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GameTalk on January 4 - Syd Bolton

It’s time to come in out of the cold and Talk Games with GameTalk!
On Thursday, January 4th at 7pm  we will have Syd Bolton joining us.  Syd is the Curator of the PC Museum here in Brantford. 
You can learn more about Syd at
More information about visiting the BGNlab can be found at



Brantford Mystery Hunt Registration

Welcome to the 2017 Brantford Mystery Hunt!

In Framed in the Past: The Tightrope Walker, teams of players will engage in a story based on events that took place 150 years in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

During this one-hour game, teams will work together to solve puzzles, visit student actors in downtown Brantford, and unravel the mystery of the disappearing tightrope walker through a narrative live-action puzzle-based adventure inspired by history.

There will be a Family and a Gamer track for the event.  Spaces are limited and players must register by Nov. 12.

The Family event is simpler, and is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Younger children can attend with their family, but may find the puzzles overwhelming. We do ask that all minors be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Gamer track is more intense, both in the story and in the challenges, and is not recommended for those under 16.

We will be starting 4 teams every half an hour between 1 and 3:00. There are 16 tickets available during each time slot. If you are with a group of about 4, you can stay as a team. If you are in a smaller group, then we may put you with other smaller groups. 

This game has been developed, staffed, and will be run by Laurier students from the Escape Room and Puzzle Design class taught by Dr. Scott Nicholson from the Game Design and Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario.

We are running this event as a fundraiser as part of the Laurier United Way fundraising efforts, so all proceeds will go to charity.  The event is generously supported by the City of Brantford.

We would like to thank the following people for their consultation during thie planning of this event:
Nathan Etherington and the Brant Historical Society
Errol Elumir and Manda Whitney from the Room Escape Divas
Stacey Hannem from the Criminology program at Laurier Brantford
Peter Farrugia from the Society Culture & Environment and History Programs at Laurier Brantford
Ken Lavender
Brantford Public Library

Ticket sales for this event ended on Nov. 12, but there is another event in Brantford you can attend: If you like Star Wars and Clue, then you can also engage with the Brantford Public Library's Star Wars Clue event on the same day!   You can learn more about that and sign up at


GameTalk - Andrea Cartwright

Come and learn about Escape Rooms!


On Oct. 5, 2017, at 7PM, the public is invited to GameTalk at the BGNlab!   The speaker is Andrea Cartwright, the CEO of Breakout Escape, which is an escape room facility that will be opening up in Brantford soon!   Here's a chance to learn a little bit about the behind the scenes of what goes on with Escape Rooms

This talk has been organized by the WLU Libraries and Michelle Goodridge.  

The BGNlab is in Grand River Hall.  A map and directions can be found here:



Participate in a Research Study


Seeking Research Subjects

We are seeking participants 18 years and older who are willing to work with an activity we have created online, answer questions immediately afterwards, and then answer follow-up surveys through e-mail.  This call will be open until November 26th.

 The process should take about an hour, and each of 4 follow-up surveys will take no more than 15 minutes each over the next 12 months. You can opt out of the research at any time. You will need to use a computer, as these activities may not work well on a mobile device.

If you have questions, you can contact Dr. Scott Nicholson at or at 519.756.8228x5893.  This research has been approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board, study: REB #5400.


First – Read and complete the Informed Consent document then return here.

Second - Write down the time you are starting, then visit the link below on a computer to participate in a randomly selected activity (some activities won't work well on a mobile device). Note that it may take a little while to load.

When finished, write down the time you finished and then return here for the follow-up survey.

Thank you very much!  We will contact you in about a month with the first follow-up survey.

Seeking research sites

We are currently doing comparative research between games and information resources about Climate Change funded by the Government of Ontario.    We are seeking research sites between the GTA, KW, London, Niagara Falls, and all points between to visit in order to carry out our project.

Our goal is to have 18-30 year olds work through either a game or an information resource about climate change.  We'd are seeking places like libraries, museums, festivals, or other places where 18-30 year olds visit. 

What we need is a place for up to 10 people at the same time to sit and do a survey, work through a 20-minute activity on a tablet, and do another survey.  We'd like to be able to be in that space for at least 3 hours.   We are looking to do most of this research in October and November.

If you are at a location that could host us for a day to help us do research to see if we can change people's behavior around Climate Change issues, please contact Emily Flynn-Jones at 

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