Friday, Februrary 19th marked the first "Freeplay Friday" event held at the BGNlab here in Brantford, Ontario. During a Freeplay Friday, the BGNlab is open to the public. The community is welcome to come in and play with BGNlab's extensive board game collection. People of all ages are welcome to attend, including minors with appropriate supervision.
Attendees of this Freeplay Friday were able learn new board games with professor Scott Nicholson and the Game Design program's students. Around 15 students and community members dropped in throughout the day. Featured games included Nippon, a historical board game about Japan's industrial revolution; Dale of Merchants, a simplistic card game about deckbuilding in order to create sets of cards; and 1846, a complex train track building game with a stock market.
The Freeplay Friday was originally scheduled from 10am-6pm. Even so, players were so interested in the featured games that they chose to continue longer into the evening. It is expected that the next Freeplay Friday, whose date is to be determined, will draw in larger numbers of community members.
Stay tuned for more information about future Freeplay Fridays, and how to get involved in BGNlab events!