Some of you may have noticed the little “Associated Gamers” brand in the corner. AG is the brainchild of the Kevin Schlabach, of Seize Your Turn and Play in Public fame. It’s essentially a broadcast channel where a group of Eurogame bloggers can share their links in one handy place. Although I’m not strictly a Eurogame blogger, Kevin was kind enough to ask me to participate, and I think it’s a great place to get links to all your news and reviews in one place.
This is probably a good moment to reiterate what State of Play is and isn’t. This is a personal blog focused on games of all types in order to bring interesting items (news, games, puzzles, reviews) to a mainstream readership. There are a number of people covering Eurogames far better than I. Writers and podcasters like W. Eric Martin, Tom Vasel, Dice Hate Me, Board Games Reviews by Josh, the members of Associated Gamers, and many others do a terrific job. And, of course, there are always the BoardGameGeek forums for the brave or foolhardy. I do cover Eurogames, but I don’t single them out as the only “good” kind of game. I’m just as likely to write about chess or playing cards or videogames. (In fact, my playing card posts–particularly playing card art–get far, far more hits than anything else here.)
Associated Gamers is also helping to create a sense of community among various game bloggers, which brings me to the most important part of this post. Through the AG messages on Posterous, I’ve been able to exchange comments with a number of different writers, including Josh Edwards of Board Game Reviews by Josh. Josh lives in Joplin, Missouri. He writes on Twitter: “I and my family are all safe. Unfortunately, my house (and boardgames) were completely lost. So… Yeah… Don’t really know what to say.”
Someone on BGG has already started a thread to help Josh and his family as they try to rebuild their lives. As I learn more, I’ll report it in a future post. Our prayers are with them all.