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Halloween in the City: Spooky Board Games

Date: 27th October 2018

Time: 11:30 - 13:30

Location: The Royal Exchange Theatre Foyer


Manchester Metropolitan University’s Games Research Network 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.

FREE. No booking required.

Catan: Global Warming – an unofficial expansion play session

Date: 30th September 2018

Time: 11:00-13:00

Location: Alexandra Palace, London

Come and play the Catan: Global Warming scenario with its creators and see if you have what it takes to settle the island sustainably…. Recommended for players with previous Catan experience. Limited to 20 people.

This session is part of Tabletop Gaming Live, a new gaming show run by the teams behind Tabletop Gaming and Miniature Wargames magazines. Tickets can be bought online.


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

Date: 29th September 2018

Time: 13:00-14:00

Location: Alexandra Palace, London

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Games Research Network 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. Tickets can be bought online.

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

Date: 24th October 2018

Time: 14:00-16:00

Location: MMU, Geoffrey Manton Building. GM302


In this talk I look 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. I contextualise these experiments as part of the excitement and exasperation for, and as premediation of, the mass extinction of life from Planet Earth. I focus 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). I look at these examples as possible companions in our struggle for earthly survival.


Paolo Ruffino is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. He has been researching and publishing in the areas of video game culture, media arts and media studies. His interests include independent forms of video game development, archaeologies of games, hacking, modding and practices of modification of video game software, gamification and the Quantified Self. Paolo is the author of Future Gaming: Creative Interventions in Video Game Culture (Goldsmiths Press), and has been the co-editor of the volume Rethinking Gamification (Meson Press), an issue of journal GAME on video game subcultures, and of a special issue of Games and Culture on the early work of Roger Caillois.

If you would like to attend please email Chloé Germaine Buckley ( If you have any specific access needs please do let us know.


“Migrations” – A Special Exhibition from Miskatonic University

Start date: 1st August 2018

End date: 2nd August 2018

Location: Manchester Met Special Collections

A horror-themed live action role-playing event as part of the Gothic Manchester Festival 2018.

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