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Monday, 5th November, 2012, 01:07 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?
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 01:16 PM #2
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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, 01:20 PM #3
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Monday, 5th November, 2012, 01:32 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, 02:01 PM #5
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Indianapolis already has a Children's Museum. I could see a permanent D&D wing there, sponsored by GenCon/WotC/etc.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 02:14 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.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 05:35 PM #7
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
I don't know what kind of exhibits would be planned for a D&D museum or what they would cost to display. I suspect that what anybody wanting to establish one would have to do is think in a mercenary way - where can they come up with the funds to have a museum in the first place? Where might they have to put it to comply with the wishes of the benefactors?
Frankly, what may be more appropriate is a virtual museum with physical copies of the materials displayed stored by some kind of archivist or conservator. I doubt the Walworth County Historical Society would be all that interested. But the Wisconsin Historical Society might be - they have a pretty well regarded collection of American history including ephemeral materials. RPGs might be a pretty good adjunct to that sort of collection.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 07:01 PM #8
Novice (Lvl 1)
With all the arguments for Indianapolis, I would have to ask, what if the convention moves? I mean, that is what happened to Lake Geneva and Minneapolis. If GenCon were to move locations again, then all of the arguments for "that's where the gamers are" become a moot point. I say put it somewhere that has a strong tie in history, Lake Geneva. That's where it started pretty much.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 05:12 PM #9
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Museui should be where people are, or where they go. Lake Geneva is a bad answer for that reason. Seattle or Minneapolis make good locales. The Mall of America is an international tourist destination( not sure why) so it makes sense. Museums are about sharing history, so put it in a bigger city, with at least some connection to Tue game.
Monday, 5th November, 2012, 05:34 PM #10
Superhero (Lvl 15)
Actually I voted Lake Geneva, but I could understand wanting to have it mobile and perhaps intermittent for money reasons. Then it could just travel around and be at Cons.
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