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Saturday, October 25
 

10:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Biome, Knick Knack
Creature Battle Lab, Dojo Arcade
DevSoc
DiscStorm, XMPT Games
Gear Gauntlet, Drop Dead Interactive
Hashtag Dungeon, Sean Oxspring
Idioctopus, Badgerhammer
In a dark, dark space…, SnappyFingers and 2PersonGames
Induction, Bryan Gale
Laser Bash, Ben Wilson
Learning How Players Play Mobile Games, Table Flip Games
Mendel's Farm, StaticGames
Moonlight Souls, Demoniafrey
Pneuma: Breath of Life, deco digital
Pressured, Flump Studios
Raging Justice, Makingames
Robin Hood: SNES, Namespace Games
Smash Hit Plunder, Triangluar Pixels
Spectral, Firepunch Games
Super Rude Bear Resurrection, Vorpal Games
SUPERCOIL, Alexander Erlich
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The GameHub Conciege & GameHub Sessions


Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

GameCity's BIG HOUSEWARMING WEEKEND!
GameCity's BIG HOUSEWARMING WEEKEND!

On the first day of the festival, join us as we take over the old 'Connexions' building on Carlton Street in Hockley, and turn it into a hub for free games and open events.

  • Make a tribute to your favourite game character to be displayed in our Wall of Game! 
  • Build a cardboard arcade cabinet! 
  • Bring us a cup of sugar! 

Mostly - this is an opportunity for you to put yourself into GameCity. Bring along something to stick on the walls - an old game magazine, or a manual, or your own drawings - and help us turn it into a colourful world of relentless brilliant!


Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00 - 16:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Exploring Lumino City

Taking over the ground-floor of our special festival venue is going to be a brand new, exclusive exhibition that we’re created with the amazing people at State of Play. It’s going to take you inside the making of their extraordinary new game, Lumino City.

But this isn’t just going to be screens stuck on walls…

We’ve been working with them to create the inside story on how they make videogames. You’ll be able to see the props and scenes they created, learn about the processes they used, attend gallery tours led by their team and take part in special workshops that take you even deeper inside their handmade-games process.

This is a brand new exhibition of never-before-seen material, and its all for you.



Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Lumino City Lounge
A chance to play State of Play's beautiful new game Lumino City before it is released to the public. The game will be playable all week in the Lumino City Lounge.

The sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off.Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

This event supports the exhibition and workshops created by State of Play that will also be in the venue throughout the week.

Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

The Story Room
The Story Room is a place that you can tell stories with your friends. 

There will be a library of pen and paper games that you can play - some you may have played before and others that you can browse and learn. Pop in and run a game, or join in one that's already taking place.

There will be scheduled games throughout the week, including the Storygames with Tom Hatfield sessions, so make sure to check noticeboards at the venue for detailed times. 

Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Hacked Lunch! Learn AND eat with Adriel Wallick.
Limited Capacity seats available

HACKED LUNCH: Learn and Eat
Bring your lunch and make a game, with professional game developer Adriel Wallick and friends! Using simple tools (and their imaginations), kids will learn how to make a game from start to finish over this lunchtime session.

Aimed towards ages 7-12, this session will teach children the basic concepts of creating their first game - and educate their parents on ways to continue fostering this curiosity at home. Kids will even be able show off their creations to an audience and take the final product home with them! No previous experience with computers required.

Reserve your place at this event here 


Saturday October 25, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

High-Score-Noon : Canabalt
The clock strike twelve and battle begins!

Everyday at midday GameCity will be hosting a hi-score challenge on a fiendishly difficult game of OUR choice.

You have ONE chance to top the leaderboard, do you want to step up?




Saturday October 25, 2014 12:00 - 12:45
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

AREEF: Multi-Player Underwater Augmented Reality Game

In collaboration with The Creative Quarter we present AREEF, the world's first multi-player Underwater Augmented Reality game. AREEF lets you swim with virtual fishes in a real pool at the Victoria Leisure Centre in Nottingham. Using our water-proofed tablet computers, up to three kids (age 8-12) at a time can dive into a fascinating new game world and complete small quests in a virtual coral reef environment.

AREEF is the result of a Korean-German research project that was led by Fraunhofer FIT, Germany. For the first time ever, the game will now staged in the UK as part of GameCity 9.

IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION!

You need to book in advance to play AREEF! You can do this by calling into your nearest Nottingham City Leisure centre, or by calling 0115 8761600

There is a £1.50 charge per-participant to take part.

Parents will be able to attend with their child to support them at no cost in a non-participating role.


Available time slots : 

12:15 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:15
15:15 - 16:00 



Saturday October 25, 2014 12:00 - 16:00
Victoria Swimming Baths

12:00

Lets make a map!
Join Tammy Nicholls as she helps us to map our festival venue! It's a big space, and a delightfully confusing space, full of brilliant, exciting and suprising things. 

Explore our building!
Have amazing experiences in rooms!
Help us build a map about the things you saw and the feelings you felt!

Collectively we will make a map filled with wacky structures and meaningful symbols. It will be a map that we can show everyone else that comes to GameCity to show people both where things are and the experiences that people had. We'll have a load of craft materials on hand so you can make our map out of whether you like - whether that's card, pennies or plastecine. 

Exhibitors

Saturday October 25, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Accelerunner, Alan Zucconi & Nicoll Hunt
Biome, Knick Knack
Controller Wars 1D Alpha, Hazel Savage
Creature Battle Lab, Dojo Arcade
DevSoc
DiscStorm, XMPT Games
Don't Walk: RUN!, Torque Studios
Fragments, Adam Curtis
Gear Gauntlet, Drop Dead Interactive
Hashtag Dungeon, Sean Oxspring
Idioctopus, Badgerhammer
In a dark, dark space…, SnappyFingers and 2PersonGames
Induction, Bryan Gale
Kingdoms, Space Bears
Laser Bash, Ben Wilson
Learning How Players Play Mobile Games, Table Flip Games
Mendel's Farm, StaticGames
Moonlight Souls, Demoniafrey
Planet Quest, outofthebit
Pneuma: Breath of Life, deco digital
Pressured, Flump Studios
Raging Justice, Makingames
Robin Hood: SNES, Namespace Games
Smash Hit Plunder, Triangluar Pixels
Spectral, Firepunch Games
Super Rude Bear Resurrection, Vorpal Games
SUPERCOIL, Alexander Erlich
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The GameHub Conciege & GameHub Sessions The Playful Cook (Gallery 1)


Saturday October 25, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

Total Werewolf, Jake Tucker
Experience classic party game Werewolf with a twist. Werewolf is a game modelling a conflict between an informed minority and an uninformed majority as the Werewolves try to take out the visitors and evade detection. 

With 20 players and custom roles, what information can you believe? Who do you trust?

Saturday October 25, 2014 14:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

19:00

Drinks at the King Billy
Have some drinks and play some games at the King Billy! Come along and play some classic games - Dominoes, Cribbage, Table Skittles, Shove-Happeny and so on. You can either have a relaxing game or be competitive and take part in one of the tournaments. 

Saturday October 25, 2014 19:00 - 23:30
The King Billy Eyre St, Nottingham, NG2 4PB
 
Sunday, October 26
 

10:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Biome, Knick Knack
Colour Park, Crystalline Green
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Creature Battle Lab, Dojo Arcade
DevSocDiscStorm, XMPT Games
Don't Walk: RUN!, Torque Studios
Gear Gauntlet, Drop Dead Interactive
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
GlobeMC
Guild of Dungeoneering, Gambrinous
Hashtag Dungeon, Sean Oxspring
Idioctopus, Badgerhammer
In a dark, dark space…, SnappyFingers and 2PersonGames
Induction, Bryan Gale
Laser Bash, Ben Wilson
Learning How Players Play Mobile Games, Table Flip Games
Mendel's Farm, StaticGames
Raging Justice, Makingames
Robin Hood: SNES, Namespace Games
Smash Hit Plunder, Triangluar Pixels
Super Rude Bear Resurrection, Vorpal Games
SUPERCOIL, Alexander Erlich
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The Doppelganger
The GameHub Concierge


Sunday October 26, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

GameCity's BIG HOUSEWARMING WEEKEND!
GameCity's BIG HOUSEWARMING WEEKEND!

