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Saturday
Oct222016

Papers presented at Meaningful Play 2016

Scott Nicholson was recently at the peer-reviewed Meaningful Play 2016 conference, held in Lansing, Michigan.

 

While there, he presented two papers and exhibited his Breakout EDU game, Ballot Box Bumble, at the Game Expo.

His first presentation was the highlights of his 2015 survey of Escape Rooms.   This paper for the conference is:
Nicholson, S. (2016). The State of Escape: Escape Room Design and Facilities. Paper presented at Meaningful Play 2016. Lansing, Michigan.

However, the entire white paper with more results from the survey can be found at Nicholson, S. (2015). Peeking behind the locked door: A survey of escape room facilities. White Paper available at http://scottnicholson.com/pubs/erfacwhite.pdf

His Breakout EDU game, Ballot Box Bumble, can be found at http://www.breakoutedu.com/more-games/

Finally, his paper on the Ask Why model, designed to help escape rooms create more consistent experiences through improving the narrative, can be found at 

Nicholson, S. (2016). Ask Why: Creating a Better Player Experience Through Environmental Storytelling and Consistency in Escape Room Design. Paper presented at Meaningful Play 2016, Lansing, Michigan.

More of his papers and talks can be found at the Publications & Presentations link on this site.

Edit:
He won the award for Best Non-Digital Game at the juried game expo for his learning game inspired by escape room design concepts.



Sunday
Oct162016

Freeplay Fridays from 3-6pm

We are trying a new regular event - every Friday through October and November, we will have Freeplay 

 

There are directions for getting to the lab at http://bgnlab.ca/visiting/

 

While families are welcome, we do ask that a guardian stay with anyone who is underage.

 

Freeplay Friday Information

Freeplay Fridays are events where we invite the community to come and play games with the students and staff of the Brantford Games Network.  Different Fridays will feature different types of games.  There may be special talks or workshops as well.  While there, look around for people with a white lab coat if you have questions.

These events are held at the BGNlab, which is on the ground floor of Grand River Hall.  The easiest parking is at the Parkcade in downtown Brantford on iComm drive by the OLG Casino.  To get to the BGNlab, go to the 4th floor of the Parkcade and cross the pedestrian bridge to downtown.  Look to the left as you cross for the room with board games in the window, and that's the BGNlab.  You may need to come inside Grand River Hall to enter the lab.

Please note the following policies:

  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for these events. 
  • You will be asked to sign in when you come to the event.
  • Attendees are liable for games they are playing.
  • Covered drinks are allowed in the BGNlab, but food should be eaten in the outside BGNlounge.  
  • WLU reserves the right to ask attendees to leave for rude or unruly behavior.  Play nice!
Wednesday
Sep142016

Freeplay Friday, Sept. 16, 2-5pm

On Friday, Setp. 16th, we will be opening up the BGNlab for a board game afternoon from 2-5pm. 

 

There are directions for getting to the lab at http://bgnlab.ca/visiting/

 

While families are welcome, we do ask that a guardian stay with anyone who is underage.

 

Freeplay Friday Information

Freeplay Fridays are events where we invite the community to come and play games with the students and staff of the Brantford Games Network.  Different Fridays will feature different types of games.  There may be special talks or workshops as well.  While there, look around for people with a white lab coat if you have questions.

These events are held at the BGNlab, which is on the ground floor of Grand River Hall.  The easiest parking is at the Parkcade in downtown Brantford on iComm drive by the OLG Casino.  To get to the BGNlab, go to the 4th floor of the Parkcade and cross the pedestrian bridge to downtown.  Look to the left as you cross for the room with board games in the window, and that's the BGNlab.  You may need to come inside Grand River Hall to enter the lab.

Please note the following policies:

  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for these events. 
  • You will be asked to sign in when you come to the event.
  • Attendees are liable for games they are playing.
  • Covered drinks are allowed in the BGNlab, but food should be eaten in the outside BGNlounge.  
  • WLU reserves the right to ask attendees to leave for rude or unruly behavior.  Play nice!
Monday
Aug222016

Freeplay Friday on Aug 26, 1-5

On Friday, August 26, we will be opening up the BGNlab for a board game afternoon from 1-5pm. 

 

There are directions for getting to the lab at http://bgnlab.ca/visiting/

 

While families are welcome, we do ask that a guardian stay with anyone who is underage.

 

Freeplay Friday Information

Freeplay Fridays are events where we invite the community to come and play games with the students and staff of the Brantford Games Network.  Different Fridays will feature different types of games.  There may be special talks or workshops as well.  While there, look around for people with a white lab coat if you have questions.

These events are held at the BGNlab, which is on the ground floor of Grand River Hall.  The easiest parking is at the Parkcade in downtown Brantford on iComm drive by the OLG Casino.  To get to the BGNlab, go to the 4th floor of the Parkcade and cross the pedestrian bridge to downtown.  Look to the left as you cross for the room with board games in the window, and that's the BGNlab.  You may need to come inside Grand River Hall to enter the lab.

Please note the following policies:

  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for these events. 
  • You will be asked to sign in when you come to the event.
  • Attendees are liable for games they are playing.
  • Covered drinks are allowed in the BGNlab, but food should be eaten in the outside BGNlounge.  
  • WLU reserves the right to ask attendees to leave for rude or unruly behavior.  Play nice!
Wednesday
Jul272016

ProtoTO - Board Game Prototype Convention in Toronto

The BGNlab is partnering up with ProtoTO, Toronto's first board game prototype convention, to help local game designers create more engaging board games.

The event runs starts on Friday, August 19th with a panel of boardgame designers, and continues on through Sunday night.  During the day, game designers will have 90 minute slots to demonstrate their games, and playtesters will provide feedback.  

During the evening, there will be open gaming, and designers can sign up for a 30-minute slot for "Office Hours with Dr. Nicholson," where Scott Nicholson will provide advice on difficult design challenges in an open discussion environment.

Tickets are limited, and can be purchased at 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/prototo-tickets-25517529618