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Designer Day - Oct 26th

On Saturday, Oct. 26th, we will have a "Designer Day" at the BGNlab from 10am-4pm.

The goal of this day is to give game designers a chance to come with games they'd like to have playtested.  These can be board games, card games, escape room puzzles, computer games, or any other kind of game.

You don't have to have a game to come - playtesters are the valuable people for this day, so you can come to explore new games and provide feedback.   

The overarching policy is that if people playtest your game, that you are then willing to playtest their game.  We can't guarantee playtesters, and we ask that game designers come with the mindset of playtesting two other games for every playtest they run of their own game.

There is no cost to attend, and it is a drop-in event.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Escape Room Public Event

The students in the Escape Room and Puzzle Design class have been busy at work creating eight different 20-minute escape games, and will be running their games for the public on Saturday, November 16th in Grand River Hall.

The name of the event is "A Moment in Time," and each of the games is based around a specific historical moment.  During the 20-minute game, players ages 12 and up will work in teams of 2-6 to explore the moment and may either preserve or change history.  The rooms will run every half hour.   We will request a $5 cash donation per player per room to cover costs. 

(Note - we are seeking a sponsoring organization to defray these costs; if you know of an organization interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Nicole Clarkson at

Players can sign up ahead of time.  Players can also sign up for empty slots or stand by on the day of the event.

To sign up, visit this Google Document:

Questions?   Reach out to Professor Scott Nicholson at . 


Seeking design instructors for 2019-2020

We are hiring several instructors for the upcoming academic year to teach in our Game Design and Development program in Brantford, and currently are accepting applications.  In all of these classes, we have a common theme, and that is creating games that convey values.  If you have experience with sound design, visual design, Gamemaker, HTML5, or Unity in creating games, then consider applying for one of these positions to help our students make pro-social games to change the world!

All applications are due by July 29, 2019, and the list can be found here

Here are links to each class:
Visual Design for Games  (2D/3D Design)

Sound Design for Games (PreSonus)

Introduction to Digital Game Development (Gamemaker)

Web Game Development (HTML5)

Advanced Digital Game Development (Unity)

Mobile Game Development (Unity / Android)

If the above direct links don't work, you can find the positions by starting here and selecting Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. 






Behind the Scenes at the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship

Last week was the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship in London, England.   

On Wednesday, April 24 from 6-8pm in the BGNlab, you can learn about what when on, the design process, see some footage, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from the event.  This event is open to the public.   Information on visiting the BGNlab is here.

The narrative and challenges for this event were designed here in Brantford at the BGNlab by Scott Nicholson and a team of Wilfrid Laurier Students - Shannon McDowell, Robert Durant, Eden Snelgrove Ribovski, Gregory Edgar, Jelena Vulic, Stephan Reilly, Son Le, Austin Lee, Emily Flynn-Jones, Scott Nicholson, Kaelan Dunbar, Edward Copping, Chris Tenuta.

The talk was recorded, and here is the video of the talk:


Game of the Year Fair on April 5

On Friday, April 5th, join us for our Game of the Year Fair! 

We will be celebrating our top games created by students throughout the year in our annual end-of-year event. 


From 5-7pm in the BGNlab, all are invited to come and see these great new games designed to change the world for good!

Our special guest game designer judges are:

Daryl Andrews, President, Maple Games
Sen-Foong Lim, Game Designer
Shannon McDowell, Red Bull Research Associate

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