Make boardgames great again
Oct
9
4:00 PM16:00

Make boardgames great again

  • Room 301, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Matteo Menapace is officially VIDEOgames designer in residence at the V&A in London. Practically he makes cooperative boardgames about cheerful topics like food politics, memory loss and honeybee capitalism. In this seminar Matteo discusses his work, and its wider context and impact.


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Gothic Games Jam
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Gothic Games Jam

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a quick-fire day of demos, workshops and dev kits. All materials (and lunch) provided, games from Gloom to Gormenghast and back again on the table – just book in, turn up, and let’s play…

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Cities 2050: Play Carbon City Zero!
Nov
6
12:30 PM12:30

Cities 2050: Play Carbon City Zero!

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The race to become Britain's first zero carbon city is on... Newly appointed as City Mayor, your task is simple: create a carbon neutral city and show the rest of the world how it is done. Play this brand-new tabletop game and learn more about decarbonisation and sustainable city planning as you go.

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Live-Action Roleplaying Games: Monsters, Props and Philosophy
Feb
12
4:00 PM16:00

Live-Action Roleplaying Games: Monsters, Props and Philosophy

  • Room 301, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this seminar, Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley will explore the philosophy of games and the potential of play to disrupt players’ common-sense perspective of the world. Various “turns” in modern philosophy, including materialist and speculative philosophies, suggest that humans need to think beyond an anthropocentric perspective. Instead of seeing matter and nature as passive resources for human conception, we need to recognise nonhuman vitality and agency.

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New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy International Conference
Jun
27
to Jun 28

New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy International Conference

  • Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Manchester Metropolitan University announces its “New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy International Conference”, which will bring together international researchers in all areas of Modern Languages, Pedagogy and Transmedia. This conference is being convened by the Manchester Metropolitan University and supported by the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) project entitled ‘Cross-language dynamics: reshaping community’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

For more information please contact Dr Carmen Herrero (c.herrero@mmu.ac.uk) and Ms Marta F Suarez (m.suarez@mmu.ac.uk). Registration fees: £150 | Concessionary rate (postgraduates): £80

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Ghost Ship Playtest
Jun
5
4:00 PM16:00

Ghost Ship Playtest

  • Room C2.06, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a playtesting session of a new, student-created social deduction game – Ghost Ship.  The student team are hoping to take part in this year’s Tranzfuser competition, and are seeking feedback to help refine their paper prototype while starting work on their digital version. 

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Games & Computer Animation Showcase
May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Games & Computer Animation Showcase

The fantastic Games and Computer Animation students at Manchester Metropolitan University are having an end-of-year celebration, and will be showing off all the amazing work they have produced over the course of their studies.  Students from both courses and all years will be in attendance, and it’s a great opportunity to both play games, and meet the developers!

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Games and VR
May
1
4:00 PM16:00

Games and VR

  • Room 222, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this playful session, Dr Tom Brock will showcase and invite participants to experience virtual reality games, simulations and environments. Participants have the opportunity to use a HTC Vive – an immersive virtual reality experience that tracks body motion – and play popular VR titles, including Beat Sabre, Superhot VR, Skyrim VR.

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Games and Shakespeare
Apr
3
4:00 PM16:00

Games and Shakespeare

  • Room 302, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As a cornerstone of so much of English language culture it is no surprise that Shakespeare has been adapted and mediated across all media forms. In this talk and curated play session Dr Stephen Curtis will look particularly at a range of ways in which the Bard and his works have been used as the inspiration or setting for games, both card/board and digital. As well as a brief summary of the general state of Shakespearean games, Stephen will discuss what the process of ‘gaming’ Shakespeare can offer to critical discussions of the plays and poems that make up his work. 

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Games and Business
Mar
13
4:00 PM16:00

Games and Business

  • Room 234, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this session, Dr Laura Mitchell will outline the appeal games have for business, particularly in the context of increasing motivation and productivity through affective experience. Asking if this appeal is simply the latest trend, the session aims to answer whether play is now (or indeed always has been) the work of employees, entrepreneurs and professionals.

