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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!


Escape Room Unconference 2017

The Escape Room Unconference 2017 is underway!


There is a shared Google document with notes from the day, which you can find at




Learn traditional Asian games

The Laurier International and the History Student's Association is putting on a day to learn a variety of traditional Asian games in RCW on February 1st as part of the Lunar New Year. 



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.