If you live in the DC metro area, consider dropping by Labyrinth Games down in DC (near Eastern Market Metro stop) for the August 13 Gamerati Tour (Tour Stops: Saturday, August 13th). Gamerati is an organization developed by Ed Healy to try to build and link communities of game players. This month he is driving across the United States and stopping to showcase local game stores, their patrons, owners, and cultures. Ed explains his thoughts behind his tour at the tour site linked above. My own spin is that I think that he sees the building of strong community and social network ties helps expand interest and acceptance of different kinds of games and gamers, and this in terns offers commercial opportunities to stores and game producers. And everyone wins.
Well, I wish him much luck. I will be heading out of town that weekend, but anyone remotely interested in games, from Scrabble to Dungeons & Dragons, should head to Labyrinth Games to see what it is all about. The store is fantastic and the owner and employees are incredibly nice and knowledgeable. I should note that this is a store that is totally mom and kid friendly. Even if you haven't played a game for a long time, you will find yourself right at home (and probably playing a game before long) at this store.
I think Ed may be capturing some video to showcase the store and may also be doing some recording for podcasting, etc. I think the event will be interesting, and, if nothing else, you can pick up a fun new game and maybe meet some cool new folks you never met before. Wish I could be there. Give it a shot!