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Games and Participation
Feb
27
4:00 PM16:00

Games and Participation

  • Room 1.22, Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this seminar, John Lean will discuss how what started out as a straightforward design-based project has, through embracing play as a cultural form, become more about how games can be used as an extended metaphor to understand and enhance undergraduates’ experiences of university

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Games and Horror
Feb
13
4:00 PM16:00

Games and Horror

  • Room 224, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this seminar, Dr Dawn Stobbart will discuss the relationship horror has with videogames, showing how this medium portrays horror, how it utilizes representations of horror in other media to horrify the player, and how videogames can incite a stronger reaction than in other media.

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Games and Probation
Jan
30
4:00 PM16:00

Games and Probation

  • Room 231, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this seminar, Hwa Young will give a presentation of the design process and the impact that Probationary: The Game of Life on Licence has had in the criminal justice system and beyond. This will be followed by an opportunity to play the game and discuss the outcomes of the work and research.

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Game Design Masterclass: Design your own card or boardgame in 3 hours!
Jan
22
5:30 PM17:30

Game Design Masterclass: Design your own card or boardgame in 3 hours!

  • International Anthony Burgess Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Game Design Masterclass is a crash course in the theory and practice of creating exciting boardgames and card games. This event will be led by professional game-maker James Wallis, creator of Once Upon A Time, The Extraordinary Adventures Of Baron Munchausen and the new RPG Alas Vegas.

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INSET Using Video Games and Storytelling in Language Learning and teaching: French / Spanish
Nov
10
10:30 AM10:30

INSET Using Video Games and Storytelling in Language Learning and teaching: French / Spanish

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

INSET / CPD for MFL teachers. It is aimed at teachers of French and Spanish working in Sixth Forms and Colleges, specifically year 10 and 11, but it can be applied to A-Level students. The focus is to develop storytelling and transmedia literacy at GCSE in the language classroom: The use of video games as an educative tool.

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Halloween in the City: Spooky Board Games
Oct
27
11:30 AM11:30

Halloween in the City: Spooky Board Games

The MGSN and The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies present Spooky Board Games at the Royal Exchange Theatre. As you enjoy Halloween in the City, take a detour to the Royal Exchange where you can rest your weary feet and join us for a session of the best board games and creepiest card games for Halloween. No booking required. Simply drop in to enjoy a selection of games suitable for all ages. No idea how to play? No problem. We can run through the rules and get you started. Why not battle hordes of zombies, make pacts with strange creatures from beyond space and time, blast ghosts in a haunted house, and attend masquerade at Dracula’s castle…? Stay spooky and come play.

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Paolo Ruffino: Inhuman(e) Gaming: Video Games for Earthly Survival
Oct
24
2:00 PM14:00

Paolo Ruffino: Inhuman(e) Gaming: Video Games for Earthly Survival

  • Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this talk Paolo Ruffino (Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in College of Arts at the University of Lincoln) looks at the emergence of forms of automation within digital gaming, self-playing games, games made and/or played by artificial intelligence systems, games played by ghosts and non-living matter. By focussing on incremental and idle games, as examples of ‘grotesque economies’ (Giddings, 2018), and as both inhuman and inhumane forms of play (an expression borrowed from Braidotti, 2013), heI loos at these examples as possible companions in our struggle for earthly survival.

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Play It Smart: What we can learn from games (and why they should be used to teach us)
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Play It Smart: What we can learn from games (and why they should be used to teach us)

MGSN members Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley, Dr Sam Illingworth, Dr Laura Mitchell and Dr Paul Wake talk about the role that games can play in education and engagement.

This seminar is part of Tabletop Gaming Live, a new gaming show run by the teams behind Tabletop Gaming and Miniature Wargames magazines.

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Board Game Training Workshop, with PMLG & Games Research Network
Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Board Game Training Workshop, with PMLG & Games Research Network

  • Manchester Metropolitan University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join PMLG and the MGSN for a Royal Society of Chemistry-sponsored workshop introducing the use of ‘off-the-shelf’ tabletop games to generate a dialogue around chemistry. Following the workshop, support and materials will be provided to enable you to use these games in public libraries during (and after) International Games Week.

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Making Immersive Experiences
Jun
8
4:00 PM16:00

Making Immersive Experiences

What do new immersive technologies, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, offer storytellers and makers? And do they change the stories we choose tell audiences? Two internationally renowned digital storytellers and makers present their latest creative projects and help us to find answers to these questions.

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