Catan: Global Warming – an unofficial expansion play session

Date: 30th September 2018

Time: 11:00-13:00

Location: Alexandra Palace, London

Catan: Global Warming – an unofficial expansion play session

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

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

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.

Board Game Training Workshop, with PMLG & Games Research Network

Date: 20th September 2018

Time: 10:00-16:00

Location: MMU, John Dalton Building

Board Game Training Workshop, with PMLG & Games Research Network

Join PMLG and the Games Research Network in Manchester 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.

 

“Migrations” – A Special Exhibition from Miskatonic University

Start date: 1st August 2018

End date: 2nd August 2018

Location: Manchester Met Special Collections

“Migrations” – A Special Exhibition from Miskatonic University

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

GRN and Institute of Physics at WOMAD: The World’s Festival

Start date: 28th July 2018

End date: 29th July 2018

GRN and Institute of Physics at WOMAD: The World’s Festival

The Games Research Network are joining the Institute of Physics at Womad: The World’s Festival in Charlton Park, Wiltshire in July. We’ll be running sessions on Saturday 28th  at 13.00 and on the Sunday 29th at 15.00 and invite families to and join us to play games and talk about Newton. Yes, really…

 

GRN and the Institute of Physics at the Bluedot Festival

Date: 20th July 2018

Time: 14:00-14:40 & 14:50-15:30

Location: Macclesfield

GRN and the Institute of Physics at the Bluedot Festival

The Games Research Network are joining the Institute of Physics at the Bluedot Festival in Macclesfield in July. Come and take part in this fully interactive workshop that is suitable for all the family and for all ages. Play games and learn about the physics behind what makes them fun!

Book Club

Date: 20th June 2018

Time: 15.00-16.00

Location: Spanish Steps Brooks Building

Book Club

This month’s book is Playing and Reality by D. W. Winnicott.

Book club meets up once every two months in Manchester to discuss the current book, and thoughts around play and games in general. There is normally the opportunity for a cheeky tipple afterwards as well. If you would like to attend in person, or have any suggestions for future books, please get in touch with Nic.

Making Immersive Experiences 1

Date: 8th June 2018

Time: 16:00-19:00

Location: Righton Building, All Saints Campus, MMU

Making Immersive Experiences 1

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.

 

 

Serious Gaming and Games Based Learning

Date: 2nd June 2018

Time: 16:00-17:00

Location: Birmingham NEC

Serious Gaming and Games Based Learning

How much can you learn from a game? Can educational games be fun? Our panel of experts from across Higher Education, Secondary Education and Business discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using games in teaching and learning.

Psychology Research Seminar: The Face of Gaming

Date: 23rd May 2018

Time: 12:30-14:00

Location: Birley BR 2.17

Psychology Research Seminar: The Face of Gaming

Members of the GRN are invited to a psychology research seminar by Oli Clark and Jenny Cole who will talk about research taking place in Psychology on digital avatars. Oli will be demonstrating how he is investigating the importance of avatars for effecting health behaviour change and about his PhD research findings so far. Jenny will be talking about her qualitative work talking to female gamers about their experiences and constructions of avatar appearance in terms of body image and gender. After the research talk there will be time for more in depth discussion with GRN members.

Book Club

Date: 26th April 2018

Time: 15.00-16.00

Location: Spanish Steps Brooks Building

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Book Club

This month’s book is Perceiving Play: The Art and Study of Computer Games by Torill Elvira Mortensen.

Book club meets up once every two months in Manchester to discuss the current book, and thoughts around play and games in general. There is normally the opportunity for a cheeky tipple afterwards as well. If you would like to attend in person, or have any suggestions for future books, please get in touch with Nic.

4th Games Degrees End of Year Showcase

Date: 21st April 2018

Time: 11:00-15:00

Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, C0.17, C0.13a and C0.13b

4th Games Degrees End of Year Showcase

Following another fantastic Games Degrees showcase last year, the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology will again be hosting an End of Year Showcase for our Games Degrees!  We would love for you to come along and to bring your friends and family – the event is open to all!

The showcase hosts games produced by the final year students from our Computer Games Technology and Games Design and Development courses in partnership with academics across the university. New to the showcase this year, each student team has developed two games – one in, and one out of, virtual reality. Come along to try out our unique virtual reality experiences!

Pop in at any time during the showcase to try out the games! Light refreshments will be available.  The event is free to attend, and anyone is welcome – there is no age restriction!

Gaming Session

Date: 4th April 2018

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Location: The Flour and Flagon

Gaming Session

An afternoon spent playing tabletop games at The Flour and Flagon.  All are welcome, and please let us know if there is a particular game that you would like to play / bring along.

Funding an Indie Games Studio

Date: 1st March 2018

Time: 14:00-15:00

Location: John Dalton Room E419

Funding an Indie Games Studio

We welcome Sam Rushton, from Creative England, to introduce the topic of funding for indie game studios. Sam will talk through the process of setting up an indie studio, sources of funding, and what investors are looking for in applications. The talk is aimed at undergraduate students, but all are welcome.

Book Club: Critical Play by Mary Flanagan

Date: 28th February 2018

Time: 15.00-16.00

Location: Spanish Steps Brooks Building

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Book Club: Critical Play by Mary Flanagan
Book club meets up once every two months in Manchester to discuss the current book, and thoughts around play and games in general. There is normally the opportunity for a cheeky tipple afterwards as well. If you would like to attend in person, or have any suggestions for future books, please get in touch with Nic.

