A Couple Questions Raised by Readers of the Last EntryQ: Is “The Initiative to Start Chicagoland Role Playing & Strategy Gaming Not-for-Profit or Nonprofit” the name of the organization?
A: No. In fact, there is no organization to speak of. This blog and me are the closest things get for an organization at this time.
I gave this stage a name because it needed one. I gave it this particular name because it provides an apt description of its purpose at this point in time, despite its lack of elegance.
I fully expect that once the actual not-for-profit/nonprofit becomes established, it will have a different and possibly more elegant name. For all I know, the name of the current informal stage could change. Changing the name might even be the first order of business, for all I know.
Q: Where in the process is this initiative and its establishment of the not-for-profit or nonprofit?
A: This initiative is at its very beginning. The best description of this stage would probably be the market research stage.
My first three concrete goals for the Initiative are:
- Gauge the level of demand for a not for profit/nonprofit in the Chicagoland area that creates a community of role players and strategy gamers, provides benefit to this Community, promotes the interest of this Community in wider society and tries to perpetuate the Community by attracting the serious interest of wider society
- Find out the benefits members of the Chicagoland Gaming Community want from this type of organization
- Figure out fundraising issues without consideration of expenses or the acceptance of any funds (I expressly do not want to accept any funds until fiduciary responsibility is figured out fully)
Since this will be a product of Community made up of role-playing and strategy gamers, I even want ideas contrary to mine introduced and discussed. If the organization doesn’t meet my vision and it still fits the needs of the Community, I’ll be happy.
Once the ideas reach the point of execution, we can starting dotting I’s and crossing T’s.
List of Considerations and TasksThrough discussion of the above with others and some thought of my own, I’ve created the following tasks for consideration to accomplish my three concrete goals:
- Check out Wizards of the Coast & White Wolf Websites to locate local gaming groups (strongly considering)
- Set up online messaging group for discussion using Google Groups or Yahoo Groups (is this something that would attract your attention and something you would use, or is this blog enough? Please let me know by commenting to this entry)
- Make up business cards to pass out at cons and any other encounters with interested prospects (strongly considering)
- Reach out to commercial organizations in Chicagoland: Galactic Force and Chicagoland Games (strongly considering – I’m sure there are other commercial organizations out there; tips, anyone?)
- Reach out to commercial gaming companies, like Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games, Rio Grande Games, etc. (strongly considering)
- Reach out to Chicago RPG Meet Up group and area Chicagoland Meet Up groups (strongly considering)
- Set up in-person meetings to discuss issues and possibly plan (very strongly considering)
I’m a busy guy, and this initiative isn’t my highest priority. It’ll be great if everything comes together and everything, but I’m not aggressive enough to make it happen tomorrow on my own. Motivated active volunteers would be much appreciated.
Thoughts? Ideas? Comments? Feedback? Responses? Please comment.