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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

For directions to the lab, visit


Decolonization Game Jam March 9

Open to the Public.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Seats are limited.  Register at


The act of appropriating a people, place, and/or domain for one's own use is a common theme in games. So-called 3x and 4x games—built around the pillars of exploration, expansion, exploitation, and extermination—encourage players to grow beyond their means, displace or dominate others for their own benefit, and even view nature and Indigenous peoples as a resource to be used or a nuisance to be exterminated.

This colonial mentality is also part of the history of this nation. Policies and laws such as the Indian Act encouraged similar kinds of behaviours we see in 3x/4x games as settlers engaged in exploration & expansion of what we have come to call Canada, displacing and/or claiming dominion over others; such acts were accompanied by the exploitation and extermination of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and land.

But while history cannot be rewritten, rules can be. Join us for the day (March 9th 9am-4:30pm*) as we explore efforts to decolonize Canada. Attendees will learn about the history of colonialism and decolonization from Jaydene Lavallie (Volunteer & Community Engagement Director, LSPIRG). This will be followed by deconstructing and reconstructing 3x/4x games such as Settlers of Catan and Small World, rewriting their rules to decolonize the games and in so doing encourage equitable, sustainable, and respectful behaviours towards other players, peoples, and lands.

* Lunch will be provided

When: March 9th, 9am - 4:30pm

Where: BGNLab (Grand River Hall, Room 201)

What: Decolonization game jam; lunch provided.


Free Escape Room

As part of the AERS2019 event, we have designed a Free Pop-up Escape Room.

It will run Monday, March 4 from 1-4pm in RCW.  It's a 10-minute game called "Easter Egg Hunt" appropriate for 1-4 players.



Playtest Friday

This Friday, February 1, we will be hosting our Playtest Friday at the BGNlab from 4-7 pm. 

Our first-year students have been developing micro card games and they are ready to show to the public!   It will be a chance to try many small games, each of which is designed to teach something in 20 minutes (and they only get to use 20 cards and 20 pieces to do it).

For more information about our Freeplay Friday events and directions to the lab, visit