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Meet the Fringe: Game On – Contemporary Board Game Study Day

Ahead of London Games Festival, Games London is speaking to some of the creators behind this year’s line-up of exciting and eclectic events.


Today, we speak to James Wallis from Spaaace games consultancy, who will be chairing Game On: Contemporary Board Games Study Day at the V&A Museum of Childhood


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Tell us a bit about your event.
The Game On: Contemporary Board Game Study Day is a conference for anyone with an interest in modern boardgames—how they arose, what makes them so good, how they can be used, and where they’re going. It’s a tie-in with the exhibition Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Speakers include Ian Livingstone CBE, Holly Neilsen, Quintin Smith, Dr Esther Macallum-Stewart, Nia Wearn and myself. There will be a game-jam in the afternoon, and games demonstrations all day.


Who is this event for?
The study day is for anyone with a serious interest in modern board-games and their potential–whether you’re a player, a designer, an academic or a professional.


Why should people come along?
The day is a mix of fascinating expert speakers, hands-on time with the cream of modern games, and a competition to try your own design skills.


Why were you keen to be involved in London Games Festival?
London has been at the forefront of games design for centuries, and the LGF shines a spotlight on the games culture and talent that makes it unique. Plus many gamers won’t have heard about the Game Plan exhibition, and being part of the LGF will help to draw it to their attention.


What events have you done before?
There’s the Game Plan exhibition on the history of board-games at the Museum, which is the parent event for the study day. A month later I will be chairing GameCamp 9 at London South Bank University, which is more wide-ranging but just as interesting, and is also £20 for an all-day ticket.


What games do you enjoy? 
We’ll play anything once except Runequest and Cards Against Humanity.


You can find out more about Game On: Contemporary Board Games Study Day here. And for more information about the Festival Fringe, head over here.

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