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ProtoTO - Board Game Prototype Convention in Toronto

The BGNlab is partnering up with ProtoTO, Toronto's first board game prototype convention, to help local game designers create more engaging board games.

The event runs starts on Friday, August 19th with a panel of boardgame designers, and continues on through Sunday night.  During the day, game designers will have 90 minute slots to demonstrate their games, and playtesters will provide feedback.  

During the evening, there will be open gaming, and designers can sign up for a 30-minute slot for "Office Hours with Dr. Nicholson," where Scott Nicholson will provide advice on difficult design challenges in an open discussion environment.

Tickets are limited, and can be purchased at



Gaming Events at the Brantford Public Library

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: Jungle Game Jam!

Do you like playing games? Have you ever wanted to MAKE a game? Bring your family and GO WILD

at the Jungle Game Jam where you will work together to create a jungle-themed tabletop game! No

previous experience is needed, just bring your creative hats!

Join Dr. Scott Nicholson, Professor of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Game Design and Development program

and Director of the Brantford Games Network as he leads families through the steps of making a game

- then everyone plays the games! This is an intergenerational program for families to work together to

make a physical game. Small families or individuals will be partnered with other small groups.

Saturday, July 9 / 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / Main Library


Get Your Game On! (Ages 14+)

Local gaming experts will demonstrate how the ‘featured game’

works and then it’s time to play! In partnership with Wilfrid Laurier

University’s Game Design and Development program.

• May 18 - Magic the Gathering

• June 15 - Settlers of Catan

• July 19 - Mario Kart

• August 16 - Munchkin

May-June: Third Wednesday / 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. / Main Library

July-August: Third Tuesday / 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. / Main Library


Make Your Own Gaming Avatar! (Ages 10+)

Learn how to design your own digital avatar for your roleplaying

games. When your final design is complete, print a

prototype on the Library’s 3D printer. In partnership with Wilfrid

Laurier University’s Game Design and Development program.

Registration optional as space is limited.

Mondays / 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. / Main Library


Dungeons & Dragons Start Up (Ages 10+)

Interested in playing D&D, but have limited to no experience?

Local D&D experts will show you the ropes in this seven week

workshop. Registration Required.

Fridays / 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. / Main Library

For more information, contact

Michelle Goodridge, MA MLIS
Liaison Librarian, Game Design and Development
Wilfrid Laurier University  - Brantford Campus
Grand River Hall Room 108D
519-756-8228 ext 5411 | @migoodridge 


Fake Casino Thursday from 10-11:30

We had to reschedule our Fake Casino for Thursday from 10-11:30 due to the ice storm. 

Come on down and try out table games created by students!   Your chips are how we will evaluate the games - the students will try to get your chips from you, so come and make it difficult for them!

This is our last event for the academic year.



Assistant Professor position in Game Design and Development

Subject to budgetary approval, we have just begun the search for a new Assistant Professor to join us at Wilfrid Laurier Universtity in Brantford, Ontario.  Here is the information about the position.        

Position Title : Game Design and Development Assistant Professor

Faculty/Academic Area : Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

Department : Game Design and Development

Campus : Brantford

Position Summary : The Game Design and Development Program at Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2016, subject to budgetary approval. To be considered, an applicant must possess a PhD or will nearly have completed a PhD in a relevant discipline with practical experience in digital game design and project management. The academic home for this position is in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences.

The ideal candidate is a scholar with demonstrated experience in designing imaginative and innovative digital games and experience or knowledge of project management in the games industry. It is preferred that the candidate has experience in designing and developing mobile games with real-world impact.  This faculty member would be responsible for leading the digital game design and development streams and would work with students seeking to create digital games and prototypes.  The candidate will be expected to teach/develop courses in Project Management, Interface Design, Ethics in Gaming, and the Capstone Project in Gaming.   

The applicant should have an active research program, with evidence of research excellence, strong potential to attract external funding, and a commitment to mentorship of students though their research program.  The successful candidate would be involved with the Brantford Games Network and the BGNlab, which connects Game Design faculty and students to the community (  In addition, there will be connections between the research and design interests of the candidate and other programs at the WLU Brantford campus. This candidate will exhibit a passion for the power of games to change the world and help push the Game Design and Development program and WLU toward being a leader in the field.

The Game Design and Development Program is a new and rapidly growing program on the downtown Brantford campus.  The program offers a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts and prepares students to work within educational institutions or with corporations and non-profit organizations with the goal of initiating positive change; students will be able to create games and interactive experiences that make a difference.  There is an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects between members of different programs and faculties on the WLU Brantford campus. 

Applicants need to submit a complete application package consisting of:

  • ·       a cover letter outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Game Design and Development program at Laurier;
  • ·       a curriculum vitae;
  • ·       a two-page statement of current and prospective research interests;
  • ·       a two-page teaching dossier including teaching philosophy and teaching interests;
  • ·       a portfolio containing up to three pieces of academic research and/or documentation about games designed by the candidate;
  • ·       the names of three referees willing to provide a letter of reference.

Application packages may be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Program, Dr. Scott Nicholson, at  Applications are due by May 31, 2016.

Please Note :
Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  In accordance with the requirements of Employment and Social Development Canada and Citizenship and the
Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada the successful applicant will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.

Members of the designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self identify, in confidence, to the Dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Dr. Lauren Eisler (  Further information on the equity policy can be found at:

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Nancy Lambert at or by phone at 519-756-8228 ext. 5778.



Events at the BGNlab in March and April

Here are some upcoming events at the BGNlab that are open to the public:

March 31, 10:05-11:20  Board Game Fair

  As above, the students of the Analog Game Design class will be demonstrating their Board games in a game fair.

April 5   5:00-7:00 PM    Best of the Year Game Fair

  The best games from the Game Design students will be exhibited at the Best of the Year Game Fair.  Come and see the top-voted games from throughout the year!

April 7  10:05-11:20  Fake Casino

  Come and play some new Casino table games designed by students in the Analog Game Design class. You’ll be given a stack of chips to try out these games of skill and chance!  The students are competing for which table can take in the most money, so come and make them earn their chips!