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Music Game Jam a success

On Friday, November 25th, 25 game design students, 11 music students, and several WLU and Conestoga faculty members came together to make music-based games in 6 hours.  Dr. Nicholson led the game jam, helping the students with an initial brainstorming and letting the students select groups to create five types of games:  a live-action card game, a roleplaying game, a party game, an improv acting game, and an escape room. 

You can find some videos of the games during their testing in the LB Game Design Facebook group:



It's our plan to do similar game jam with students with other faculties, as it creates an opportunity for game design students to explore other domains and students in other programs to see how they may use games in their own fields.


Talk on Dec. 1 and Free Play Friday on Dec. 2

On Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7pm, we will be joined via Skype by Shayna Parker of Brain Shift Games.  They design apps to help stroke patients recover the use of their hands.  ( This is our First Thursday speaker series, and it is open to all.


Our next Free Play Friday will be Dec. 2nd from 3-6pm, so come and join us for some games!  


 (Note – there will not be a Free Play Friday on Friday, Nov. 25, as we are bringing together students from Game Design and from Music to make music-based games in a Music Game Jam.)


Freeplay Friday and Big Diplomacy

This Friday will be another round of Freeplay Friday at the lab – come between 3 and 6pm for tabletop games.  Find information about parking, location, and policies about minors at

At 5pm, we are going to do a special event – Big Diplomacy.  Given last night’s US news, it seems appropriate to play a game that starts in the leadup to WWI.

This will be for 7 teams, and I’ll teach the game starting at 5pm.  I plan to end the game at 10pm, but you don’t have to stay for all of it.  I’ll be moderating it and running it as a board-based live-action event.  You don’t need to know anything about Diplomacy to play.

I do intend to stream the game, so you can see it playing out Friday night at  I will start teaching it at 5pm, then move into play once we are ready.



GameTalk on Nov. 3

On Thursday, Nov., 3rd at 7PM we are having Brian Jenkins, the general manager of PlayPower Canada, come to speak about his work in the game industry.  PlayPower focuses on outdoor play and uses games to get kids engaged with the world around them.

This talk is open to the public, and will be held at the BGNlab.

We'd like to thank Michelle Goodridge and the WLU library for their efforts in organizing this speaker series. 


Extra Life 2016 with the WLU Game Changers

Donate to our Extra Life campaign at


Extra Life is an organation that runs a 24-hour gaming marathon each year as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 


This year, the WLU Game Changers, a group of students interested in making games who live in Grand River Hall, are taking on the Extra Life challenge.

However, instead of playing games for 24 hours, they will be making games for 24 hours!  In fact, they have been challenged by the Residence Life program to make games that can be used to help students living in residence with some of their common problems.


This game jam will take place from 8AM Nov. 5th to 8AM Nov. 6th, and it will be streamed on Twitch.TV at the BGNlab Twitch account at