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These Gamers Built An App To Help You Find Local Gaming Events, Clubs & Groups

We’re counting down the days until International Tabletop Day 2018, happening this year on April 28th! As we get closer to the big day, we’ll be looking at the gamut of tabletop gaming, from the stories of the games we play to remarkable people who love them. Be sure to join in on the fun on April 28th on our official ITTD Twitch Stream, hosted by Ivan van Norman and donate to charity:water, the worthy cause we’re supporting this year.

Living in this current Golden Age of board games means more games, more players, and more ways to find each other. Gone are the days of hanging out at the local Game Keeper, reading handwritten index cards filled with information on players looking for games. Nowadays, gamers can turn to social media and various community sites to find each other, but even these resources aren’t always reliable.

That’s where GameFor comes in. Now available on iOS and Android, the GameFor mobile app connects gamers to game stores, events, and each other. It also supports gaming groups and clubs, and over 6,000 game stores worldwide.

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Designed by a group of six gamers who work for Milk Can Dev & Design Studio, a mobile app development and design studio based in Appleton, Wisconsin, Game For hopes to make life easier for finding like-minded gamers.

“We’re a small team of six tabletop gamers that make mobile apps and websites for business clients of all stripes,” designer Adam Loper said. “Through our personal experiences, we found there are real difficulties in finding game events, gaming groups and clubs, and even gaming stores in your local area. We decided to put our know-how to good use by helping to build the local tabletop community.”

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Originally conceived as a way to find local players to play casual games of Star Wars: X-Wing, GameFor soon became a full-fledged product and was launched last December. It’s been updated regularly ever since. “As gamers, we wanted all the features to be in the app from the beginning, but as designers and developers making a software product, we knew that we couldn’t have every idea we’d ever had in the app on launch, as it would cause enormous delays,” Loper said.

GameFor hopes to meet the needs of gamers that online resources such as Meetup andBoard Game Geek can’t meet.

“We are hoping to bring together the best parts of event and player discovery into one cohesive platform that is focused on all tabletop gamers,” Loper said. “Finding gaming groups, events or even other gamers who like to play BattleTech games should be easier than scouring tons of forums, websites, and store cork boards.”

It’s not surprising Loper would want to connect gamers, and even before GameFor he’s successfully run a miniature wargaming YouTube channel, Tabletop Minions, under the moniker Atom Smasher, and cultivated a community around the content. The channel recently hit 80K subscribers, and he continues to post regular content today.

Whether you’re looking for a local store, some organized play events, a gaming group or even an International Tabletop Day event to join, GameFor is an app that can help you with that.

What are your favorite gaming apps? Tell us in the comments! And be sure to join us on April 28th on Twitch for our International Tabletop Day stream hosted by Ivan van Norman, and help us support charity:water to raise money for a project to get water to a community of people who currently lack access to clean water. 

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Image Credits: GameFor

Ruel Gaviola is a writer based in Southern California. He loves board games, books, cooking, traveling, Star Wars, and date nights with his wife. He reviews games and reports news for iSlaytheDragon, podcasts with The Five By, and his name rhymes with Superman’s Kryptonian name. Follow him on Twitter and read his blog here.

 

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