Welcome to the AGPI
The Association for Games & Puzzles International (AGPI), founded in 1985 by Bruce Whitehill, is the world’s foremost organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of games and puzzles.
As an international, nonprofit association, the AGPI is chartered to conduct research and explore the history of games and puzzles from ancient times up to the present, and to disseminate information about games and puzzles to the broadest audience possible, including the general public, the media, libraries, museums, scholars, and others. Games and puzzles offer a remarkable view of our cultural past and future!
AGPI members’ interests encompass all types of games, jigsaw puzzles, and mechanical puzzles, from all eras and from all around the world. Some of our members specialize in other pastimes and collect related playthings, from toys to tops, and from marbles to architectural blocks. Our membership includes a broad spectrum of individuals and expertise, from interested enthusiasts to novice collectors to some of the world’s most renowned historians, authors, and designers of game & puzzles. Many companies and institutions hold membership in the organization.
Originally known as the American Game Collectors Association (AGCA), the organization’s name was changed to the Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors in 1999 to reflect the broadened scope of its mission and its international nature.
(Updated January 2008 to reflect changes in the online AGPC email discussion list)
AGPI is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and visitors to the www.agpc.org website.
Collection and Use of AGPI Member Information
AGPI collects personal information about members, such as name, organization, address, telephone number, and email address. This information is used by AGPI in addressing postal mail to members containing official publications and business of the association. This information is also used by AGPI in addressing email to members and for contacting members by telephone or other means when performing official business of the association.
This information is included in the Membership Handbook & Directory along with any additional information voluntarily provided by the member regarding associated activities and interests. The Membership Handbook & Directory states that the information provided is for authorized use only. All members in good standing are authorized to use information
in the Membership Handbook & Directory solely for personal purposes that comply with the AGPI Code of Ethics and are consistent with the AGPI Charter and Bylaws.
Members may request that they not be listed in the Membership Handbook & Directory. Members may also request that specific information (such as name or address, or collecting interest) be omitted from the Membership Handbook & Directory. Any information in the printed Membership Handbook & Directory may be available on the AGPI website, and is provided thereby solely to members who are able to provide correct member user names and passwords.
Members may submit requests to the AGPI Board of Directors requesting authorization for using membership contact information when publicizing a nonprofit activity not sponsored by AGPI that is consistent with the AGPI Charter. The AGPI Board of Directors will review and determine the disposition of such requests.
AGPI does not sell, rent, or lease its membership information to third parties. AGPI may, upon review and authorization by the Board of Directors, contact members on behalf of external organizations regarding offerings that may be of interest so long as they are consistent with the AGPI Charter. In those cases, personal information (such as name, address, telephone number, email address) is not transferred to the third party.
AGPI may disclose member information if required to do so by law, such as by warrant or court order, or to protect the rights of AGPI and its property.
Collection and Use of Information on the AGPI Website
AGPI’s website, www.gamesandpuzzles.org, is oriented toward general audiences of all ages.
As with many websites, general connection information is automatically collected and logged when a user visits the AGPI website and browses its pages. This information may include the user’s IP address, web browser type and version, domain name, access time, and referring website address. This information is used by AGPI solely for preparing general statistics regarding access to the website and specific pages, and improving the utility of the AGPI website to members and other visitors.
Be aware that any information you post on AGPI’s public online forums may be available for subsequent access by any Internet user, and may be indexed by search engines that are not controlled by AGPI.
The AGPI website includes links to external websites that are controlled by other organizations and individuals. AGPI is responsible only for website content provided directly under the domain names of gamesandpuzzles.org and agpc.org. AGPI is not responsible for material provided on other websites.
Security of AGPI-Collected Information
AGPI protects the security of information provided and collected. AGPI maintains such information on computers that operate in a controlled, secure environment.
The AGPI website may use “cookies” to help personalize user access to the website. A cookie is a file stored on your hard disk when you visit certain web pages, and is used solely to store personalization information between your visits to the AGPI website. Cookies associated with the AGPI website can only be accessed by the web server hosting the AGPI domain and only when you visit an AGPI web page.
You may opt to accept or decline cookies within your web browser. Generally, browsers will accept them unless you intervene. If you choose to decline cookies, some features of the AGPI website may not operate as intended.
The AGPI can supply mailing labels to a member for publicizing a non-profit educational game- or puzzle-related activity that is not sponsored by the AGPI. The member should:
submit a written request specifying how and when the labels are to be used, and guaranteeing that the labels
will not be used in any other way;
ensure that the request reaches the AGPI President three (3) weeks before the date when the labels are needed; and
pay the AGPI a fee to cover handling and first class postage. The fee in 2011-2012 is $25. If costs change in the future, the Treasurer has the right to change the fee, without consulting the Board.
