. If you are a new player be sure to pick that server! Also, if you are creating a toon (new character) or transferring an existing character to join this guild, be sure you put it on this server (Aerie Peak – US)!!!

Thanks and see you soon in WoWland!

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DK and MP Fake Rock
Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep…..This just in…. Jenny Levine, Aaron Schmidt and I will be hosting an Open Gaming Event after the Sunday preconference on, well, gaming, that Jenny and Aaron are doing. We’re happy to say that this is being brought to you, in a fairly informal way, by ALA and WebJunction, courtesy of Information Today. Cooperation is Goooood. :)

Here are the details:
This Sunday, Oct 28, starting around 4:30 p.m. in the Colton I room, we’ll have Guitar Hero (PS2), Dance Dance Revolution (PS2), and Wii Sports going for open play. This is your chance to beat your favorite blogger at any one of these games. I have been honing my Guitar Hero chops and will be happy to take on all comers, though Jenny, Aaron and I are mostly there to watch help and watch you all have fun.

We’ve got the room until 7:00 p.m., and as Jenny says: “I can pretty much guarantee a lot of laughter, finger wagging, trash talking, and general merriment.” Oh, and Flickring, too, since we’re also counting this as a Flickr and Twitter meetup. Heck, why not throw video in there too? You know it goes without saying that we will be hitting the town after the session, right?

I’m bringing a prize for the greatest Guitar Hero of the evening. Rock!
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Libraryman

More Sweet, Delicious alamw2007

ALA Midwinter is over, but continues to age gracefully, opening the full bouquet of library bounty as the dust settles. Library peeps from around the globe now are returned home and have begun reassuming their real and on-line (still real) identies. What did that last sentence mean? I don’t know for sure, but I think it was something like: Cool stuff from Midwinter is still showing up on-line!

For one thing, (though it may not qualify as “cool” to everyone), you can find this presentation on flickr. Me is meant as a good thing here, more of an outward reaching concept for sharing and libraries than a selfish individualistic worldview. Click the pic below for linkage:
Gimme Gimme Gimme Set & Summary

Also, lots and lots of conference photos are showing up on flickr with the tag alamw2007. That’s the tag that the collective decided on, right? Check out the most “interesting” here.

Also today, David Lee King posted a video of he and I doing some booty shakin’ with the video game Dance Dance Revolution at the ALA TechSource booth. Alright, it may not technically be booty shaking, more stomping really, but you can tell we were havin’ us some fun! I hope they have Karaoke Revolution next year. :)

If you’ve left something cool on-line from alamw2007 and want to share it here, I’d love to see it. Stick a link in the comments, baby!

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Libraryman

Libraryman Is Game

With all the buzz surrounding gaming in libraries I thought you might enjoy the Libraryman blog?s two cents. Firstly, here I am using an eye toy plug-in device on my Playstation 2. Rock!

Got Game - PS2 Eye Toy II

Also if you follow this link and watch the video for ?Chicken Payback? you can see a catchy demonstration of the very popular DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) game/device in action. Plus you get to hear a song called ?Chicken Payback?. With a name like that you already know it?s gonna? be good. The DDR game/interface has been used in most of the library gaming events I?ve seen pictures of and people seem to get a real kick (pun intended) out of it.