Re: [CAR-PGa] website for this group

On Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:16:07 -0800 (PST)
"'Ted Skirvin' via CAR-PGa: The Committee for the Advancement of
Role-Playing Games" <car-pga@googlegroups.com> wrote:

> I know we had a website for CAR-PGa. I'm sure I have not visited that
> site in about a year. I can't find it now. Was there an announcement
> about shutting it down because I don't remember any such message?
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The site is there, but looks like it might either be having a technical
issue, or may be having worse issues (php sites are notoriously insecure
without constant updating):

http://www.car-pga.org/
"Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by
(output started at /home/carpga/www.car-pga.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php:29)
in /home/carpga/www.car-pga.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php on line 1248"

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[CAR-PGa] website for this group



I know we had a website for CAR-PGa. I'm sure I have not visited that site in about a year. I can't find it now. Was there an announcement about shutting it down because I don't remember any such message?




Ted  

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Re: [CAR-PGa] Re: [new research project] RPG books in public libraries

If you really want to send me a list of ISBNs, I can make a quick survey for you the next time I'm at work and can add it to my query statistics. You'll need a more systematic method than randomly checking for titles you think might be popular, though. Honestly, the D&D 5e benchmark is probably not a bad one, but with something that popular I can't tell how many results are from international locations, academic libraries, &c. That makes it hard to extrapolate.

You could also try asking the American Library Association's Games and Gaming Round Table if they have any estimated statistics: http://www.ala.org/rt/gamert/role-playing-games

—Alan

On Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 11:17 PM, M. Alan Thomas II <m.alan.thomas.ii@gmail.com> wrote:
If your library offers access to the correct WorldCat interface (FirstSearch), you can look up the holdings of most of the libraries in the English-speaking world and beyond in a single search. If your library doesn't offer patron access but does have interlibrary loan (ILL) services, either a reference librarian/assistant or the ILL department will have access and can give you the number of libraries in the system that own any specific item.

For example:
ISBN 9780786965601 (D&D 5e PHB): 475 libraries plus a few dozen under variant entries
ISBN 9781556342370 (Bunnies & Burrows softcover): 2 libraries, but they're probably both phantom entries by cataloging services (in this case, Alibris and the Danish National Bibliography) rather than anyone's physical holdings

There are subject headings for things like "Dungeons and Dragons (Game) -- Rules." That returns 154 entries which you can sort by popularity. You get the idea.

—Alan

On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 10:51 AM, Wagner Luiz Schmit <wagner.schmit@gmail.com> wrote:
I am moving between countries now, and in Brazil usually the municipalities libraries catalogs aren't  online, so sorry. I am sure they must have something like old D&D or GURPS in my current city, but I had no time to go downtown yet, and I am not sure if I will be able to. 

In Japan people play in "clubs", usually at High Schools,Universities and community centers, because of the lack of space. So I really do not know if we can find TRPGs at libraries in Japan, maybe old "replays" (Books that consist of TRPG sessions transcriptions).

Isn't it better to launch an online survey about this? And didn't Wizards of the Coast had a program for libraries a couple of years ago?

All the best for you guys.

Wagner 

On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 9:59 AM, 'Ted Skirvin' via CAR-PGa: The Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games <car-pga@googlegroups.com> wrote:


Okay, today was the deadline and no one responded. Come on, folks. This is an easy thing to check. No one can contribute? 




On Monday, July 17, 2017 at 2:48:57 PM UTC-4, Ted Skirvin wrote:

Last October I was in Stamford, Connecticut and I stopped in the library downtown. On a whim I decided to see if they had any RPG books. There was one book for D&D 4th edition in their catalog. 

A few weeks ago I checked the library here in Marietta, Georgia. We have the Player's Handbook, Dungeonmaster's Guide and the Monster Manual for D&D 5th edition. 

So, for this research project, I'm asking everyone reading this message to check your local public library and see what they have. Search for anything related to RPGs. Then, reply right here in this thread. Depending on your library system, you may be able to search their catalog online from home. Let's set the deadline as 24 July 2017. 

I look forward to seeing what you come up with.



Ted Skirvin 

  

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