International Gamers With Jobs Day October 19th, 2019
Planning Threads for the following locations!
If you would like to start a meetup in your area, create a forum thread and link it in the comments below and we'll add it to the original post.
Update: Thank you so much for taking the survey! October 19th was noticeably in the lead. I was also informed that EGX (EuroGamer Expo) is happening the weekend of the 19th, so it seems like an excellent opportunity if folks decide they want to meet up that day.
Regarding international time zones: We'll be hosting and playing games throughout the entire day and night of the 19th to give people some flexibility with planning and allowing for time zones. I'm going to -try- for a 24-hour stream that will likely be 12am to 11:59pm PST, with an assortment of folks at the helm so we can plan events in shifts.
Please feel free to start breaking off into your own planning threads. If folks are coordinating live meets, please have the contact person reach out to me if you're interested in having a phone chat with the GWJ twitch stream stream via Discord!
What is International Gamers With Jobs Day? It started with a Slap & Tickle! Two, actually.
Inspired by Rabbit-cons of years past, two gatherings of GWJers sprung forth in California and Ohio in 2010 to hang out and play games. More quickly followed and it snowballed into a worldwide celebration! Thus, International Gamers With Jobs day was born.
There were gatherings in multiple continents in October celebrating the members of this wonderful community. Some folks traveled long distances and spent many nights so they could hunker down to play games together!
It eventually grew out of practice and fell by the wayside as life came at us. We all got a little more busy, and little less connected on the forums. Things changed.
If you’ve looked at previous threads for IGWJD (International Gamers With Jobs Day), you may notice that there seems to be folks who had spent several months planning and organizing. You may also have noticed that I just proposed IGWJD this August about a date during the following October.
Revivals can sometimes be risky, and fraught with the shade of former expectations. It’s often trying to bring back lightning in a bottle. This isn’t an attempt to try and chase what it used to be. That seems a difficult road to travel.
I want to leave expectations at the door and take this opportunity to get together and celebrate the fellow GWJers we spend time with. Just a special moment on a special day that we can share in our appreciation of one another.
I’m fond of small things and new beginnings, and this is no exception! It could just be two people, getting together briefly on that day to snap a picture together to share with us on Twitter or Instagram. It could be a dozen or so people hanging out in the comfort of their own homes for 30 minutes in the Gamers With Jobs Twitch Channel that I'll be hosting! It could be several folks who manage to wrangle together some snacks and games for an evening. It could even be a slumber party in an airBnB!
I’d like a little feedback to help facilitate this process.
Here's a link to a survey that I hope can help in organizing and planning this year. If you're so inclined, please feel free to give it a spin and let me know what you think.
If you're interested in being a local GWJ organizer or host in your area, please say something in this thread to gauge interest. If one or more people answer - you’ve got a chance for a meetup! From there, create a forum thread with “IGWJD2019: City name Here” in it, and see if there’s something you can come up with together!
A few ideas if you would like to organize IGWJD activities:
-Geeky Boardgame Restaurants/Pubs
-Arcades, Barcades, Carnivals, Amusement Parks in the area
-attend a movie or live event
-picnic in a local park (bonus points if someone busts out a hackey sack at some point)
-meet someone for tea or coffee in a public place, bring your handhelds or a quick little card game!
And PLEASE take lots of pictures! I want to see all your beautiful faces!