On the first weekend of the festival, join us as we take over the old 'Connexions' building on Carlton Street in Hockley, and turn it into a hub for free games and open events.

  • Make a tribute to your favourite game character to be displayed in our Wall of Game! 
  • Build a cardboard arcade cabinet! 
  • Bring us a cup of sugar! 

Mostly - this is an opportunity for you to put yourself into GameCity. Bring along something to stick on the walls - an old game magazine, or a manual, or your own drawings - and help us turn it into a colourful world of relentless brilliant!


Sunday October 26, 2014 10:00 - 16:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Exploring Lumino City

Taking over the ground-floor of our special festival venue is going to be a brand new, exclusive exhibition that we’re created with the amazing people at State of Play. It’s going to take you inside the making of their extraordinary new game, Lumino City.

But this isn’t just going to be screens stuck on walls…

We’ve been working with them to create the inside story on how they make videogames. You’ll be able to see the props and scenes they created, learn about the processes they used, attend gallery tours led by their team and take part in special workshops that take you even deeper inside their handmade-games process.

This is a brand new exhibition of never-before-seen material, and its all for you.



Sunday October 26, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Lumino City Lounge
A chance to play State of Play's beautiful new game Lumino City before it is released to the public. The game will be playable all week in the Lumino City Lounge.

The sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off.Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

This event supports the exhibition and workshops created by State of Play that will also be in the venue throughout the week.

Sunday October 26, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Board Game Cafe with Gaming Lambs

Our cafe is a place where you can put your feet up, relax and have a nice cuppa - whilst betraying your friends in a game of the Resistance. From Sunday 26th onwards there will be a library of board games that you can pick-up and play.

The games have been carefully selected by Nottingham’s own Gaming Lambs who will be on hand on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to teach people how to play and run some specially selected games that will get you laughing, thinking and cursing your luck.


Sunday October 26, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity (CafeBar) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

The Story Room
The Story Room is a place that you can tell stories with your friends. 

There will be a library of pen and paper games that you can play - some you may have played before and others that you can browse and learn. Pop in and run a game, or join in one that's already taking place.

There will be scheduled games throughout the week, including the Storygames with Tom Hatfield sessions, so make sure to check noticeboards at the venue for detailed times. 

Sunday October 26, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Hacked Lunch! Learn AND eat with Adriel Wallick.
Limited Capacity seats available

HACKED LUNCH: Learn and Eat
Bring your lunch and make a game, with professional game developer Adriel Wallick and friends! Using simple tools (and their imaginations), kids will learn how to make a game from start to finish over this lunchtime session.

Aimed towards ages 7-12, this session will teach children the basic concepts of creating their first game - and educate their parents on ways to continue fostering this curiosity at home. Kids will even be able show off their creations to an audience and take the final product home with them! No previous experience with computers required.

Reserve your place at this event here! 


Sunday October 26, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

High-Score-Noon : QWOP
The clock strike twelve and battle begins!

Everyday at midday GameCity will be hosting a hi-score challenge on a fiendishly difficult game of OUR choice.

You have ONE chance to top the leaderboard, do you want to step up?




Sunday October 26, 2014 12:00 - 12:45
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
Accelerunner, Alan Zucconi & Nicoll Hunt
Biome, Knick Knack
Colour Park, Crystalline Green
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Creature Battle Lab, Dojo Arcade
DEEP, Owen Harris
DevSoc
DiscStorm, XMPT Games
Don't Walk: RUN!, Torque Studios
Fragments, Adam Curtis
Gear Gauntlet, Drop Dead Interactive
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
GlobeMC
Guild of Dungeoneering, Gambrinous
Hashtag Dungeon, Sean Oxspring
Idioctopus, Badgerhammer
In a dark, dark space…, SnappyFingers and 2PersonGames
Induction, Bryan Gale
Laser Bash, Ben Wilson
Learning How Players Play Mobile Games, Table Flip Games
Mendel's Farm, StaticGames
Planet Quest, outofthebit
Raging Justice, Makingames
Robin Hood: SNES, Namespace Games
Smash Hit Plunder, Triangluar Pixels
Super Rude Bear Resurrection, Vorpal Games
SUPERCOIL, Alexander Erlich
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The Doppelganger
The GameHub Concierge
The Playful Cook, Zach Wood (Gallery 1)
Tricone Lab, Partickhill Games


Sunday October 26, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

13:00

AREEF: Multi-Player Underwater Augmented Reality Game

In collaboration with The Creative Quarter we present AREEF, the world's first multi-player Underwater Augmented Reality game. AREEF lets you swim with virtual fishes in a real pool at the Victoria Leisure Centre in Nottingham. Using our water-proofed tablet computers, up to three kids (age 8-12) at a time can dive into a fascinating new game world and complete small quests in a virtual coral reef environment.

AREEF is the result of a Korean-German research project that was led by Fraunhofer FIT, Germany. For the first time ever, the game will now staged in the UK as part of GameCity 9.

IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION!

You need to book in advance to play AREEF! You can do this by calling into your nearest Nottingham City Leisure centre, or by calling 0115 8761600

There is a £1.50 charge per-participant to take part.

Parents will be able to attend with their child to support them at no cost in a non-participating role.


Available time slots : 

12:15 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:15
15:15 - 16:00 



Sunday October 26, 2014 13:00 - 17:00
Victoria Swimming Baths

19:00

Drinks at the King Billy
Have some drinks and play some games at the King Billy! Come along and play some classic games - Dominoes, Cribbage, Table Skittles, Shove-Happeny and so on. You can either have a relaxing game or be competitive and take part in one of the tournaments. 

Sunday October 26, 2014 19:00 - 23:30
The King Billy Eyre St, Nottingham, NG2 4PB
 
Monday, October 27
 

10:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Access, Secret Overground Lab
Biome, Knick Knack
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Congo War Child, Planet Head
DevSoc
Guild of Dungeoneering, Gambrinous
Hashtag Dungeon, Sean Oxspring
In a dark, dark space…, SnappyFingers and 2PersonGames
Induction, Bryan Gale
Mimic, Team Mimic
NFTS Games Showcase
Robin Hood: SNES, Namespace Games
Tap Happy Sabotage
Tricone Lab, Partickhill Games


Monday October 27, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

The Story Room
The Story Room is a place that you can tell stories with your friends. 

There will be a library of pen and paper games that you can play - some you may have played before and others that you can browse and learn. Pop in and run a game, or join in one that's already taking place.

There will be scheduled games throughout the week, including the Storygames with Tom Hatfield sessions, so make sure to check noticeboards at the venue for detailed times. 

Monday October 27, 2014 10:00 - 15:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Exploring Lumino City

Taking over the ground-floor of our special festival venue is going to be a brand new, exclusive exhibition that we’re created with the amazing people at State of Play. It’s going to take you inside the making of their extraordinary new game, Lumino City.

But this isn’t just going to be screens stuck on walls…

We’ve been working with them to create the inside story on how they make videogames. You’ll be able to see the props and scenes they created, learn about the processes they used, attend gallery tours led by their team and take part in special workshops that take you even deeper inside their handmade-games process.

This is a brand new exhibition of never-before-seen material, and its all for you.



Monday October 27, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Lumino City Lounge
A chance to play State of Play's beautiful new game Lumino City before it is released to the public. The game will be playable all week in the Lumino City Lounge.

The sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off.Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

This event supports the exhibition and workshops created by State of Play that will also be in the venue throughout the week.

Monday October 27, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Board Game Cafe

Our cafe is a place where you can put your feet up, relax and have a nice cuppa - whilst betraying your friends in a game of the Resistance. From Sunday 26th onwards there will be a library of board games that you can pick-up and play.

The games have been carefully selected by Nottingham’s own Gaming Lambs who will be on hand on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to teach people how to play and run some specially selected games that will get you laughing, thinking and cursing your luck.


Monday October 27, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity (CafeBar) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:30

State of Play: Shoebox Stories with Katherine Bidwell
Join Lumino City creator Katherine Bidwell to create a 3D shoebox world. Your shoebox will become part of a large storyboard developed throughout GameCity. With a beginning and end shoebox already completed participants will fill in the blanks. 

Inspired by Lumino City, participants will first take a look around the Lumino City exhibition and game models, to help inspire their own mini-worlds in a shoebox. Participants will then plan their design, then set about creating their own versions using paper, card, glue and cutouts. Step by step advice will be given by Katherine throughout the workshop and you will have the opportunity to practice different techniques in craft and design, and get to grips with a different style of game design.

Exhibitors
KB

Katherine Bidwell

State of Play Games, creator of Lumino City



Monday October 27, 2014 10:30 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Story Games: The Quiet Year
Roleplaying games allow you to create shared stories between you and your friends. Create tales of the time you joined the Mouse Guard and fought a snake, of when you stopped your friend summoning the Ancient One that will destroy the earth or the lovely adventures you had travelling on an airship.

The Story Room is the place where you can come and play these games. You can run your own session or just turn up and see what it's all about. In addition to Tom Hatfield's sessions daily between Monday and Friday, there will be some additional scheduled sessions including games of:

The Quiet Year: The Quiet Year is a map game. You define the struggles of a post-apocalyptic community, and attempt to build something good within their quiet year. Every decision and every action is set against a backdrop of dwindling time and rising concern.

The Warren:
Players take on the roles of intelligent rabbits trying to make the best of a world filled with hazards, predators and, worst of all, other rabbits. 

Dog Eat Dog:
A game of colonialism and its consequences. A very clever and hard-hitting game, but with systems that are very easy to learn.

These sessions are first come, first served so turn up early! Sched sign-up doesn't gaurantee participation.

Monday October 27, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Hacked Lunch! Learn AND eat with Adriel Wallick.
Limited Capacity seats available

HACKED LUNCH: Learn and Eat
Bring your lunch and make a game, with professional game developer Adriel Wallick and friends! Using simple tools (and their imaginations), kids will learn how to make a game from start to finish over this lunchtime session.

Aimed towards ages 7-12, this session will teach children the basic concepts of creating their first game - and educate their parents on ways to continue fostering this curiosity at home. Kids will even be able show off their creations to an audience and take the final product home with them! No previous experience with computers required.

Reserve your ticket for this event here!


Monday October 27, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

High-Score-Noon : Tony Hawks 4
The clock strike twelve and battle begins!

Everyday at midday GameCity will be hosting a hi-score challenge on a fiendishly difficult game of OUR choice.

You have ONE chance to top the leaderboard, do you want to step up?




Monday October 27, 2014 12:00 - 12:45
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

LadyCADE: Showcase

Join us for an afternoon of women-friendly gaming! This event is open to all genders, but is particularly inclusive for those who enjoy and make games, and happen to be women. Join in the arcade, with games including:

  • Bang Bang Bang! & There Shall be Lancing (Sophie Houlden)
  • Tengami (Nyamyam)
  • Pixel Rift (Ana Ribeiro)
  • PixelPics (StompyBlondie)
  • Mimic (Team Mimic)
  • Robin Hood: SNES (Namespace Games)
  • Mushroom 11 (Untame Games)

Exhibitors
avatar for Gemma Thomson

Gemma Thomson

CEO & Designer, Box Kaleidoscope
Game designer and CEO of Box Kaleidoscope; co-founder of LadyCADE.



Monday October 27, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 1) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Access, Secret Overground Lab
Biome, Knick Knack
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Congo War Child, Planet Head
DEEP, Owen Harris
DevSoc
Fragments, Adam Curtis
Guild of Dungeoneering, Gambrinous
Hashtag Dungeon, Sean Oxspring
In a dark, dark space…, SnappyFingers and 2PersonGames
Induction, Bryan Gale
Mimic, Team Mimic
NFTS Games Showcase
Robin Hood: SNES, Namespace Games
Run Ann Run, Darren Daley
Tap Happy Sabotage
The Adventures of Square, Big Brik Games
The GameHub Concierge
The Playful Cook, Zach Wood (Gallery 1)



Monday October 27, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:30

Gaming Futures - Part 1: Tales of the Unexpected Commission

This event will be an exploration of new avenues for developers to display their work, get commissioned, and ultimately generate new income streams. Expect insightful conversations around cultural organisations, alternative platforms, commercial partnerships and unexpected commissioners. There are more organisations out there buying games and playful experiences than you may have realised!  

During this event you will get the opportunity to network with likeminded businesses. There will a Q+A session at the end of the event for you to get helpful advice for your business.

Speakers
  • Colin MacDonald - Games Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
  • Iain Dodgeon - Creative Partnerships Manager, Wellcome Trust
  • Hannah Nicklin - Theatre maker, producer, game designer/writer, academic
  • and more tbc


Gaming Futures is a new panel series by Nottingham Trent University's Working With You... programme in collaboration with The Creative Quarter.

This series of free events aims to support new businesses and independent creatives based in the East Midlands to grow and innovate by looking at the videogame and tech industries of the near-future. Industry leading panel speakers will share with you their insights into key areas allowing you to develop your business further.

If you are a small to medium business in the East Midlands, NTU's dedicated Working With You... team can offer you funded support, practical advice and easy access to the University's knowledge and resources. NTU are committed to helping business growth in the region through the Working With You... programme, which is part funded by the ERDF.

If you would like to reserve a space for yourself or a representative from your business, please sign up to the Eventbrite here.


Exhibitors
ID

Iain Dodgeon

Creative Partnerships Manager, Wellcome Trust
CM

Colin MacDonald

Games Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
HN

Hannah Nicklin

Theatre maker, producer, game designer/writer, and occasional academic.



Monday October 27, 2014 12:30 - 14:30
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:30

Standpoint: How grief can form a game
Developing a game where the player has the ability to walk on any surface they see presents some unique challenges. Trying to include a cohesive theme in to the game only compounds things. Join one of the developers of Standpoint as he speaks about his descoveries through designing and developing the game.

Exhibitors
NJ

Nathan John

Unruly Attractions
Developer of Standpoint, Co-founder of Unruly Attractions, Hater of Boredom and Master of Mechanics.


Monday October 27, 2014 14:30 - 15:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:00

Dear Diary: Autobiographical Game Design and You
THIS TALK IS SUITABLE FOR OVER 16's ONLY

Are you tired of never seeing your life have any presence in your art?

Do your game designs lean away from autobiography because you can't figure out how to depict aspects of your life without ruining the "game" bit?

Come and sit down with Christos "failnaut" Reid as he recounts the madcap journey of making games about mental health, prejudice and love. All welcome, whether you're a veteran game developer or someone who thinks Mario looks a bit down sometimes.

Exhibitors
avatar for Christos Reid

Christos Reid

founder, failnaut
Christos Reid, also known as "failnaut", is a creative wearing many hats - production, marketing, development, music, events and teaching, in addition to a lot of public speaking. Follow him @failnaut on Twitter.



