Games Research Network

Researching analogue and digital games

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Tabletop Chemistry

The GRN is delighted to report that it was successful in its application to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Outreach Fund.

Teaming up with our friends and colleagues at Errant Science, we will be developing a set of learning materials that can be used alongside off-the-shelf tabletop games to develop dialogue around chemistry.  We’re also working alongside librarians to create a series of activities during International Games Week in order to bring games and chemistry to a wider audience. read more

EGU Games Day

The use of narrative is well known as an effective technique for communication. We are fundamentally set-up to respond to stories, and where we might not respond to simple statement of facts, we are more likely to respond to something which moves us emotionally. I see games as an extension of this, and a form of story-telling where the narrative itself is not pre-determined. This is what makes games so fun, so exciting, and so powerful. read more

Book Review – Tabletop Gaming Manual

Tabletop Gaming Manual
Matt Thrower
Haynes Manuals, 2018
ISBN: 1785211498

This new book from games journalist Matt Thrower is published by Haynes Publishing, who are perhaps best known for their car, motorcycle, scooter and ATV manuals, and who in recent years have developed an interesting and lucrative sideline in General Interest Manuals, with topics ranging from Zombie Survival to the Imperial Death Star. With such a wide range of fan culture on offer, it was surely only a matter of times before tabletop games got the Haynes treatment, and in Matt Thrower (who as well as his excellent Fortress blog is perhaps best known for his work with Shut up and Sit Down) they have the ideal gamer for the job. read more

International Games Week

2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Games and Gaming Roundtable and their flagship initiate International Games Week (IGW). It is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games, and this year saw the biggest series of events yet. In the UK, 95 libraries signed up to host an event, an increase from the 27 that signed up in 2016, with average attendance at each event an impressive 54. read more

Another Meetup board games group is starting… with a twist

There are many Meetup groups for adults interested in board games but those joining the new (and only) Chester group launching next week by staff at the Storyhouse may find a common theme connecting the games – science! This group has been started with support from the Games Research Network, following a day of training organised by the Institute of Physics for non-scientist community group leaders interested in the possibility of using games with their audiences to raise science capital, a concept used to understand why some people don’t believe science is something they should or can be part of. read more

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