Should we make a #LevelUpBC Guild?
Those of us in the Level Up Book Club community have come together to share our enthusiasm for and knowledge of that new trendy thing called “gamification.” We’ve recognized that adding game elements into our curriculum can help promote student learning, and are searching for the best ways to do just that. (If you’re into gamification and you aren’t part of the LevelUpBC, you should seriously consider it.)
I’d also wager a large percentage of us enjoy playing games in our free time. What I’m wondering is whether or not there’s enough people interested in creating an actual gaming guild out of LevelUpBC members.
For an example of what I’m talking about, let me point you to <Cognitive Dissonance>. CogDis is a World of Warcraft guild founded by Lucas Gillispie and Peggy Sheehy, the same awesome people behind the WoW in School project that I’ve mentioned many times in my own gamification talks.
CogDis’ membership consists primarily of teachers who are also interested in playing games together. In the short time that I was a member of their guild (I no longer play Warcraft) I saw conversations about pedagogy and curriculum alongside gameplay strategies. We were all different people with different play styles, but we had a common love for games (in this case Warcraft) and education that made it a very fun community to be a part of.
I’d like to try for something like that outside of Warcraft, but nothing like this can be done if only one or two people are interested. Here’s the problems I see so far:
- Who’s interested? (None of this maters if enough people aren’t interested in trying this idea out. If the numbers are too sparse, than this has been nothing but an amusing writing exercise on my part.)
- What games? (Ideally a LevelUp guild would not be limited to a single game. We are a diverse group. Any game with enough of a following amongst LevelUp members could conceivably have a guild chapter. For example: right now I’m playing Neverwinter and City of Steam, which are both free to play. We could theoretically have a guild chapter in both games, as well as others in Rift, Riven, Star Wars, Star Trek or any of the many other MMO games that exist. Many of these follow the “free to play” model, so our teacher level salaries would not be an obstacle.)
- What name? (While I’d love to use the <Cognitive Dissonance> name, it is not mine to propose. Simplistically we could just call it <LevelUpBC>, though I’d personally prefer a name that fit more with the genre of the games being played.)
- Who would lead the guild(s)? (Most MMOs with guilds require a single character to sign the charter, regardless of whether the guild is run by a committee or not. I’ve been a guild leader in the past It was not a guild full of teachers, and quite frankly there was some drama that burned me out. I would be willing to be a guild leader or officer if needed, but would prefer to join a guild run by someone else.)
- How would things be organized? (Most guilds, particularly ones with chapters in other games, need some way to organize and collaborate outside of the game. This could be as simple as a Twitter hashtag or as complex as a forum like the one CogDis uses. I’d prefer simple over complex.)
If you’re interested in this little experiment, send me an email to me at theartguy [at] gmail.com. I’ll share a Google Doc with you where the details can be hammered out.