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Vitalogue Game Jam this Sunday Oct. 22


BNGlab is please to announce a game jam in collaboration with Dialectic entitled "Vitalogue." Jammers will have the opportunity to explore the ethics of "substitutive decision making" in the healthcare system. As always, this is a chance to make a game to change the world. The event will be held on Sunday, October 22nd at the BGNlab from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
More information on the design challenge can be found here:



Brantford Mystery Hunt Registration

Welcome to the 2017 Brantford Mystery Hunt!

In Framed in the Past: The Tightrope Walker, teams of players will engage in a story based on events that took place 150 years in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

During this one-hour game, teams will work together to solve puzzles, visit student actors in downtown Brantford, and unravel the mystery of the disappearing tightrope walker through a narrative live-action puzzle-based adventure inspired by history.

There will be a Family and a Gamer track for the event.

The Family event is simpler, and is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Younger children can attend with their family, but may find the puzzles overwhelming. We do ask that all minors be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Gamer track is more intense, both in the story and in the challenges, and is not recommended for those under 16.

We will be starting 6 teams every half an hour between 1 and 3:30. There are 24 tickets available during each time slot. If you are with a group of about 4, you can stay as a team. If you are in a smaller group, then we may put you with other smaller groups. 

This game has been developed, staffed, and will be run by Laurier students from the Escape Room and Puzzle Design class taught by Dr. Scott Nicholson from the Game Design and Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario.

We are running this event as a fundraiser as part of the Laurier United Way fundraising efforts, so all proceeds will go to charity. We recommend a donation of $20/adult and $10/child to reserve a spot, but you can donate more or less to reserve a slot for the game.

We would like to thank the following people for their consultation during thie planning of this event:
Nathan Etherington and the Brant Historical Society
Errol Elumir and Manda Whitney from the Room Escape Divas
Stacey Hannem from the Criminology program at Laurier Brantford
Peter Farrugia from the Society Culture & Environment and History Programs at Laurier Brantford
Ken Lavender
Brantford Public Library

To sign up, visit

If you like Star Wars and Clue, then you can also engage with the Brantford Public Library's Star Wars Clue event on the same day!   You can learn more about that and sign up at


GameTalk - Andrea Cartwright

Come and learn about Escape Rooms!


On Oct. 5, 2017, at 7PM, the public is invited to GameTalk at the BGNlab!   The speaker is Andrea Cartwright, the CEO of Breakout Escape, which is an escape room facility that will be opening up in Brantford soon!   Here's a chance to learn a little bit about the behind the scenes of what goes on with Escape Rooms

This talk has been organized by the WLU Libraries and Michelle Goodridge.  

The BGNlab is in Grand River Hall.  A map and directions can be found here:



Seeking research sites

We are currently doing comparative research between games and information resources about Climate Change funded by the Government of Ontario.    We are seeking research sites between the GTA, KW, London, Niagara Falls, and all points between to visit in order to carry out our project.

Our goal is to have 18-30 year olds work through either a game or an information resource about climate change.  We'd are seeking places like libraries, museums, festivals, or other places where 18-30 year olds visit. 

What we need is a place for up to 10 people at the same time to sit and do a survey, work through a 20-minute activity on a tablet, and do another survey.  We'd like to be able to be in that space for at least 3 hours.   We are looking to do most of this research in October and November.

If you are at a location that could host us for a day to help us do research to see if we can change people's behavior around Climate Change issues, please contact Emily Flynn-Jones at 


Free Play Friday starting back up!

Now that the semester has started, it’s also time to get our Free Play Friday events up and going at the BGNlab.  This will be a weekly event, so you can plan on coming to the lab any Friday for a few games.

You are invited to come to the lab on Fridays from 3-6pm to play some games with us!   We have student volunteers who will be available to help you find games and other players for those games.

Please note – those 16 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.


For directions and more information, visit



Scott Nicholson