Archive for the ‘Let out for the day’ Category

#DigraUK17 – Hidden Object Games first steps

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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 – 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 (

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

Talking at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

This was a nice day – and a nice change of pace from what I usually talk about – because I was talking about a specific module and more importantly the fun I’ve had getting 2nd year students to make boardgames. I happen to be in the middle of teaching this Gameplay Applications as module as the requestfor this came in so I knew exactly what to talk about. 

There might be video at some point but the gist of it was the highs and lows of the module so far and a discussion on what they students have designed so far, and the other outcomes that have come out the module. What was super lovely the wave of people coming to talk to me afterwards about what we were doing and how revolutionary (?!?) it was to have university modules where they design board games. (I’m sure that’s not true – but it’s a fascinating thread of research if it is)

So a massive thanks to the V&A and the Museum of Childhood for having me talk – and in such good company too. There was also an amazing Board Games Jam run by Playtest UK! Which meant I got to take in all the fun of a games jam without having to actually run one. (although we do have one planned for Welcome Week)



Talking at #GameThink 2.0

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Before we got into the swing of teaching I was invited to do two talks on the intersect between industry and academia. One of those was a lovely little meetup of industry and academia in the Midlands hosted at BCU and the other was at GameThink 2.0 (all of which is collected here)

Anyway, what’s quite cool is that all of the GameThink 2.0 talks were recorded, and since my mum said it looked good I’ll share it here too (also my hair looks super shiny)

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