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©2019 by IMOGAP.

Our Mission

Playing games is older than writing. The Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery seeks to reach a hand across every social, economic, and cultural boundary to engage other humans in structured play. We believe the exploration of ideas that are modeled by games and puzzles can produce common ground, encourage creativity, and enhance learning. We celebrate the aesthetic, historic and functional beauty of structured play and its components.

Our Service to the Community

IMOGAP provides inexpensive access to a shared meeting space, an expansive collection, and the collective knowledge of games and game theory by our volunteers. We are passionate about games and all the benefits they provide; from education, cognitive development, socialization and the refinement of “soft skills”, to the empowering of individuals to make friends and become a part of a larger, diverse community.

Our History

The Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery was founded in 2010. IMOGAP (Eye-Moe-Gap), the only interactive gaming museum of its kind in the United States, has been a 501(c)(3) registered public charity since January 2012. In May 2013, the museum officially opened its doors and access to a library of 1,500 games, to the public. Now in 2019, the museum has expanded to over 7,000 games and puzzles and welcomes over 5,000 visitors annually.

IMOGAP…

… Brings the Community Together

  • Family Game Nights We recognize that sharing time together strengthens family bonds by building trust, practices positive communication, and makes happy memories. The scheduled activity of “disconnecting to reconnect” encourages families to take a break from our solitary experiences with digital devices, to instead spend time face-to-face, talking to each other, playing and enjoying each other’s company. Discounted admission makes for an inexpensive outing and families make up 60% of the museum’s visitors.

  • Building Friendships Gaming hobbyists, those with a commitment and passion for games, come to IMOGAP to interact with other gamers and see themselves as part of a larger community. We serve this community by hosting themed game nights, tournaments, discussion groups, and designer workshops. The museum has drawn visitors from 38 states and more than a dozen foreign countries.

  • Game Development The museum helps fill the need of training new game developers with workshops that survey existing games and design principles from our extensive collection, provide instruction and materials for the game design process, and give new designers a platform for exploring ideas, playtesting mechanics, and networking with already published developers.

  • Volunteer Opportunity IMOGAP encourages hobbyists to share their love of games. Volunteer opportunities are open to help maintain the collection, play with others, and organize special play days.

  • Community Partnerships Our volunteers seek out events with other groups to engage the community with gaming. We have established ongoing partnerships and events throughout the Pacific Northwest with community libraries, schools, youth and special needs organizations, museums, fairs and conventions.

… Creates Affordable Access to a Space and a Collection

  • Affordable Admission IMOGAPs mission is to reach a hand across every social, economic, and cultural boundary to engage other humans in structured play. All-day admission ($5 for adults) also includes discounts for young children, seniors, families and large groups.

  • Play Space It is important for communities to have informal gathering places that offer a reprieve from the worries associated with work and home. IMOGAP is unique, as it is the only board game museum in the United States, it is a community space that promotes play. Our affordable admission to the museum gives visitors unlimited access to nearly all of our extensive collection of games without the added expectation of purchasing product.

  • Expansive Collection The museum features a library collection of more than 7,000 games from different eras and all over the world. IMOGAP is continuously bringing in new games to its library; providing access to specialty games that would not otherwise be available to the average gamer. These might be games with a limited availability due to small production runs, exclusive content for collectors, or games priced out of the average gamer’s budget.

… Shares Expert Knowledge of Games

  • Teach & Facilitate the Playing of Games Our volunteers have an extensive background in games and game theory. They provide personalized recommendations for games based on requirements of player abilities, mechanics, themes, or length of play time. Many of the volunteers also run special gaming sessions to teach visitors new games to play.

  • Exhibits Display cases within the museum provide information and access to the rare or historical games with fragile materials that can’t endure being handled. Specialized exhibits rotate content to feature themes of history, variety, usefulness, or the process of game development.

  • Presentations As an authoritative resource on the history of games and game-crafting, IMOGAP is regularly invited to present in local events and expos. Some of these events include featuring Native American games in the anthropological living museum at the Oregon Country Fair; presenting a “Five Games Over Five Millennia” panel at Emerald City Comic Con; and exhibiting at the Penny Arcade Expo.

The People of IMOGAP

Staff

  • Kyle Engen, Steward of Research

  • Carol Mathewson, Steward of Operations

  • Sam Engen, General Manager

  • Matthew Mulvey, VP of Innovation

Board of Directors

  • Scott Comstock

  • Matthew Kimble

  • Brian Koch

  • Timothy Storey

  • Shauna McKain-Storey

  • Meredith Cook

Why Games?

Games provide a sense of play with challenges, rules for success, and rewards for achievement. From the beginnings of early childhood until the late years of our lives, games help teach and retain critical cognitive skills, strengthen trust and communication in our relationships, and enrich our lives with the joy of play.

Games Educate

Mixing games with learning heightens our emotion and engagement, making the experience fun and entertaining while increasing our interaction and focus. Game-based learning also allows players with different levels of skills to participate in the same learning activity. Players with lower skill levels can make guesses based on common sense and intuition, while players with a higher skill set can rely on more complex strategies. Studies routinely support that games improve early childhood development, reduces the risk of cognitive decline, and is an effective tool used in education.

Games Connect

Playing games is a social experience that empowers individuals to make friends and become part of a larger community. Playing a game can break down the barriers of social awkwardness by providing a platform, with a pre-established set of rules, to interact with others. Games build trust and communication skills, that over time strengthens relationships and reduces loneliness and depression. Role-playing games, specifically, are a highly effective tool to teach empathy by encouraging players to identify and relate to individuals different than themselves. Teaching empathy reduces prejudice, racism, bullying and boosts relationship satisfaction. Sportsmanship and competition, important social functions of games, teaches players to consider fairness, respect of others, cope with loss, and confront our insecurities of facing challenges.

Games Entertain & Convey Ideas

Playing games is an important part of healthy human development and lifestyle. Games invite us to explore our creativity and share innovative new ideas by offering choices and the possibility of multiple outcomes. Using the mechanics of games, we can safely test, explore and experiment with our ideas. The playful nature of games nurtures a sense of trust, free from catastrophic consequences, for further creative expression and exploration. As a player, we are expected to project ourselves into the scenario, creating a relatable connection between the us (the player) and the message being conveyed by the game. Through gameplay, the experiences of games can convey complex concepts about people, environments, and societal issues.