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BGNlab to host Climate Change Game Jam, open to Ontario college & university students

On March 18 and 19, the BGNlab at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario will be host to up to 200 students from Ontario colleges and universities to make climate change games to change the world with support from the Government of Ontario. 

The weekend will open with a briefing by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  Jammers will then work on games of all sorts, including tabletop, PC, mobile, and live-action to help players make decisions that can reduce their carbon footprint.  All ideas will be placed into the Creative Commons, as the goal is to develop the best ideas that can make a difference.

Then over the summer 12 students (10 undergrads and 2 grad students) will be hired to develop two game prototypes based on the ideas produced at the jam at the Brantford Games Network lab.   These students will be selected from the students who attend the game jam.  These game prototypes and design documents will be tested and then released to the world, with the hope that others around the world will take the ideas and incorporate them into games of their own.

Questions can be directed to the WLU Game Design & Development program director, Scott Nicholson, at

If you are a student or faculty member at an Ontario college or university in a game-related program and want to help create games to help with climate change, sign up at


Red Bull Mind Gamers Design Blog 3: The Design Process

Join us for the third episode of the video blog about the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championships, where we talk a bit about the design process.



Red Bull Mind Gamers Design Blog 2: About the Red Bull Mind Gamers project

Here is entry #2 in our video blog - this one is all about the Red Bull Mind Gamers project and the Escape Room World Championships.



You can keep up with these videos directly by subscribing to the BGNlab YouTube channel at


Red Bull Mind Gamers Design Blog 1: History of Escape Rooms 

Here is the first of six videos to give you a behind-the-scenes look of the design process for the Red Bull Mind Games Escape Room World Championships.  You can see more of Dr. Nicholson's work on Escape Rooms at the Publications link above.  


Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room Design Blog coming from the BGNlab

Over the next month, there will be a series of videos released that explore some of what went on as we designed the escape room for the upcoming Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championships.  The escape rooms were designed by Scott Nicholson, professor at WLU Brantford and director of the BGNlab, and Game Design & Development students Robert Durant, Sean Harrison, and Chris Tenuta. 

 Here's a teaser video released by Red Bull about the event.

 Watch this blog for all of the videos for a behind-the-scenes look at our process!