Monday October 27, 2014 15:00 - 15:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:00

Story Games with Tom Hatfield: Inverse World
Roleplaying games allow you to create shared stories between you and your friends. Create tales of the time you joined the Mouse Guard and fought a snake, of when you stopped your friend summoning the Ancient One that will destroy the earth or the lovely adventures you had travelling on an airship.

Between Monday and Friday during the festival freelance game journalist Tom Hatfield will be teaching you to play some of his favourite games. It doesn't matter whether you've never played this type of game before (or even heard of them!), this event is open to anyone who is curious and wants to play.

Each day there will be different games to play, including:

Monday: Inverse World - An airship adventuring 'weird fantasy' setting for the popular Dungeon World system where you play to find out what happens.

Tuesday: Feng Shui 2 - Channel your inner John Woo or Jackie Chan in the classic game of Hong Kong action cinema.

Wednesday: Breakfast Cult - A group of high school students meet in detention to chat, bond and figure out which one of them is secretly summoning an eldritch horror.

Thursday: Mouse Guard - The brave adventurers of the Mouse Guard are the only thing that can protect their fellow rodents from danger and predators.

Friday: Gamma World - Play as an electric cockroach, a robotic kitten or a siesmic yeti in a bizzare post apocalyptic world of mishmash mutations.

These sessions are first come, first served so turn up early! Sched sign-up doesn't gaurantee participation.

Exhibitors


Monday October 27, 2014 15:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:30

Arcane Play: Occult Influences in Games ... & Vice Versa
Limited Capacity full

THIS TALK IS SUITABLE FOR OVER 16's ONLY

Charlene Putney will explore the influence of the occult on modern games, and how we can apply playful techniques from the world of magick to our games and our ideas.

Rooting firmly in real examples, quick-hit inspiration and practical techniques, we'll start by looking at a showcase of games that use occult themes and end up wandering through such concepts as alchemy, reality selection, neuro-linguistic programming, chaos magick, and tarot.

At the end, every attendee will leave with at least one gotta-do-it-now idea liberated from their own subconscious.

Disclaimer: This talk will be weird

Exhibitors
avatar for Charlene Putney

Charlene Putney

Hi, I'm Charlene! I'm a writer and lecturer from Ireland. Right now, my mind is swirling with edits for the first draft of my fantasy novel. When I'm not writing my book, I write for video games, lecture on project management for game design, run workshops on interactive fiction and do management consulting for creative freelancers. Oh, and lots of yoga! I like to speak on the intersections between play and psychology, most recently speaking to... Read More →



Monday October 27, 2014 15:30 - 16:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

16:00

The Sounds of Nuclear Throne
THIS TALK IS SUITABLE FOR OVER 16's ONLY

Following on from last year's 'Sounds of BADLAND' talk, Joonas Turner is back to talk about the Sounds of Nuclear Throne. Find out about the sound design process of Nuclear Throne, Vlambeer's latest action roguelike-like about mutants that spend their workdays trying to fight for the throne in a post-apocalyptic world. 

The talk will cover topics including the planning phase, sound creation and sound scouting, voice acting and about the language the mutants use in the game and the current state of the game.

The talk will cover violence and other gutsy stuff, so it is suitable for over 16's only.
 

Exhibitors
avatar for Joonas Turner

Joonas Turner

Joonas Turner is a sound designer and a voice actor from Helsinki, Finland. He has worked on a bunch of games including Nuclear Throne from Vlambeer, Badland 1 & 2 by Frogmind Games, Broforce by Free Lives, Downwell by Moppin and loads of other games! Currently he is working on games such as Fara & The Eye Of Darkness by Spaceboy Games and Gunkatana by Torn Page Games Limited and his own commercial game Tormentor X Punisher amongst others.


Monday October 27, 2014 16:00 - 16:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

16:30

Choosing appropriate Human Interface Technology for Virtual Reality
THIS TALK IS SUITABLE FOR OVER 16's ONLY

With Facebook buying Oculus for a tremor inducing $2 billion dollars, the world of consumer VR is fast becoming a reality. How ever amazing your virtual world might be though, the immersive illusion can disintegrate at an alarming rate if you don't use appropriate input technology. This talk will look at various Human interface and input technologies for VR and the considerations you should make when deciding which is best for your project.

Monday October 27, 2014 16:30 - 17:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

17:00

LadyCADE

Please note that all evening events within the GameCity building on Carlton Street require photographic indentification regardless of age.

Join us for a night of women-friendly chat and gaming! This event is open to all genders, but is particularly inclusive for those who enjoy and make games, and happen to be women. Grab a drink and join in the arcade, with games including:

  • Bang Bang Bang! & There Shall be Lancing (Sophie Houlden)
  • Tengami (Nyamyam)
  • Pixel Rift (Ana Ribeiro)
  • PixelPics (StompyBlondie)
  • Mimic (Team Mimic)
  • Robin Hood: SNES (Namespace Games)
  • and more!

Exhibitors
avatar for Gemma Thomson

Gemma Thomson

CEO & Designer, Box Kaleidoscope
Game designer and CEO of Box Kaleidoscope; co-founder of LadyCADE.



Monday October 27, 2014 17:00 - 23:30
GameCity (CafeBar) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

20:00

ACTION ALL THE WAY
A celebration of the action movies that inspired the videogames that inspired an industry!

Come along to eat twinkies while watching Die hard, play along to Predator with some co-op arcade fun in Tango Fiesta, and go all rose-tinted as you Smash TV your way through a viewing of The Running Man!

Exhibitors


Monday October 27, 2014 20:00 - 23:30
The King Billy Eyre St, Nottingham, NG2 4PB
 
Tuesday, October 28
 

10:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Access, Secret Overground Lab
Blendimals, Space Squirrel
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Congo War Child, Planet Head
DevSoc
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
GlobeMC
Hashtag Dungeon, Sean Oxspring
Mimic, Team Mimic
Musclecat Showdown, Major Bueno
NFTS Games Showcase
Redirection, Daniel Ratcliffe
Robin Hood: SNES, Namespace Games
Run Ann Run, Darren Daley
The Doppelganger
The GameHub Concierge
Tricone Lab, Partickhill Games



Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

The Story Room
The Story Room is a place that you can tell stories with your friends. 

There will be a library of pen and paper games that you can play - some you may have played before and others that you can browse and learn. Pop in and run a game, or join in one that's already taking place.

There will be scheduled games throughout the week, including the Storygames with Tom Hatfield sessions, so make sure to check noticeboards at the venue for detailed times. 

Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00 - 13:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Exploring Lumino City

Taking over the ground-floor of our special festival venue is going to be a brand new, exclusive exhibition that we’re created with the amazing people at State of Play. It’s going to take you inside the making of their extraordinary new game, Lumino City.

But this isn’t just going to be screens stuck on walls…

We’ve been working with them to create the inside story on how they make videogames. You’ll be able to see the props and scenes they created, learn about the processes they used, attend gallery tours led by their team and take part in special workshops that take you even deeper inside their handmade-games process.

This is a brand new exhibition of never-before-seen material, and its all for you.



Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Lumino City Lounge
A chance to play State of Play's beautiful new game Lumino City before it is released to the public. The game will be playable all week in the Lumino City Lounge.

The sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off.Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

This event supports the exhibition and workshops created by State of Play that will also be in the venue throughout the week.

Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Board Game Cafe with Gaming Lambs

Our cafe is a place where you can put your feet up, relax and have a nice cuppa - whilst betraying your friends in a game of the Resistance. From Sunday 26th onwards there will be a library of board games that you can pick-up and play.

The games have been carefully selected by Nottingham’s own Gaming Lambs who will be on hand on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to teach people how to play and run some specially selected games that will get you laughing, thinking and cursing your luck.


Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity (CafeBar) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:30

State of Play: Shoebox Stories with Katherine Bidwell
Join Lumino City creator Katherine Bidwell to create a 3D shoebox world. Your shoebox will become part of a large storyboard developed throughout GameCity. With a beginning and end shoebox already completed participants will fill in the blanks. 

