Seize Your TurnTM has recently launched the PiP (Play in Public) Campaign in an attempt to increase awareness of modern boardgaming in the American culture. For an introduction, I’ll just use a quote directly from the announcement blog:
In Australia, 1 in 7 people played a board game in the past week and in Germany it is higher. In China, board game cafes are exploding. What is happening in the United States that is keeping us from breaking open this community? Maybe we’ve become anti-social, lazy, or simply too addicted to our television. Whatever the reason, this is an American problem…
So, how do we spark this viral sharing of adult board gaming? Let’s just expose people to what is out there! We have the power to do something about this ourselves… that is the essence of the campaign. Let’s have the courage to play in an environment where people can see a game, safely ask questions, and go on their way. Let’s slowly raise the curiosity of the non-gaming community. At first it is about breaking down the stereotype of gaming, but eventually it will raise people’s desire to try it themselves. If enough people participate in this campaign, we can successfully expose a large portion of the general public to games they previously didn’t know existed.
So, basically, the PiP Campaign is all about playing boardgames in public. Instead of keeping it all cooped up in our homes or the back of game stores, let’s get out there in the public eye and let people know what boardgaming really has to offer these days! Be open and friendly and willing to explain a little about the game you’re playing and how awesome this hobby really is.
Personally, the purpose of this campaign really resonates with me. Finding places and opportunities to play may be a bit difficult or uncomfortable at times, but I really want to make a commitment to giving it a try. I’m going to be making some suggestions to my game group about it, and I hope that more of you out there will do the same.
Join the PiP Campaign Facebook Fan Page and use the #PiPCampaign hashtag on Twitter to share your efforts to share games in public. And if you need more encouragement, participating in the campaign and posting or linking to your reports will enter you into a giveaway contest sponsored by Out of the Box Games!
So, pick a pretty game, play it in public, and be willing to share your love of games and gaming! Join the campaign and help us work toward changing the reputation of boardgames in our culture!
I plan on making Pandemic one of my first “played in public” games!