Though their name may make you think of the Illuminati, the Gamerati is not a super-secret organization bent on world domination. Well, maybe they are. But they’re not interested in taking over the *whole world* – just the roleplaying communities. To that end, Gamerati member Ed Healy has been on a nationwide tour of game stores, conventions, and tournaments spreading the word and just trying to meet and talk to as many gamers as possible. The fact that the tour also happens to be connecting gamers to stores they may not have known about in their own back yards is just gravy!
If you don’t know who the Gamerati are, they’re a group of gamers encouraging roleplaying through a variety of efforts. Want to listen to an online gaming radio station? They have one of those called War Pig Radio. Do you like reading reviews, opinions, interviews, and more from the gaming community? Check out Game Cryer. Or maybe you’re just interested in Woot-style deals on gaming swag? Check out Loot.
And if that’s not enough, they also have an advertising network for game publishers to help get their message to the right audience. That’s actually how I “met” Ed initially – he helped me get the word out about Game Knight Reviews online through their ad network. And though I spoke to him on the phone a few times, I’m kind of geeked up to meet him in person when he comes to my home town of Colorado Springs, Colorado next weekend!
It’s really amazing how much ground Ed has already covered on the Gamerati Tour across America. Looks like they’re planning on covering 15,000 miles or more on this road trip, which is insane. And as they say on the site – “15,000 miles is a lot of ga$” – so donate if you can. I’ve put $50 in the kitty, so hopefully that will cover most of a tank for their trip to Colorado Springs. 🙂
Next Saturday, September 10, 2011, Ed’s coming to Petrie’s Family Games from 4pm until 6 or 7. If you want a unique opportunity to say hi, pick his brain, and share your passion for gaming you should stop on by! Please plan on coming out and supporting Cameron’s store and the Gamerati Tour!
If you want to follow Ed’s tour across the United States, check out the following links:
One of the best parts about gaming is meeting new folks, so I hope you come on out to visit if you’re a Colorado Springs gamer! (And if you’re a Denver gamer, keep in mind we’re only 60-90 minutes south of you – we’d love to meet you too!)
- Gamerati Tour at NYC’s Compleat Strategist This Thursday from The Mule Abides (muleabides.wordpress.com)
- bySwarm at the Gamerati Tour 2011 stop in Urbana, IL from bySwarm RPG Blog (posterous.byswarm.com)
- Spread the word. from The Douchey DM (doucheydm.com)