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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



January Game Talk

On Thursday, January 17 at 7pm, we will be hosting Stefan Alexander from North (previously Thalmic Labs) at the BGNlab.

North has developed virtual reality glasses called Focus that look like normal glasses, but display content on the screen for the user that others can't see.

This is a talk open to the public.

For directions to the BGNlab, visit 


December events at the BGNlab

We’ve got two events later this week at the BGNlab where you can join us.


Thursday, Dec. 6th will be our last Gametalk.  Matt Philips, a game designer from the UK, will be joining us via Skype at 7pm.

Friday, Dec. 7th, will be our Free Play Friday event from 4-7pm where you can playtest games and play published tabletop games.


Both events are open to the public, and minors can attend with their parents/guardians.   Directions to the BGNlab and more information can be found here:

Scott Nicholson