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GameCamp5 fast approaches!

May 4, 2012

GameCamp5 is drawing close and with a week and a day to go here are some details of the day ahead. Doors are open from 9:30am allowing you to grab a coffee, post-up details of any session you have planned on The Board and survey what’s been posted for 10:00am when the Unconference schedule goes live. At 4:30pm the sessions close and we head over to the student union for drinks!

Slots in The Board will be 45 minutes long with a break for a delicious lunch, so we recommend a 15/15/15 minute outline for kicking off a discussion, developing the conversation and finishing-off, dispersing and locating your choice of next session.

The popular Board Game Library is back and open all day. Please bring your own games to add to the collection – they will be weighed at the outset and when loaned and returned by other guests. Borrowing and playing games is a great way to enjoy a mix of discussion, meeting people and chilling out.

The Keyworth Centre Mezzanine floor will be a comfortable chill-out zone with beanbags for continuing choice conversations or just taking a break.

WiFi is available – please blog, Tweet, comment and communicate! Official hashtag: #gc5

What people have had to say about previous GameCamps:

  • I’ve run a few sessions where I’ve led the discussion rather than prepared a talk. Its very rare to get artists, programmers, gamers and critics in the same room with free reign to talk about what they want. You get interesting responses and views on things that you had never considered. Its an amazing opportunity. ~ Simon Roth
  • I ran a discussion group on Heavy Rain at GameCamp2 and a taster session for Arkham Horror at BoardGameCamp. It was great to be in a circle of people who were all interested in exploring the themes and how they felt about a game that tried to do something different with the genre. ~ Debbie Timmins
  • ZombieLARP. Running around the abandoned corridors of a university building with NERF guns was amazing. ~ Debbie Timmins
  • Best bits? The ability to just play. ~ Dr. Mike Reddy
  • Very friendly people, amazing food, great organisation. When “all talked out” it was good to get around a board game and make new friends. ~ Sarbjit Bakhshi
  • Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a wide-eyed wannabe, there’ll be something at GameCamp guaranteed to inspire, educate or simply put a grin on your face. ~ Rhianna Pratchett
  • The GameCamps, with their UNconference nature, are unique and there should be more of them. ~ Dr Mike Reddy
  • Free Lego? Dammit I knew I should have gone… ~ANJAL28

Example past session titles:

Games are Art Astrophysics / Gladiatorial session on narrative / Caldsys2 Games 4 dyslexia / 2D art: vector vs pixel vs painting / Nerds: does it matter if we’re all the same? / Bomb disposal

You can find a growing list of attendees and live information on

Information about the venue and travelling to GameCamp5 can be found here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. David Felton permalink
    May 11, 2012 2:19 am

    Hi, this sounds like a fun event but the price is way too high. As a published academic (BA, MA), was thinking of going to give a talk, but I don’t see why I should pay for the privilege. £15 may not sound like a lot of money to you, but for an unemployed person like me, it’s a large and unnecessary expense. No doubt you’ll argue that Game Camp is a not for profit event, and you sought sponsors, etc, but it’s still not acceptable for speakers to pay. One day conferences which take place on a university campus typically have little or no overheads. For such an event, asking for £15 is too much. I would pay £5, but that’s my limit.

  2. trippenbach permalink*
    May 11, 2012 7:28 am

    Hi David. This is a debate we’ve been having for a long time in the GameCamp org committee. GameCamp has always and will always be non-profit, but we need to cover our costs somehow. When we started out as a small indie event, we decided to charge people a small fee so we could provide lunch. (GameCamp wouldn’t be much fun if everyone went hungry!) Since then, GameCamp has grown, and we might review the pricing if we can get more sponsors. In the meantime, we feel that people are still getting a lot for their money, given that participants get a whole day of stimulating conversation, presentations and gaming, including lunch, for their ticket.

    • David Felton permalink
      May 11, 2012 11:12 pm

      I hope you don’t think I’m being malcontent for the sake of being a malcontent, but I do believe you’ve priced yourself too highly. For £16 (ticket + booking fee), I could buy, for example, a ticket to spend the entire day at the London MCM Expo. With the added bonus of apparently getting to meet the chap who played C3PO. Oh my!

      Regardless of how much I might want to attend Game Camp, such a large fee represents an off-putting expense. Of course I agree that people have to eat, bellies have to be filled, and participants have to be kept happy, but I suspect this could probably be done on a smaller budget. Fancy foccacia and a coffee van sound wonderful, but they also sound to me like unnecessary luxuries. I’d be perfectly happy with an alternative ‘bring your own’ lunch, and a broken Nespresso machine that comically scalds all those who try to use it.

      Perhaps in the future you might consider offering two tickets, one to include catering and the other as a ‘just the conference’ experience. I see 38 unsold tickets for your event as 38 people who would like to be there tomorrow, but perhaps are young penniless students, unemployed arts graduates, or merely decided to study computer game design.

      • May 13, 2012 9:32 am

        We are a volunteer committee. Everybody puts in a lot of time and nobody makes a penny from GameCamp. If you think you can organise a similar event and cover your costs by charging £5 a ticket then the *camp format is open for anyone to use, and we would be overjoyed to watch you try.

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