Over the last few months I have been chatting on and off (through the comments pages of my Man of TIN blog) to JenBurdoo, a librarian and gamer in the USA.
Jen has been interested, like other library staff around the world, in bringing historical figure gaming or wargaming or miniatures gaming into the library.
I know that this happens in Australia having read of such things in Kaptain Kobold’s The Stronghold Rebuilt blog.
I knew somewhere that I had filed away an old teaching or education newspaper article somewhere about something similar being done with fantasy gaming in libraries in Britain, partly to encourage boy’s literacy.
In the interests of this discussion and for those interested in the general history of fantasy gaming, I have scanned this Times Education Supplement (TES) article of February 23 2001, entitled WarofWords by Elaine Williams.
I am not a fantasy gamer. I am not really interested in the ups and downs, ‘love them or loathe them’ relationship with Games Workshop that many fantasy gamers seem to have.
I know that children playing with the ‘scary’ or ‘supernatural’ warlock and wizardry, demons and dragons, sorcery and spells side of fantasy games raises some concerns for some people.
Interestingly about the same timesavers the TES article, there was a brief correspondence in 2002 about a similar project linked to the Lord of the Rings films and a letter regarding comments in the article on a Christian or religious angle on Tolkien and fantasy games.
Please note that I, Man of TIN, does not wish to get into any religious arguments over reprinting this article on my blog and respects other people’s rights to their beliefs. Thank you.
I hope that these couple of articles are of interest to (fantasy) gamers and those involved with library gaming.
As someone who spent much time in branch libraries researching uniforms, battles, history and borrowing Wargames books, it must have done much for my literacy.
I hope that reading this article is of historical or current interest to some gamers.