Inspired by Lumino City, participants will first take a look around the Lumino City exhibition and game models, to help inspire their own mini-worlds in a shoebox. Participants will then plan their design, then set about creating their own versions using paper, card, glue and cutouts. Step by step advice will be given by Katherine throughout the workshop and you will have the opportunity to practice different techniques in craft and design, and get to grips with a different style of game design.

Exhibitors
KB

Katherine Bidwell

State of Play Games, creator of Lumino City



Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:30 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Games for Love and Healing
Limited Capacity full

Games for Love and Healing

Games can do pretty much anything.
This talk is all about games that focus on loving others, helping people through difficult times, and reaching out to others and letting them know they matter. Examples will be provided, as well as methods of how to design specifically around empathy and love, as well as how to use games as a method for the designer themselves to work through difficult issues.

Tuesday October 28, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Story Games: The Warren
Roleplaying games allow you to create shared stories between you and your friends. Create tales of the time you joined the Mouse Guard and fought a snake, of when you stopped your friend summoning the Ancient One that will destroy the earth or the lovely adventures you had travelling on an airship.

The Story Room is the place where you can come and play these games. You can run your own session or just turn up and see what it's all about. In addition to Tom Hatfield's sessions daily between Monday and Friday, there will be some additional scheduled sessions including games of:

The Quiet Year: The Quiet Year is a map game. You define the struggles of a post-apocalyptic community, and attempt to build something good within their quiet year. Every decision and every action is set against a backdrop of dwindling time and rising concern.

The Warren:
Players take on the roles of intelligent rabbits trying to make the best of a world filled with hazards, predators and, worst of all, other rabbits. 

Dog Eat Dog:
A game of colonialism and its consequences. A very clever and hard-hitting game, but with systems that are very easy to learn.

Tuesday October 28, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Hacked Lunch! Learn AND eat with Adriel Wallick.
Limited Capacity seats available

HACKED LUNCH: Learn and Eat
Bring your lunch and make a game, with professional game developer Adriel Wallick and friends! Using simple tools (and their imaginations), kids will learn how to make a game from start to finish over this lunchtime session.

Aimed towards ages 7-12, this session will teach children the basic concepts of creating their first game - and educate their parents on ways to continue fostering this curiosity at home. Kids will even be able show off their creations to an audience and take the final product home with them! No previous experience with computers required.
 
Reserve your place for this event here! 


Tuesday October 28, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

High-Score-Noon : Threes (time trial mode)
The clock strike twelve and battle begins!

Everyday at midday GameCity will be hosting a hi-score challenge on a fiendishly difficult game of OUR choice.

You have ONE chance to top the leaderboard, do you want to step up?




Tuesday October 28, 2014 12:00 - 12:45
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
Access, Secret Overground Lab
Blendimals, Space Squirrel
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Congo War Child, Planet Head
DevSoc
Fragments, Adam Curtis
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
GlobeMC
Hashtag Dungeon, Sean Oxspring
Mimic, Team Mimic
Musclecat Showdown, Major Bueno
Mutiny!, Hidden Armarda
NFTS Games Showcase
Pixel Rift, Ana Ribeiro
Redirection, Daniel Ratcliffe
Robin Hood: SNES, Namespace Games
Shu, Coatsink Software
The Adventures of Square, Big Brik Games
The Doppelganger
The GameHub Concierge


Tuesday October 28, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:30

Lumino City - Designers Tour
Limited Capacity full

Take a walk around the Lumino City exhibition in the company of its creators. This is a unique opportunity to get a unique perspective on the creation of this amazing new game.

 

Tuesday October 28, 2014 12:30 - 13:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

13:30

Autobiographical Games
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever wanted to create a game that doesn't just tell a story, but tells yours?

Christos "failnaut" Reid is a developer with a reputation for making games he describes as autobiography. A beneficiary of the rise of accessible game-making tools and a more diverse and interesting pool of videogames covering everything from mental health to sexuality, Christos invites you to sit down with him and work out how you could go about representing your life with videogames, in addition to discussing the topic with like-minded people who would like to do the same.

Note: please feel free to bring along pens, pencils, paper, and anything you think would help you think through and talk about your ideas. To leave with a formulated concept in mind is a great goal for this workshop!

Exhibitors
avatar for Christos Reid

Christos Reid

founder, failnaut
Christos Reid, also known as "failnaut", is a creative wearing many hats - production, marketing, development, music, events and teaching, in addition to a lot of public speaking. Follow him @failnaut on Twitter.


Tuesday October 28, 2014 13:30 - 14:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

Visiting Lumino City - State of Play
Limited Capacity full

The brilliant State of Play take you on a unique journey inside their new handmade adventure, Lumino City. 

Producer, Games Designer and Model Maker, Katherine Bidwell, and Director of Photography, Tom Hooker, will be on-hand to show you the extraordinary process that the studio uses to create their signature style.

Don't forget to visit the exhibition! 

Tuesday October 28, 2014 14:00 - 15:30
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

STEAM School : ComputerCraft EDU
Limited Capacity seats available

The amazing TeacherGaming workshops are back to visit GameCity again on their European Tour!

Minecraft Players!
Take your creativity to the next level with this fun interactive workshop, which uses the worldwide smash-hit game Minecraft to teach the fundamentals of computer programming. No prior experience required.

Tickets are limited - book your place here!




Tuesday October 28, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies 6-10 Convent St, Nottingham NG1 3LL

15:00

Story Games with Tom Hatfield: Feng Shui 2
Roleplaying games allow you to create shared stories between you and your friends. Create tales of the time you joined the Mouse Guard and fought a snake, of when you stopped your friend summoning the Ancient One that will destroy the earth or the lovely adventures you had travelling on an airship.

Between Monday and Friday during the festival freelance game journalist Tom Hatfield will be teaching you to play some of his favourite games. It doesn't matter whether you've never played this type of game before (or even heard of them!), this event is open to anyone who is curious and wants to play.

Each day there will be different games to play, including:

Monday: Inverse World - An airship adventuring 'weird fantasy' setting for the popular Dungeon World system where you play to find out what happens.

Tuesday: Feng Shui 2 - Channel your inner John Woo or Jackie Chan in the classic game of Hong Kong action cinema.

Wednesday: Breakfast Cult - A group of high school students meet in detention to chat, bond and figure out which one of them is secretly summoning an eldritch horror.

Thursday: Mouse Guard - The brave adventurers of the Mouse Guard are the only thing that can protect their fellow rodents from danger and predators.

Friday: Gamma World - Play as an electric cockroach, a robotic kitten or a siesmic yeti in a bizzare post apocalyptic world of mishmash mutations.

These sessions are first come, first served so turn up early! Sched sign-up doesn't gaurantee participation.

Exhibitors


Tuesday October 28, 2014 15:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

17:00

WINNER STAYS ON
Winner Stays On in association with BrewDog presents a thrilling evening of punching and getting each other.

Featuring:

Nidhogg (tournament)
Streetfighter
Hidden in Plain Sight
Mario Kart 8
Towerfall Ascension

and

The 1up video game quiz

Plus

Salty Bets streaming at the bar

So come along and compete, or just play some games


Tuesday October 28, 2014 17:00 - 23:30
BrewDog 20 - 22 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL

20:00

The Wise Old Games Owl's Late Night Chat Show
Imagine Mrs. Merton but with a puppet owl... and about games... and live at Game City!

The lives and works of games developers are endlessly fascinating. So who better than a Wise Old Puppet Owl to host a chat show with some of the most interesting people from the festival, ruffle a few feathers, and possibly provide a little bit of wisdom of his own. With news from around the festival and from the industry at large, and the very best special guests, it'll be a hoot!

