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Game TALK on Jan 5, 7-8:30

Game TALK Lecture Series: Board Game Design

Jan 5, 2017 - 
7:00 to 8:30
Brantford Campus

Join Laurier Brantford for a lecture by Jacob Chodoriwksy, CEO of Board and Tale Games Inc. on January 5, 2017.

Jacob is the CEO of Board and Tale Games Inc. and created the board game, Stratos. Jacob will be speaking on how to create and design a board game from start to finish.

This lecture will take place in the BGNlab in Grand River Hall (room 201).

This event is free and open to all.


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.