Another year has rolled around. This year, the Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors met in Lancaster, PA for a weekend of fun meeting friends, workshops, playing games, putting together puzzles, and a keynote talk by Herb Levy, of Gamers Alliance. Levy was presented with the Association’s Bradley-Parker Award, which is given to people who have made a major contribution to the world of games. He is a wonderful speaker and a delightful person.
Levy joins the award list that includes Lynn Pressman (Pressman Games), Sid Sackson (America’s most prolific game inventor), Francis Spear (the last generation to run England’s Spear & Sons), Victor Watson, CEO of Waddington Games (UK), and Bruce Whitehill (game historian and designer).
The convention is open to Association members and guests. Next year it will be held in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY, April 20 – 22, 2012. The theme will be Health, Horses and History. Will Shortz, the NY Times Crossword Puzzle editor, will receive the Association’s Sam Lloyd Award, given for outstanding contribution to the world of mechanical puzzles.
AGPC also puts out a great publication, The Quarterly, which members also receive. For more information on the Association visit their website at www.agpc.org
I have met so many people who tell me they aren’t “collectors”, but when I ask them “how many games do you have?” they say, “oh, a couple of hundred”! In my book, if you have more than a dozen games – you are a collector!!
The Association’s focus is researching and preserving the history of games and puzzles and the companies who make them. While a lot of work has been done on older games, and companies, now is the time to be collecting information about current games and companies so that future game and puzzlers have this vital information that is so much a part of our country’s cultural history. Don’t get the idea that the members are boring old researchers… they’re a fun bunch of people, meeting to celebrate the fun part of our lives – games and puzzles.
Why don’t you join us?