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June 6, 2006 / jadettman

FindPlay and other such services

The concept behind FindPlay (presumably a site to assist gamers to find others) and other ‘services’ like it appeals to me. Helping people find like-minded gamers in their area to play with promotes the hobby and helps to build the important social networks that are necessary for the continued sustainability of the hobby.

Now, above I am presuming what FindPlay is because I’ve never been able to get it to work. Whenever I try to visit, the site seems to be broken and I have to wonder how often that is the situation for other people as well. Wouldn’t it be better if it worked?

What if ‘someone’ created a more stable way for gamers to network?

I’ve been thinking of creating a Networking Wiki that would allow gamers to find each other, regardless of their location in the world, or their gaming preference (of course, the gamer in question would have to have internet access). The problem with creating such a resource is, of course, convincing people to use it.

What would make the Wiki better than any other such resource?

Should the Wiki stand on its own or should it be connected to a site like RPG.net that already has a community of gamers?

How do you create a community for networking gamers without creating the perfect email-farm for spammers?

So many questions . . .

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