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This was a triumph

May 15, 2011

GameCamp 4 has come and gone. Thanks to everyone who made it a totally awesome day. This was our biggest GameCamp yet, with over 225 people attending. Good thing the venue at LSBU was big, because it was packed to the rafters.

GameCamp’s strength is that it can be a total grab-bag of discussions and activities you wouldn’t get anywhere else. The morning and afternoon boards show you the huge variety of sessions:

Image by JamesWallis on Flickr

Image by JamesWallis on Flickr

We had sessions on topics ranging from teaching game design, sex in video games, Little Big Planet and colonialism (!), lemon jousting, and even a zombie-themed live-action LARP with NERF guns that took over the 3rd floor:
image by @simoroth on Twitpic

The day also resulted in a GameCamp group on Steam, for those of you PC gamers out there.

And of course, our board game library kept people well busy on the ground floor.

There’s simply too much to cover in a single blog post. Jetsetnick and Nia Wearn have posted their overviews of the day. If you ran a session please do blog about it, and link to this post – then you’ll end up in the comments, and we can collate some sort of a record of the awesomeness.

Thanks to Princi for doing a stellar job with lunch, even though it was their first catering job ever. Thanks also to our sponsors Vertical Slice for helping fund this awesome day, and to LSBU for letting us take over their enormous Keyworth building.

Most of all, thanks to all of you who came and made the day excellent. GameCamp is a platform for you to share your interest and knowledge of games with others. It wouldn’t be anything without you.

We’re already working on ideas for GameCamp 5, so if you have any feedback we’d love to hear it! Let us know in the comments.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Dr. Mike Reddy permalink
    May 15, 2011 2:30 pm

    Wales? Specifically Newport. If not GC5 then 4b or 5b?

    • trippenbach permalink*
      May 15, 2011 10:14 pm

      Definitely. Let’s make it happen. Email us to discuss!

  2. May 15, 2011 2:56 pm

    Great day! A super mix of talks, glad to see some actual games of a range of types running too. And lunch was awesome – lots of veggies 🙂

  3. May 16, 2011 8:33 pm

    I’ve blogged about Gamecamp at, and I’ve been Storfying and linking them from the session pages here:

    • trippenbach permalink*
      May 17, 2011 8:14 am

      Thanks for the links, Harry.

  4. May 17, 2011 11:16 am

    Some photos:

    mainly of the after party.

  5. Tara permalink
    May 17, 2011 4:28 pm

    I blogged a bit about Game Camp here – It was my first time going and I had a great time. Looking forward to the one in October!


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