Exhibitors


Tuesday October 28, 2014 20:00 - 23:30
The King Billy Eyre St, Nottingham, NG2 4PB
 
Wednesday, October 29
 

10:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Colour Park, Crystalline Green
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Criminel, Bojan Brbora
Blendimals, Space Squirrel
DevSoc
Games Showcase, University of South Wales
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
Hero.coli, Raphael Goujet
Musclecat Showdown, Major Bueno
Mutiny!, Hidden Armarda
NFTS Games Showcase
Polyology, Gridlock Interactive
Redirection, Daniel Ratcliffe
Tap Happy Sabotage
The GameHub Concierge


Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

STEAM School : ComputerCraft EDU
Limited Capacity seats available

The amazing TeacherGaming workshops are back to visit GameCity again on their European Tour!

Minecraft Players! 

Take your creativity to the next level with this fun interactive workshop, which uses the worldwide smash-hit game Minecraft to teach the fundamentals of computer programming. No prior experience required.

Tickets are limited - book your place here!




Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies 6-10 Convent St, Nottingham NG1 3LL

10:00

The Story Room
The Story Room is a place that you can tell stories with your friends. 

There will be a library of pen and paper games that you can play - some you may have played before and others that you can browse and learn. Pop in and run a game, or join in one that's already taking place.

There will be scheduled games throughout the week, including the Storygames with Tom Hatfield sessions, so make sure to check noticeboards at the venue for detailed times. 

Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00 - 13:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Exploring Lumino City

Taking over the ground-floor of our special festival venue is going to be a brand new, exclusive exhibition that we’re created with the amazing people at State of Play. It’s going to take you inside the making of their extraordinary new game, Lumino City.

But this isn’t just going to be screens stuck on walls…

We’ve been working with them to create the inside story on how they make videogames. You’ll be able to see the props and scenes they created, learn about the processes they used, attend gallery tours led by their team and take part in special workshops that take you even deeper inside their handmade-games process.

This is a brand new exhibition of never-before-seen material, and its all for you.



Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Lumino City Lounge
A chance to play State of Play's beautiful new game Lumino City before it is released to the public. The game will be playable all week in the Lumino City Lounge.

The sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off.Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

This event supports the exhibition and workshops created by State of Play that will also be in the venue throughout the week.

Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Board Game Cafe with Gaming Lambs

Our cafe is a place where you can put your feet up, relax and have a nice cuppa - whilst betraying your friends in a game of the Resistance. From Sunday 26th onwards there will be a library of board games that you can pick-up and play.

The games have been carefully selected by Nottingham’s own Gaming Lambs who will be on hand on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to teach people how to play and run some specially selected games that will get you laughing, thinking and cursing your luck.


Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity (CafeBar) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

The Great Indie Games Bake Off
A heated competition in which an assortment of indie games developers bake gaming themed cakes, biscuits, or pastries to be crowned The Great Indie Games Bake Off Champion!

After spending the day sifting, mixing, folding, and baking, each contestant will have their bakes judged by a panel of hungry experts across a range of categories such as ‘retro games’, ‘pixel pastries’, or ‘character cakes’! 

The following day at the the Hearts and Crafts fair we'll be selling whatever the judges haven't scoffed to raise money for Special Effect!



Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:30

State of Play: Shoebox Stories with Katherine Bidwell
Join Lumino City creator Katherine Bidwell to create a 3D shoebox world. Your shoebox will become part of a large storyboard developed throughout GameCity. With a beginning and end shoebox already completed participants will fill in the blanks. 

Inspired by Lumino City, participants will first take a look around the Lumino City exhibition and game models, to help inspire their own mini-worlds in a shoebox. Participants will then plan their design, then set about creating their own versions using paper, card, glue and cutouts. Step by step advice will be given by Katherine throughout the workshop and you will have the opportunity to practice different techniques in craft and design, and get to grips with a different style of game design.

Exhibitors
KB

Katherine Bidwell

State of Play Games, creator of Lumino City



Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:30 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Games and mental health
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Zoe Quinn ("Depression Quest") and Christos "failnaut" Reid ("Hug Marine") as they sit down together to discuss mental health in videogames, autobiography and healing, as well as their own personal work histories and artistic inspirations.

Wednesday October 29, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Story Games: Dog Eat Dog
Limited Capacity full

Roleplaying games allow you to create shared stories between you and your friends. Create tales of the time you joined the Mouse Guard and fought a snake, of when you stopped your friend summoning the Ancient One that will destroy the earth or the lovely adventures you had travelling on an airship.

The Story Room is the place where you can come and play these games. You can run your own session or just turn up and see what it's all about. In addition to Tom Hatfield's sessions daily between Monday and Friday, there will be some additional scheduled sessions including games of:

The Quiet Year: The Quiet Year is a map game. You define the struggles of a post-apocalyptic community, and attempt to build something good within their quiet year. Every decision and every action is set against a backdrop of dwindling time and rising concern.

The Warren:
Players take on the roles of intelligent rabbits trying to make the best of a world filled with hazards, predators and, worst of all, other rabbits. 

Dog Eat Dog:
A game of colonialism and its consequences. A very clever and hard-hitting game, but with systems that are very easy to learn.

These sessions are first come, first served so turn up early! Sched sign-up doesn't gaurantee participation. 

Wednesday October 29, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Hacked Lunch! Learn AND eat with Adriel Wallick.
Limited Capacity seats available

HACKED LUNCH: Learn and Eat
Bring your lunch and make a game, with professional game developer Adriel Wallick and friends! Using simple tools (and their imaginations), kids will learn how to make a game from start to finish over this lunchtime session.

Aimed towards ages 7-12, this session will teach children the basic concepts of creating their first game - and educate their parents on ways to continue fostering this curiosity at home. Kids will even be able show off their creations to an audience and take the final product home with them! No previous experience with computers required.

Reserve your place for this event here! 


Wednesday October 29, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

High-Score-Noon : Super Hexagon
The clock strike twelve and battle begins!

Everyday at midday GameCity will be hosting a hi-score challenge on a fiendishly difficult game of OUR choice.

You have ONE chance to top the leaderboard, do you want to step up?




Wednesday October 29, 2014 12:00 - 12:45
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Colour Park, Crystalline Green
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Criminel, Bojan Brbora
Blendimals, Space Squirrel
DevSoc
Fragments, Adam Curtis
Games Showcase, University of South Wales
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
Hindsight, Jonathan Hatton
Musclecat Showdown, Major Bueno
Mutiny!, Hidden Armarda
NFTS Games Showcase
Pixel Rift, Ana Ribeiro
Polyology, Gridlock Interactive
Redirection, Daniel Ratcliffe
Run Ann Run, Darren Daley
Shu, Coatsink Software
SimAntics: Realistic Anteater Simulator, Lizzywanders and Tom Francis
Super Sword Sword Shield, Snozbot
Tap Happy Sabotage, Alistair Aitcheson
The Adventures of Square, Big Brik Games
The GameHub Concierge



Wednesday October 29, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:30

Lumino City - Designers Tour
Limited Capacity full

Take a walk around the Lumino City exhibition in the company of its creators. This is a unique opportunity to get a unique perspective on the creation of this amazing new game.

 

Wednesday October 29, 2014 12:30 - 13:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:30

Gaming Futures - Part 2: Demystifying alternative ways to raise investment

We all know that money doesn’t grow on trees. We also know that making great games, products and technology doesn’t always equal instant fame, glory and wealth.

Using platforms such as Kickstarter and Patreon, more developers than ever before are turning to new ways of raising the funds that allow them to continue making brilliant things; the way they want to make them. For independent developers, crowdfunding can be a way to stay independent and build an audience for their work. For established teams and studios, it can be a way to make the games they always wanted to make, broaden their audiences and take back control from narrow-minded publishers.

