Episode 326 – the community of games
by Dan Repperger

* (0:51) Explaining what “local” means in the suburban sprawl of the St. Louis metro area, which has roughly 1/4th the population of the Los Angeles metro area, but covers almost twice as much land.

* (1:20) The Fear the Boot Blood Bowl leagues are forming!  You can find all of the information you need on both the beginner and advanced leagues on the forums.

* (3:34) The video game, Smite, gets us thinking about the culture surrounding various video games, board games, and roleplaying games.  How that culture flavors your entire experience with a game.  Two articles on the professionals brought in to clean up League of Legends’ community.

* (17:35) Ways for controlling the type of community you play with.

* (25:22) Creating community in games that require little or no social interaction.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John

Comments (5)

sbonnerJanuary 8th, 2014 at 11:29 pm

The St. Louis metro area supposedly stretches all the way to Sullivan? Seriously? I grew up around Sullivan (St. Clair elementary, Bourbon high school), and there’s nothing St. Louis about it! IMO, I’d say the greater St. Louis area stops just past Six Flags. Further out than that, the St. Louis influence is no longer relevant.

HalJanuary 9th, 2014 at 6:42 am

I went to high school in Freeburg, so I appreciate this. When downtown is 30 minutes or less away, there’s this feeling of being “right there.” Making that trip regularly, however, starts to wear down on you.

It’s very similar here in Baltimore. Everything seems compact because of all the interstates, but my gaming group is 45 min. from end to end (worse if you have traffic.) It becomes difficult for us to gather at times just because travelling to meet is so significant.

DanJanuary 9th, 2014 at 9:44 am

Scott, that’s the Census Statistical Area. Obviously that doesn’t make it automatically right, but it’s not something I chose arbitrarily. And I’d presume whatever standards they’re applying to St. Louis they’re also apply to other CSAs. For example, the one for New York city CSA includes large swaths of New Jersey.

DanJanuary 9th, 2014 at 10:11 am

I guess my point being that I agree it’s generous, but it’s apples-to-apples generous. Even granting the same things to other CSAs, St. Louis is still one of the largest sprawls in the nation.

sbonnerJanuary 9th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I wasn’t criticizing the measure you chose. It’s the one that makes sense for comparison, and the one I would have chosen as well. Apples to apples, as you said. It’s just flabbergasting that the statisticians would draw the boundaries so far out. Makes me wonder what the criteria are for these things.

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