Today was the first day of Who’s Yer Con, a free convention at the Wyndham West in Indianapolis. This convention promotes all types of gameplay with areas focused on board games, role playing games, game events like True Dungeon, and so much more. I enjoyed watching folks as they sat around tables, playing a game for the first time or for the 100th. I liked the fact that each table promoted the game it was playing by making sure the box was visibly propped up so folks walking through could quickly make it out. I especially liked the signs on some tables stating they were “Looking for Players”.
I’m not sure if the “Looking for players” sign is exclusive to the gaming community, but I have to say that I love it. People want to play a game, but they don’t have enough folks to start, so they grab the sign and place it on their table and wait for a few minutes. After a short time, people come over and sit down to play and they are all on their way to adventure. I realized that there wasn’t any judgment, exclusion, or folks changing their mind and taking down the sign. It was just a welcoming experience to anyone who wanted to fill the slot needed, no matter the experience, gender, race, etc. After watching some games get the players they needed, I wondered if the world would be a better place if we all had “Looking for players” signs. No preconceived notions or bias about others, no snap judgments about someone’s character, no discrimination. Just a chance to welcome others to the game we want to play and find like minded people who enjoy the things we want to accomplish.
That would be a pretty cool world to live in.