This panel event will be an insight into crowdfunding and other alternative avenues of raising the money you need to keep creating independently.

Speakers

  • Ian Livingstone OBE - Author and Entrepreneur
  • Chris Avellone - Game Designer and Writer at Obisidian Entertainment
  • Henry Smith - Independent developer of GameCity Prize 2013 winning iOS game Spaceteam
  • Jaspal Sohal - Head of Games and Digital, Creative England
  • and more tbc


Gaming Futures is a new panel series by Nottingham Trent University's Working With You... programme in collaboration with The Creative Quarter.

This series of free events aims to support new businesses and independent creatives based in the East Midlands to grow and innovate by looking at the videogame and tech industries of the near-future. Industry leading panel speakers will share with you their insights into key areas allowing you to develop your business further.

If you are a small to medium business in the East Midlands, NTU's dedicated Working With You... team can offer you funded support, practical advice and easy access to the University's knowledge and resources. NTU are committed to helping business growth in the region through the Working With You... programme, which is part funded by the ERDF.

If you would like to reserve a space for yourself or a representative from your business, please sign up via Eventbrite here.


Wednesday October 29, 2014 12:30 - 14:30
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

13:00

The story of how I came to make Tricone Lab
A talk about Tricone Lab:

Tricone Lab is a highly original 2-D puzzle game for PC/Mac/Linux. Each puzzle level is a microscopic multicellular organism. You must use the elements within to create a substance called Tricone. 

Basic resources are combined together to produce compound nodes. In turn these are used to alter the structure of the organism. This allows further reactions, with the end goal of producing Tricone.

The game introduces each gameplay element via a simple tutorial. Once an element such as a cell type or compound node has been mastered, various elements are then combined together to produce dozens of harder puzzles. You can also create your own puzzles using a graphical editor, and share these puzzles for others to solve.

While interacting with the fluid organic microbes has a broad appeal, the advanced levels of the game will most likely attract players who appreciate pure logic puzzles requiring lateral thinking.

Exhibitors
avatar for Josh Singer

Josh Singer

Lead Developer, Partickhill Games Limited
Hey there, | | I'm a hobbyist game developer working on Tricone Lab, a puzzle game with a biological theme. | | B)


Wednesday October 29, 2014 13:00 - 13:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

13:30

Hindsight
A talk about Hindsight: 

The setting: the vivid, ethereal park of the mind.
The problem: repairing the fractured memories of a patient, dispersed across this landscape.
The tool: the photographs of a very unique camera that is far more than it first appears...

Hindsight is a two-screen photography game about photographing the memories of the sick, dying and memory impaired. Acting as a kind of memory doctor, the player moves from the real world presented on a tablet, into the mind of their patient on the main PC screen where they attempt to fix their broken memories.

Your only tool in repairing these damaged memories is a very special camera, which offers some very unique gameplay mechanics. As you explore the vivid world of the mind, you'll quickly come to realise the power of a photograph is far more than mere observation...

Developed as a final-year graduation project, it should be a unique experience with all welcome to have a try! Tablet-based controls make the game very accessible without sacrificing depth of experience.

Previously shown at EGX, come along if you fancy trying something a bit different.

Remember to take plenty of photos!

Exhibitors

Wednesday October 29, 2014 13:30 - 14:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

13:30

Autobiographical Games
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever wanted to create a game that doesn't just tell a story, but tells yours?

Christos "failnaut" Reid is a developer with a reputation for making games he describes as autobiography. A beneficiary of the rise of accessible game-making tools and a more diverse and interesting pool of videogames covering everything from mental health to sexuality, Christos invites you to sit down with him and work out how you could go about representing your life with videogames, in addition to discussing the topic with like-minded people who would like to do the same.

Note: please feel free to bring along pens, pencils, paper, and anything you think would help you think through and talk about your ideas. To leave with a formulated concept in mind is a great goal for this workshop!

Exhibitors
avatar for Christos Reid

Christos Reid

founder, failnaut
Christos Reid, also known as "failnaut", is a creative wearing many hats - production, marketing, development, music, events and teaching, in addition to a lot of public speaking. Follow him @failnaut on Twitter.


Wednesday October 29, 2014 13:30 - 14:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

13:30

Netrunner Lounge

Do you love running nets and making friends? Join us for a delightful Wednesday afternoon of doing both those things, hosted at GameCity. Bring your best Corp and Runner decks and we'll play casual-style, where the stakes are no larger than honour, happiness, and potentially who buys a round that evening...

It doesn't matter whether you're brand new to the game or a veteran of the tournament scene. As long as you can bring your own decks you're welcome to come along, play a few games and pick up a few new tricks. 

Requirements: Netrunner decks


Exhibitors
avatar for Charlene Putney

Charlene Putney

Hi, I'm Charlene! I'm a writer and lecturer from Ireland. Right now, my mind is swirling with edits for the first draft of my fantasy novel. When I'm not writing my book, I write for video games, lecture on project management for game design, run workshops on interactive fiction and do management consulting for creative freelancers. Oh, and lots of yoga! I like to speak on the intersections between play and psychology, most recently speaking to... Read More →


Wednesday October 29, 2014 13:30 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

Digital storytelling with Dawn of the Unread
Dawn of the Unread is an interactive graphic novel that uses a unique gaming function to explore Nottingham's literary history. It was created to address worrying illiteracy statistics in working class boys and to see if it was possible to engage the 'youtube generation' supposedly 'bored' of reading. And here's the carrot: The person who scores highest gets to appear as a character in our final chapter.

Exhibitors

Wednesday October 29, 2014 14:00 - 14:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

Games and Medical Science
Game designers and scientists have a lot in common.
They both spend their time examining interesting systems. Both work experimentally. Both tell stories to make their work relevant to a wider audience. This session will illuminate some of the many different ways in which a direct working relationship between games-makers and scientists can be mutually beneficial - creating richer, more original and more interesting games, while expanding the reach of scientific work. The panel will draw upon examples from their own direct experiences to give guidance and inspiration to anyone working in either field, and to talk specifically about ways in which new work in this area can be funded.

Speakers
* Dr Iain Dodgeon - Creative Partnerships Manager, Wellcome Trust
* Max Scott-Slade - Game Design Director, Glitche.rs
* Dr Michael Hornberger - Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge
* Bojan Brbora - Developer, '4PM'

Wednesday October 29, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

STEAM School : Kerbal EDU
Limited Capacity seats available

KerbalEdu marches Kerbals from their Space Program to the classroom. Explore the solar system with rockets you build yourself and refine your designs when things go awry. Orbits and staging, drag and thrust will all become familiar to you in the process. After all, it’s only rocket science, right?

Book your place here!


Wednesday October 29, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies 6-10 Convent St, Nottingham NG1 3LL

14:30

Tutorials: Teaching Your Players How To Play
Press Start. Most games use that text, or a variant, to tell players how to begin. But why do players need to be instructed? Do players even need to be instructed? Hannah will take you on a trip down memory lane to the era of manuals and beyond. This talk is based on the presenter’s study on tutorial systems in video games and their effectiveness, complete with player data, statistics and real-world examples of both excellent and terrible tutorial usage. You will learn about how tutorials, accessibility, and user experience all tie in together through games in this fun, interactive and informative talk.

Wednesday October 29, 2014 14:30 - 15:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:00

GameConcierge
A talk about GameHub:

GameHub loves GameCity! GameHub, the online video-game advice service for parents, is proud to return to GameCity Nottingham. Visit our stand to chat with our owner/founder and pick up one of our advice sheets, covering all topics, from managing screentime to understanding Minecraft. Any questions or concerns, come ask us! Or try out GameHub Concierge, our free personal shopper service for games; you tell us what your child's interests and passions and we will recommend a suitable, age-appropriate game they are sure to love. 

