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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord for sale HERE

The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord is up and available for sale through the Square Marketplace here:

That site will be active until we get set up with the fulfillment folks.  Order soon and you can still get it in time for Christmas!  We also have the crazy Everything is Dolphins, the amazing Suffecool Deck of Many Things and benefit t-shirts.

Buy our books to help the archive do cool stuff.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Greatest Unreality

This is Nick.  I've played games with the guy, ate sandwiches with him, 

and presented alongside him at a conference.  He's a good dude.  
Anthropologist Nick Mizer, who you might remember from his guest post about The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord, is kickstarting a research project on D&D that might interest readers here. As he explains on the Kickstarter page, “Dungeons & Dragons is one of the most influential cultural developments in the last fifty years, and understanding that story can provide vital insights about the role of narrative and play in the modern world. By supporting this Kickstarter you will be a part of one of the most ambitious research projects into tabletop role-playing games yet completed.”

Supporting this type of academic research into gaming is one of the reasons we do what we do here at PlaGMaDA, and this looks to be an exciting project. That’s why we’ve decided to contribute to the Kickstarter with copies of Habitition as an add-on reward. You can learn more about Nick’s research at the Kickstarter page and check out some of his articles at and in this great interview here.  


A selection from The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord:
"Aeropagus the Cloaked and Japheth of the Mighty Staff" by Michael M. Hughes 

And don't forget that you can pre-order The Habitition of the Stone Giant Lord until October 26thish and get some pretty sweet add-on discounts on other stuff.