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Monday, 5th November, 2012, 12:07 PM #1
Hydra (Lvl 25)
Where would you put a D&D museum?
Inspired by a Facebook comment by Luke Gygax (and the ensuing discussion) I figured this was an interesting topic for discussion. Luke asked whether Lake Geneva was a special place to D&D gamers - for various reasons, including GenCon's birth, TSR's headquarters, and much more. However, other suggestions for a potential museum have included Indianapolis (the current home of Gen Con) and Renton (the current home of WotC) and Orlando in Florida (the current home of... Mickey Mouse?)
Most people in that discussion favoured Lake Geneva as a museum location. I personally favour Gen Con's current home, Indianapolis, because I feel that a museum's purpose isn't to be "appropriate" (it's not to be inappropriate, of course, either) but to bring its contents to people who would otherwise be unable to access them. That's why you get exhibits of Greek art and don't have to go to Greece to see them. And, similarly, I personally feel that a D&D museum's purpose is for the people and the fans - and they gather in their thousands in Indy every year. What a great addition to a vacation spent at Gen Con - a D&D museum, too!
I think it's especially suitable for those of us further away - I'm not likely to take an intercontinental vacation to Lake Geneva to see one museum, however great it is; but I would certainly see it if it were in the same town as Gen Con, which I'm able to travel to once every few years.
Others rightly pointed out that Gen Con was but once a year; and that's an excellent point.
What do you think?
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Monday, 5th November, 2012, 12:16 PM #2
Spellbinder (Lvl 16)
Orlando, FL - it is all about promoting the games and Orlando is a kid mecca. Think it would get more foot traffic and be more of an impact.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 12:20 PM #3
Hydra (Lvl 25)
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 12:32 PM #4
Magsman (Lvl 14)
Indianapolis seems like a good idea. I think you could expect a lot of visitors during GenCon.
Although saying that, how many at other times of the year? Maybe I should have thought a little more before voting.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 01:01 PM #5
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 01:14 PM #6
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
Back of my house. One I need the money. Two the amount of traffic would not increase. Three may get rid of the other weirdoes in the neighborhood.
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Monday, 5th November, 2012, 01:37 PM #7
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
I'll vouch for my hometown, Minneapolis, and here's why: modern roleplaying was born here, in Dave Arneson's hometown.
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etsi inusitati veniant, mors cedat.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 01:42 PM #8
Hydra (Lvl 25)
Museums are about bringing things to people that they wouldn't normally be able to see. They're there for the benefit of people. So IMO, we should put them where people are. In this case, put it where D&D players are so that they can benefit from it.
Last edited by Morrus; Monday, 5th November, 2012 at 01:50 PM.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 02:14 PM #9
Cutpurse (Lvl 5)
The sentimental choice is Lake Geneva. The practical choices are Seattle and Indianapolis.
Of the practical choices, I go for Seattle, as there are more roleplaying resources in that area. Someone interested in roleplaying could make it a theme trip. Indianapolis is only practical until GenCon moves again (although GenCon could set up an exhibit of roleplaying history every year).
The best possible outcome would be to have one in Lake Geneva, Minneapolis, Seattle, all tied to their part in D&D's history. I am not certain even small museums could be supported that way.
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Monday, 5th November, 2012, 02:15 PM #10
Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)
Lake Geneva. Really such a museum is a "destination" location; people go there for the museum, not what else is there. However, Lake Geneva is close enough to other places, so while it would not be in a more interesting place such as Indianapolis, it is a quick ride to other places.
My real question is...what would you put in it? 4E? Pathfinder? All rpgs?