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GameCamp 6 is history

May 26, 2013

Another GameCamp has passed, and there’s been a few people murmuring that it may have been the best one yet. It’s hard for us on the committee to tell because we’re so far inside the event that it’s difficult to see out (speaking personally I was able to attend one session over the day, and that was the one I ran), but it felt like a thoroughly good way to spend a Saturday. If you missed it, here’s what you missed:

  • More than sixty talks and demonstrations;
  • The chance to play Tenya Wanya Teens, the extraordinary new game by the creator of Katamari Damacy;
  • An amazing variety of game prototypes, playtests and demos from digital and tabletop designers, including a contingent from the London Educational Games meetup group (LEGup);
  • A session of Rob ‘Playniac’ Davis’s extraordinary Cat On Your Head that devolved into Elephant On Your Head;
  • Hundreds of playtest and demo sessions;
  • The ever-popular library of board-games;
  • Free ‘Gamify the Washing-Up!’ tea-towels for all

There’s a gallery of pics here. If you’ve posted any yourself, please link to them in the comments below.

GameCamp isn’t the sum of its parts, it’s the sum of its attendees. The committee get a lot of thanks but mostly we book a venue and make sure there’s coffee and lunch; you people provide the rest. Thank you all for making it so good.

Special thanks go to:

  • London South Bank University for the venue space
  • Our volunteers: Krishna Israney, Andrew Bell, Darren Grey
  • Haberdashery and Playniac for their fantastic sessions
  • Jo Summers for running the games library
  • All maps and graphics by Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson
  • Hello Coffee To Go for coming down from Stansted to sate our caffeine requirements
  • George Buckenham for bringing Tenya Wanya Teens
  • Princi’s for catering
  • The Ship pub for the after-event

The GameCamp 6 organisers were (alphabetical order): Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson, Erlend Grefsrud, Rob Harris, Siri Hommelsgard, Jeff Sheen, Jo Summers, Siobhan Thomas, Philip Trippenbach and your humble scribe James Wallis.

GameCamp will return, possibly in the autumn. If you’d like to be a part of the low-commitment affable crew of games folk who make it happen, or you have any suggestions for what we should do next, or you want to give us your thoughts on how the day went, then we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line, or post a comment below.

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