Heroic Women – Game Changers

November 17th, 2017 by WEARN Nia

Sometimes events and requests come my way to do a workshop or a talk that’s a little bit difference – yesterday was one of those times.

Every year the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service host a conference centered on Women in Communities and I was asked to do a workshop that featured games design – and I was more then happy to oblige because it gave me chance to use one of my favourite resources – ‘Heroic Women to Inspire Game Designers‘ I’ve used it before in classes but never in a workshop and it seemed the perfect match – and it was.

In 45 minutes we designed games based on the stores of these women, specifically thinking about targeting games to the women in the room and thinking about how we could use the aspects of the story to raise donations from the players for worthy causes. It was really inspirational to see both the amazing designs and share the stories of these women – heroic in such different ways. I got some great feedback and it was lovely to host a workshop without tech or computers getting in the way, and dispelling the idea that game design is something other people do, and empowering these groups of mainly women to think about how they design interactive experiences and engage communities.

Also the conference organisers used More than Minutes to take visual minutes, I love it when this happens at conferences and I think it’s the first time I’ve been featured on one of these.

You can see all of the minutes here

#DigraUK17 – Hidden Object Games first steps

May 8th, 2017 by WEARN Nia

Since Esther joined in September she and I have been playing around with researching Hidden Object Games – first as a method of showing students the process of research (to this end with have a multi faceted Tumblr Blog – https://hiddenobjectfiles.tumblr.com/) and then, the more we researched the more interesting research threads that came out of it.

DigraUK2017 (the UK Digra Chapter) had a 1 day conference at University of Salford’s Media City UK site (so shiny!!) and we presented our initial abstract – with a title taken from the research twitter bot I created (https://twitter.com/NewHOGTitles)

I was also successful in being voted in as secretary for DigraUK – which was nice


April 9th, 2017 by WEARN Nia

My Level 5 students are hosting a board game expo – to demo the games they’ve spent to year designing.¬†Everyone’s invited. April 24th – 11-2pm – Henrion Gallery – Staffordshire University

Let’s hope it’s a success, the games are looking amazing so far and I’m so proud of the students work so far.

There’s a nice write up of the event¬†here on the Department Blog