We’re Full!

With more than 2 months before Gaming week all 22 slots are now filled. Most of the attendees are kids returning from last year which is a statement in itself. We’re very excited and looking forward to another fun filled week this August.

Note – Some people haven’t paid their deposits yet so drop us an e-mail at info@gamingweek.info if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case anyone drops out.

Put Down the Smartphone, Board Games Are Cool Now


What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the words “Dungeons and Dragons”? Some guys covered in Cheeto dust, wearing glasses and wizard hats, sitting in their basements playing cards: a small contingent of devoted nerds?

That stereotype is changing.

Sales of tabletop games (including cards, board games, and role-playing games) at hobby stores have jumped 15 to 20 percent for the last three years in a row, according to a recent report from ICv2. In New York City, a few business owners are hoping to get gamers to their brick-and-mortar stores where people can play hundreds of games.

Forget Scrabble and Monopoly (though yes, they have those too); we’re talking Cards Against Humanity and Settlers of Catan.

The owners of these businesses say people of all stripes are showing up to play: tatted up skaters, couples on a date, local librarians, college students, and even hardcore fans of Magic: The Gathering.

How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving


Image credit: Paulo OrdovezaLast month, Scientific American declared “…“not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” A nod from a top science magazine to the game many parents wish their kids had never heard of. This, following Common Sense Media’s seal of approval.  On the surface, it’s not so surprising. Something like 80% of five-to-eight year-olds play games and 97% of teens. Early simulations likeReader Rabbit are still used in classrooms to drill

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Gaming Week 2014 Brochure

Got our brochure ready for the Williamstown Elementary School PTO Camp Fair this weekend. Here it is in PDF format;


Gaming Week 2014 – August 4th – 8th

We will returning to Williamstown Elementary School this summer the week of August 4th – 8th.  9 AM – 4 PM

More Minecraft, More Board Games, More Challenges. It’s Gaming Week 2.0!

Also, we will be at the Williamstown Elementary School Camp Fair this Saturday March 22 from 9 AM – 12 PM with brochures. Swing by and pick one up and enjoy the WES PTO Pancake breakfast while you’re there.

We’ll have our website updated with new registration information by Saturday morning as well.

Yes we will be back next summer

We haven’t picked the dates yet or signed any official forms yet but our plan is to do at least one week, maybe two, next summer, hopefully at the same location.

We had a blast and from what the attendees and parents told us, so did everyone else.

Stay tuned for more information, or drop us a line if you have specific questions.

Gaming Week coming up fast

Our dining room table this morning.

Our dining room table this morning.

Thought you might want to see what our dining room table looked like this morning. We’re gathering all the games we think folks might want to play next week and brushing up on the rules.

Gaming Week – July 22 – 26

Dear Gaming Week Participant & Parents,

We’re less than one week away from our first day! We’ve been planning this for months so it’s hard to believe this will really be happening soon. We’ve got lots of plans for different Minecraft challenges & lessons, have a bunch of outdoor games planned, and we also have a big stack of board games we can’t wait to play.

The main purpose of this letter is to just get some official information out to you about when & where Gaming Week is taking place and what we’ll need on the first mornings drop-off.

  • Location – Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church Street, Williamstown, MA 01267 ( http://www.williamstownelementary.org/ ). We’ll be using the computer lab & the cafeteria, both located on the first floor. It will probably be easiest to use the entrance off the parking lot off of School Street.

  • Dates & Times – July 22 – 26, 2013 – 9 AM – 4 PM.  Drop-off can take place as early as 8:45 AM and we would appreciate it if everyone could be picked up by 4:15 PM at the very latest. We will have an adult at the door during drop off & pick up times. These doors will be locked so if you ever need to pick up your child at another time please call us at 413-344-3834.

What to bring

  • Snacks & Lunch – We expect all attendees to bring a snack and a lunch. There will be a refrigerator available to store lunches if necessary. If your child might need a snack in ther afternoon before 4 PM please include that as well.

  • Minecraft Account information – Your child should have their own Minecraft account and should know their login information (username/e-mail address & password). If you don’t want your child to know the account password then please contact us. If you don’t have a minecraft account and wish to use one ours please let us know.

  • Board Games (optional) – If theres a particular board game your child REALLY likes and wants to share with others they are welcome to bring it with them.

  • Laptop Computer (optional) – If you want to play Minecraft on your own laptop you are welcome to bring it with you, but since we will now be using the schools computer lab this is not necessary. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing a laptop.

First day drop-off Information Needed –

  • Emergency Contact / Important Info Form – We will need parents to fill out a short form with contact information and any medical information (allergies, etc) we might need to know about.

  • Acceptable Use Policy – Since we’ll be using the schools computers (Macs) attendees will need to sign a copy of the ‘Williamstown Public School Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy’  ( http://www.williamstownelementary.org/subsite/dist/page/acceptable-use-policy-302 )

  • Payment – We would like the remaining balance paid of your registration paid by check on the first morning drop-off. For most of you this will be $150 since you paid the $75 registration deposit initially. If you wish to pay by Paypal or credit card please contact me and I’ll make arrangements for that.

Survey – If possible we’d love to have the attendees answer a few short questions in an online survey here: https://gamingweek.info/survey . This should only take a few minutes and will greatly assist us in planning this week.

If you have any questions please reply to this e-mail or call us at 413 884-1111

We look forward to meeting you next week

-Emily & Matthew Baya


Don’t Kill Sheep If You Have Shears: “Minecraft” Lessons For Entrepreneurs

Just read this fun article on Fast Company about some business lessons one can learn from playing Minecraft


Gaming for a better world

A friend just mentioned on Facebook she was attending a lecture by Jane McGonigal talking about the social benefits of Gaming. I googled her name and found these two TED talks that look really interesting.