Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Complete The Oracle

We have a Kickstarter going for The Complete The Oracle, a reprint of a nearly lost 1980s AD&D fanzine.  Funded completely in the first 24 hours, jump on board this limited edition book before it's gone!  See the first issue for free HERE.

Monday, April 20, 2015


We are raising funds to send PlaGMaDA director Tim Hutchings to present a game studies workshop at a conference in the U.K.  This means a reverse sale on the two PlaGMaDA publications:  Everything is Dolphins and The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord.  

A reverse sale? That means we are giving you the chance to pay MORE for these books, knowing the funds are earmarked for a good cause.  These will be fulfilled directly by the archive, and can be signed or drawn in as per the contributor's wish.

Go here for the reverse sale:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tuesday Deadline for Game Studies Fundraiser!

I have been invited to travel to Newcastle in the UK to present a workshop at the "In the Regions of Utopia" conference organized by the Imaginaries of the Future group.  We will be exploring how to use roleplaying games to test imagined social systems, and as a means of creative speculation in their own right.  
I was awarded the largest travel stipend possible, but the $1500 grant doesn't cover the entire cost of the trip.  Here I am, hat in hand, trying to scrape together funds to cover the difference and not lose that amazingly generous travel grant.

An additional one thousand dollars is needed to fund the trip.  Five hundred of that has to be raised by this coming Tuesday, March 31st!  That's soon.  Tuesday is the withdrawal deadline, if I don't have at least half of the funds in place by then I'll need to decline participation.


It's important to push games into scholarly spaces, it legitimizes projects like this archive and brings attention to game studies as a whole.  This in turn makes it easier to get grants and funds which let us do more and better things.

Help me make my Tuesday deadline!  This is a chance to pick up copies of the archive's two publications signed and drawn in by me, or you can just donate a dollar.

Thanks so much,
Tim Hutchings
Director, Play Generated Map and Document Archive

Monday, February 9, 2015

Shop down

Our in-house shop is down while our distributor reconfigures their business model. Things should be up and doing by the end of March. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hand-drawn wargame chit identification, scanner

The archive just acquired several hundred hand-drawn wargame chits.  Who made them for what?  I'm not sure.  These could be replacement chips for an existing game, or new chips for an existing game, or maybe chips for an entirely homebrewed game.  Who knows?  If you have any ideas please share.

Which leads us to the next topic:

We are halfway to a new scanner.  We need $140 more to get an over-sized scanner which will let us share images of stuff like these wargame chits.  You can paypal at ozark1 at hotmail dot com, or use a credit cared here.

Anything helps!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Micro-Fundraiser for the Archive

The Play Generated Map and Document Archive needs a flatbed scanner in order to catch up with imaging our large documents.  The Mustek A3 looks ideal, but at $270+shipping ($179 for a refurbished one) we need some money donated to make this possible.

Anything helps. As an enticement to donating each donor can suggest some helpful motto or encouraging phrase which will be marked on the scanner in marker or paint.
PayPal or use a credit card here. Thank you so much!

In other news we're going to start uploading to the archive site again regardless of the gallery software situation, hopefully everything will work out.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The State of the Archive, Another New Acquisition

So I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know that uploading to the archive has been hung up in 2014 because we seem to have reached the limitations of the gallery software we are using to manage the images.  When we upload we now sometimes bump other things offline, it's a little scary but we've been working on it and are test driving a new gallery this weekend.

Wish us luck.

And as long as I'm here I'll show you folks one of the many new donations from 2014.  These maps are about 18" x 24", an unusual size for homemade gaming products.  They were rolled with some Greyhawk maps and a couple of large battlemats.  We don't have a proper camera stand or even a real camera, documenting this sort of material will be a challenge.

Notice the mailing tube in the background of the wide shot, looks like it was dropped in a puddle.  Fortunately the contents were unhurt.