The President can approve all such requests, and transmit them to the person responsible for printing labels. For any other requests for labels, such as from non-members or for use for profit, the president shall consult the Board.
AGPI may obtain services from other companies, such as printing and mailing publications and processing transactions. AGPI provides those companies only the information they need to provide the contracted services. These companies are trusted to maintain the confidentiality of AGPI information and are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.
AGPI presently maintains relationships with 2checkout.com to provide services relating to the online payment of membership and other fees to AGPI and employs various contract printing services to print the AGPI Quarterly and the Membership Handbook & Directory, prepare mailing labels for official publications, and to submit postal mailings.
49 Brooks Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240 USA
AGPI Membership Benefits
Share your game and puzzle interests with collectors, dealers, researchers, preservationists, museums, players, puzzle solvers, designers, makers, authors, jigsaw puzzle cutters, and manufacturers who are among your fellow AGPI members!
The Game & Puzzle Quarterly covers member activities, contains feature articles and offers in-depth research information as well as international news and advertising.
The Annual Convention includes guest speakers, workshops and seminars, panel discussions, Show & Tell, an auction, and game buying and selling. The highlight of the year, the convention is filled with fun, camaraderie, and opportunities to learn and expand your collection and knowledge.
Regional and special meetings held in various parts of the world during the year encourage wider membership participation and often explore specific areas of interest.
AGPI provides online access to copies of instructions for thousands of games and a number of game and puzzle company catalogs. The Archives also houses research information, and books and articles written about games and puzzles.
Link up with other AGPI members via the Membership Handbook & Directory, the members-only Internet email mailing list, and members-only sections of our www.gamesandpuzzles.org web site.
AGPI Customer Service Information
Founded in 1985, the Association for Games & Puzzles International (AGPI), is the world’s foremost organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of games and puzzles. As an international, nonprofit association, the AGPI is chartered to conduct research and explore the history of games and puzzles from ancient times up to the present, and to disseminate information about games and puzzles to the broadest audience possible, including the general public, the media, libraries, museums, scholars, and others.
The AGPI provides a variety of membership benefits. These include a year’s subscription to the Association for Games & Puzzles International Quarterly (four issues each year), an annual convention and periodic regional events (requiring separate registration fees), a members-only exclusive email list, and a dedicated AGPI website, www.gamesandpuzzles.org.
Membership to the organization is paid on an annual basis. The AGPI does not provide refunds to members for annual membership fees already paid.
Members who have questions or related requests may submit them to the AGPI either by email to:
or by postal mail to:
49 Brooks Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240 USA
or by telephone to:
during customer service hours: 5 pm to 8 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
Please allow 2-4 weeks for responses
Join the AGPI today! … or Renew your current AGPI membership!
Please allow 6 weeks for AGPI to process your membership payment.
If you have any questions about your membership, please contact AGPI membership.
Platinum Memberships are for 1 year; and they include four AGPI Quarterly issues mailed to you via first class mail. Other benefits include full access to our online archive of past publications; and the opportunity to attend our annual convention and regional meetings with full member voting rights.
- Click here for 1 Year of Platinum Membership for United States addresses – $40
- Click here for 1 Year of Platinum Membership for Canadian addresses – $50
- Click here for 1 Year of Platinum Membership for Overseas addresses (outside USA and Canada) – $70
Gold Memberships are for 1 year; and they include access to four AGPI Quarterly issues ONLINE and six issues of On The Table newsletter Online. Other benefits include online access to 80+ selected past publications in our archive; and the opportunity to attend our annual convention and regional meetings. Other bennefits include access to our online blogs and forums.
Silver Memberships are for 1 year; and they include online access to six issues of the On The Table newsletter. Other bennefits include access to our online blogs and forums.
If you wish to make a charitable donation to the AGPI, you can give in five dollar increments. Remember, gifts by US citizens to the AGPI are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law, since we are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization recognized by the IRS.
2Checkout.com Inc. (Ohio, USA) is a payment facilitator for goods and services provided by the AGPI.
What are the benefits of AGPI membership?
- Share your interests with game players, puzzle solvers, collectors, researchers, preservationists, museums, companies, inventors, authors, and manufacturers who are among your fellow AGPI members!
- The AGPI Quarterly publishes information about member activities and includes feature articles, in-depth research information, and world-wide game and puzzle news.
- The Annual Convention includes guest speakers, expert workshops and seminars, panel discussions, “Show & Tell”, an auction, and game buying and selling.
- Regional meetings held in various parts of the country during the year encourage wider membership participation and often explore specific areas of interest.
- The AGPI’s Archives provides access to game and puzzle company catalogs and copies of instructions for thousands of games. The Archives also houses research information, and books and articles written about games and puzzles.
Note: AGPI has a business arrangement with 2CheckOut to process credit card payments. 2Checkout is an authorized retailer of the AGPI.