Northwest Postgraduate Games Research Networking

Date: 21st February 2018

Time: 13:30-16:00

Location: MMU Union, Meeting Room 8

Northwest Postgraduate Games Research Networking

The Games Research Network is excited to be hosting its first meeting for postgraduates researching games and play. This event is intended to lay the foundation for a network of postgraduate students and post-docs from across disciplines, who are working on (or have an interest in) digital games, board/tabletop games, and play.

Games for the Many

Start date: 17th February 2018

End date: 18th February 2018

Time: 11:00 - 17:00

Location: The Shed, MMU

Games for the Many

From Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th February 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University will be hosting a weekend of making political games. All are welcome, from experienced developers to campaigners and activists who have never coded before. For the beginner designers amongst you, GFTM’s game design team will be on hand to give you tips and tricks and a comprehensive introduction to beginner game design tools.

Mark Johnson: The Importance of Gambling to Game Studies

Date: 14th February 2018

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Location: Geoffrey Manton 307

Mark Johnson: The Importance of Gambling to Game Studies

This talk will explore a number of potential intersections between game studies and gambling studies, focusing on how both disciplines can yield a wide range of insight into the domains studied by the other, yet have remained almost entirely separate up to the present day.

Dr. Mark Johnson is a Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of political science at the University of Alberta,

Tabletop Games and Postgrads

Date: 10th January 2018

Time: 14:00 - 17:00

Location: Chat Zone, All Saints Library

Tabletop Games and Postgrads

As part of the PGR January induction at Manchester Metropolitan University, the GRN will be hosting a series of tabletop games in the Library’s Chatzone. All are welcome, and we have a selection of games that last from between 5 minutes to 3 hours.

LARPING ABOUT

Date: 13th December 2017

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Location: Geoffrey Manton building 307

LARPING ABOUT

Get paid for your time! Volunteer for Interface, The Fischer Institute’s new research project

Interface is our exciting new psychological research programme, which focuses on investigating aspects of group psychology, participation and inter-personal interaction. Building on years of research in this area, the Fischer Institute believes that further study of human social interaction in a variety of group participation situations will lead to important discoveries about the psychology of social structures and institutions.

Come along to this session to find out more and sign up.

INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK: HORROR GAMES

Date: 31st October 2017

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Location: Chat Zone, All Saints Library

INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK: HORROR GAMES

As part of International Games Week, we’re running a day of horror-themed gaming in the Chat Zone of All Saints Library. Come and join us, we’ll be playing Mysterium, Dead of Winter, Pandemic: Cthulhu Reign, and many more spooky games for Halloween.

JAPAN IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Date: 28th October 2017

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Location: The Shed/Digital Innovation. Manchester.

JAPAN IN THE DIGITAL AGE

This interdisciplinary, one-day Symposium brings together academics, PG students and practitioners to examine the transformation of Japan in the Digital Age, and the transformation of the Digital Age through Japanese culture, practice, politics, technologies, industries and beyond. Keynote speakers: Ian Condry, Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies, Global Studies and Languages, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and Gen-i Kazuhito (源井 和仁), award-winning media practitioner and Managing Director of Because Co. Ltd, Japan. For more information, please get in touch with Dr. Esperanza Miyake.

HORROR GAMING

Date: 17th October 2017

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Location: John Dalton Building, E007

HORROR GAMING

In this meeting we’ll be meeting up with students from Manchester Met’s gaming society VAGUE to play some horror themed games in preparation for our events in International Games Week.

Global Warming: Playtest

Start date: 20th September 2017

End date: 10th October 2017

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Location: John Dalton Building, E005

Global Warming: Playtest

In this meeting we’ll be playtesting a new game that Paul Wake and Sam Illingworth have been working on, the idea of which is to communicate global warming via tabletop gaming.

19 April 2017. The Salutation, 1-3pm. Playtest – Choose Your Own Researcher Adventure

3 May 2017. The Salutation, 5-7pm. Playtest – Gloom of Kilforth 

17 May 2017. The Salutation,  5-7pm. Playtest – 1066, Tears to Many Mothers

31 May 2017. The Salutation, 6-8pm. Session with Playfuel

21 June 2017. The Salutation, 9am-5pm. Multiplatform 2017 

12-14 July. Brooks Building, Playful Learning Conference 2017

11 January 2017. The Salutation, 1-3pm. Boss Monster.

1 February 2017. The Salutation 201, 5-7pm. Digital Gaming: DOOM

8 February 2017. The Salutation, 1-3pm. Playtest – Social Capital and Thriving Communities board game

22 February 2017. The Salutation, 5-7pm. Storytelling Games: Gloom

1 March 2017. The Salutation, 1-3pm. Playtest – The Game of Resilience

22 March 2017. The Salutation, 6-8pm. Magic: The Gathering.

21 September 2016. Special Collections, 1-3pm. Mascarade.

12 October 2016. The Salutation, 6-9pm. Dead of Winter.

26 October 2016. Special Collections, 1-3pm. Munchkin.

9 November 2016. The Salutation, 6-9pm. Carcassonne.

23 November 2016. The Salutation, 1-3pm. Playtest – Scholarship of Learning and Teaching game.

7 December 2016. The Wharf, 7:30-9:30pm. Mysterium.