Gamers With Jobs Community by Scott Benson

UPDATE: International Gamers With Jobs Day October 19th, 2019!

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International Gamers With Jobs Day October 19th, 2019

***NEW Update***

Streaming on Twitch:
If you are interested in being a hosted streamer on the GWJ Twitch channel, please contact me at [email protected], and take a look at the schedule so far to request a time slot! We have two RPG's already scheduled, so we're hoping to see more video games.

Chimalli's IGWJ's Day 2019 - Tabletop Simulator sign-up thread **NEW**

Planning Threads for the following in-person 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.

Portland, Oregon
Minneapolis/st Paul, Minnesota
Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
LA/Orange County, California
Indianapolis Area, Indiana
Chicago, Illinois
Vancouver, British Columbia **NEW**
London, United Kingdom**NEW**
Toronto, Ontario**NEW**
Washington, DC/Metro Area**NEW**
Boston, Massachusetts**NEW**

Areas of Interest:
Many of you noted cities or areas you'd be interested in attending. If anyone from these areas is encouraged to start a meetup of your own, there are folks hoping to hear from you!

Canburra
Seattle
Mazatlan
Germany

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 18-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!

International Gamers With Jobs Day 2019 Survey

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.

International Gamers With Jobs Day 2019 Survey

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
-Escape Rooms
-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!

Comments

I realize that it would be wildly irresponsible to try to do any physical meetups in 2020, but could we please try for physical meetups in 2021. I’m sure that for 2020, virtual meetups will be happening. Right?

RawkGWJ wrote:

I realize that it would be wildly irresponsible to try to do any physical meetups in 2020, but could we please try for physical meetups in 2021. I’m sure that for 2020, virtual meetups will be happening. Right?

Outdoor LAN parties!!!!
Ok, no, but I can dream.

lunchbox12682 wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

I realize that it would be wildly irresponsible to try to do any physical meetups in 2020, but could we please try for physical meetups in 2021. I’m sure that for 2020, virtual meetups will be happening. Right?

Outdoor LAN parties!!!!
Ok, no, but I can dream.

I mean... that’s not out of the question. Virtual tabletop type of stuff is more along what I was thinking though.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I realize that it would be wildly irresponsible to try to do any physical meetups in 2020, but could we please try for physical meetups in 2021. I’m sure that for 2020, virtual meetups will be happening. Right?

Virtual in 2020 FOR SURE. 2021 would depend on a variety of factors depending what it's like outside of Vault 101 in 2021.