Wow, it's already October, and just in time for International Gamers With Jobs Day! Thank you to everyone who took the survey to help determine the dates. We tallied up the results, and October 23-24th was the winner!
Data breakdown spoilered below:
Much like last year, we ask that IGWJD celebrations be held primarily online to avoid anything that could put you or your family at risk. To help encourage and assist in the coordination and planning for online gaming, we've created the GWJ Gaming Sign-Ups Spreadsheet. This will allow all of us to gauge interest and plan for specific games and groups. Once a group has coalesced, those folks can hash out the finer details, such as dates and times, in the comments below or over at the #igwjd Discord channel.
Please, feel free to add entries onto the spreadsheet for something you'd like to play. When you add a new game to the sheet, mention it in the comments here or the Discord channels so others can go take a look. There are separate tabs for Video Games, Online Board Games, Online TTRPGs, and Other Meetings/Get-Togethers. Be sure to check all of the tabs that interest you!
If you're putting a game call out to the community at large, try coordinating games that are fun, easy to learn, popular with lots of folks or is available for free. (Jackbox, Among Us, Codenames, Team Fortress 2, Etc). If you have a more specific game with a buddy or two who are likely to help you start the party, then share it to see if other folks are available that day that want to play it!
To participate in community gaming, you may need some of the following:
- A headset & mic (and the ability to mute yourself in some way)
- Access to any of the games you'd like to get involved in
- A Discord account
- A Zoom account (if you intend to host a Zoom meeting)
- A webcam (if you would like to participate in any Zoom/Discord dance parties or toasts)
- A Twitch account and streaming setup (if you'd like to have your games hosted on the GWJ Twitch channel in between scheduled streams)
Throughout the weekend, we'll also host live streams over on our GamersWithJobs Twitch Channel, including appearances from podcasters and other GWJ content creators, as well as the regular rotation of channels to host and highlight. We'll post streaming schedules a little closer to the dates. If you'd like to stream on the GWJ Twitch account, please reach out to Amoebic via PM, or email call (at) gamerswithjobs.com to coordinate the schedule. You will need to have your own Twitch account and abide by our Code of Conduct while streaming as GWJ.
Some folks are concerned about streaming and attending streams due to hate raids. Gamers With Jobs has actively kept up to date with blocklists and have employed Serybot to avoid brigades. All streamers will be informed to switch chat to subscribers-only or emote-only to avoid a negative experience should that possibly occur. That being said, we'll be looking to speak to anyone interested in moderating for the twitch channel during scheduled streams to keep an eye on things! More importantly, Moderators are lovely company for the streamer
A common question asked is "Can we play on Friday instead?" Absolutely you can. We love a pre-game gamer. If there's a date/time that ends up working better for your group, great! What's important is playing games with your Gamers With Jobs people. Make sure to note it in the sheet or message Amoebic so they can spread awareness.
Thanks so much for your love, enthusiasm, and support of GWJ. It means the world to us that you would consider us as part of your home. We look forward to gaming with you for IGWJD 2021! As things get scheduled, we can update the main OP.