Exhibitors
avatar for Becky Jowsey

Becky Jowsey

Consumer Advice/Industry Outreach, GameHub
GameHub is a video-game advice service for parents, We work to bridge the gap of understanding between the games industry and ordinary parents and families. We will be presenting our talk "REACHING OUT TO THE GATEKEEPERS" discussing techniques for developers to communicate more positively and effectively with the hidden market of parents of young children to which they make a percentage of their sales. Please come find us to discuss marketing... Read More →


Wednesday October 29, 2014 15:00 - 15:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:00

Story Games with Tom Hatfield: Breakfast Cult
Roleplaying games allow you to create shared stories between you and your friends. Create tales of the time you joined the Mouse Guard and fought a snake, of when you stopped your friend summoning the Ancient One that will destroy the earth or the lovely adventures you had travelling on an airship.

Between Monday and Friday during the festival freelance game journalist Tom Hatfield will be teaching you to play some of his favourite games. It doesn't matter whether you've never played this type of game before (or even heard of them!), this event is open to anyone who is curious and wants to play.

Each day there will be different games to play, including:

Monday: Inverse World - An airship adventuring 'weird fantasy' setting for the popular Dungeon World system where you play to find out what happens.

Tuesday: Feng Shui 2 - Channel your inner John Woo or Jackie Chan in the classic game of Hong Kong action cinema.

Wednesday: Breakfast Cult - A group of high school students meet in detention to chat, bond and figure out which one of them is secretly summoning an eldritch horror.

Thursday: Mouse Guard - The brave adventurers of the Mouse Guard are the only thing that can protect their fellow rodents from danger and predators.

Friday: Gamma World - Play as an electric cockroach, a robotic kitten or a siesmic yeti in a bizzare post apocalyptic world of mishmash mutations.

These sessions are first come, first served so turn up early! Sched sign-up doesn't gaurantee participation.

Exhibitors


Wednesday October 29, 2014 15:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

16:00

The Great Indie Games Bake Off : JUDGING!
The finale of our extraordinary Great Indie Games Bake Off. Join this year's GBBO contestant Jordan Cox as he judges which show stopper is the showiest, and who has succumbed to a soggy bottom.




Wednesday October 29, 2014 16:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

17:30

GameCity Prize 2014
Please note that all evening events within the GameCity building on Carlton Street require photographic indentification regardless of age.

This is it folks! The GameCityPrize winner for 2014 is announced in a super-special event hosted by jury chair Samira Ahmed. Read all about the nominations and amazing jury here!

We're really sorry, but this event has very limited capacity and so you're unable to book for it on here. 

There will be a very limited number of tickets available for this special event - visit GameCity during the festival for details! 


Wednesday October 29, 2014 17:30 - 18:30
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN
 
Thursday, October 30
 

10:00

Board Game Cafe

Our cafe is a place where you can put your feet up, relax and have a nice cuppa - whilst betraying your friends in a game of the Resistance. From Sunday 26th onwards there will be a library of board games that you can pick-up and play.

The games have been carefully selected by Nottingham’s own Gaming Lambs who will be on hand on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to teach people how to play and run some specially selected games that will get you laughing, thinking and cursing your luck.


Thursday October 30, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity (CafeBar) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Blendimals, Space Squirrel
DevSoc
GUNKATANA, Geraldo Nascimento
Hindsight, Jonathan Hatton
Hummingbird, Niall Moody
NFTS Games Showcase
Polyology, Gridlock Interactive
Redirection, Daniel Ratcliffe
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The GameHub Concierge
Tricone Lab, Partickhill Games


Thursday October 30, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

STEAM School : ComputerCraft EDU
Limited Capacity seats available

The amazing TeacherGaming workshops are back to visit GameCity again on their European Tour!

Minecraft Players! 

Take your creativity to the next level with this fun interactive workshop, which uses the worldwide smash-hit game Minecraft to teach the fundamentals of computer programming. No prior experience required.

Tickets are limited - book your place here!




Thursday October 30, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies 6-10 Convent St, Nottingham NG1 3LL

10:00

Exploring Lumino City

Taking over the ground-floor of our special festival venue is going to be a brand new, exclusive exhibition that we’re created with the amazing people at State of Play. It’s going to take you inside the making of their extraordinary new game, Lumino City.

But this isn’t just going to be screens stuck on walls…

We’ve been working with them to create the inside story on how they make videogames. You’ll be able to see the props and scenes they created, learn about the processes they used, attend gallery tours led by their team and take part in special workshops that take you even deeper inside their handmade-games process.

This is a brand new exhibition of never-before-seen material, and its all for you.



Thursday October 30, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Lumino City Lounge
A chance to play State of Play's beautiful new game Lumino City before it is released to the public. The game will be playable all week in the Lumino City Lounge.

The sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off.Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

This event supports the exhibition and workshops created by State of Play that will also be in the venue throughout the week.

Thursday October 30, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Hearts and Crafts
We're inviting loads of creative folks to host stalls selling D.I.Y/handcrafted/unique items like zines, illustrations, t-shirts, music, games and… whatever they want to sell, really! There's going to be many lovely videogame and pop culture inspired things for you to peruse, along with a bunch of general crafty goodness.

Are you a videogame developer? Hooray! You're more than welcome to host a stall. Just bring along the equipment you need to show off your games - and make some nice things to accompany them too!
*TOP TIP* Everyone loves stickers.

Can't make it but still want to sell yr stuff? Don't worry - we'll have a communal table for absentees. Post us your stuff and we can arrange to reimburse you after the event! 

For a full lineup of stalls and more information head to http://www.heartsandcraftsfair.co.uk/




Thursday October 30, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Games We Have Known and Loved
Games We Have Known And Loved - a playful piece of storytelling. 

Come to the exchange; listen to moments of games and play important to Hannah, and maybe exchange them for stories of your own. Talk about games and playful experiences you have known and loved. Or just come to listen. Casual, conversational, and open to all. Hannah will re-tell the collected stories as part of the GameCity closing party somehow; a story told by and of everyone who passes through.

Exhibitors
HN

Hannah Nicklin

Theatre maker, producer, game designer/writer, and occasional academic.


Thursday October 30, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity (CafeBar) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Hacked Lunch! Learn AND eat with Adriel Wallick.
Limited Capacity seats available

HACKED LUNCH: Learn and Eat
Bring your lunch and make a game, with professional game developer Adriel Wallick and friends! Using simple tools (and their imaginations), kids will learn how to make a game from start to finish over this lunchtime session.

Aimed towards ages 7-12, this session will teach children the basic concepts of creating their first game - and educate their parents on ways to continue fostering this curiosity at home. Kids will even be able show off their creations to an audience and take the final product home with them! No previous experience with computers required.

Reserve your place for this event here! 


Thursday October 30, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

How games get written
Limited Capacity full

Interested in how games get written? Thinking about writing games as a career? Then why not drop into this informal workshop sessions covering all aspects of game writing, including but not restricted to:
  • What Game Writers Actually Do: the different roles on the different sizes and shapes of project.
  • Writing Pitches for publishers and developers.
  • Writing concept docs for artists, level designers, audio designers and coders.
  • Writing actable scripts for actors: scripts for voice Over, Motion Capture and CGI cinematics.
  • Exposition, Exposition, Exposition: how to inform players without boring them.
  • How to get a job: (including the perfect writer's CV)
  • The Difference between writing for film/TV/radio and Games: when getting better at screenwriting makes you worse.
  • Why stuff ends up clichéed.
  • Narrative v Interaction: Explicit/Implicit and environmental
  • narrative, including when NOT to explain
  • Directing actors for Voice Over and Motion Capture sessions.
  • What game scripts look like.

What do you need to take part? A pen, and your ideas. There'll be writing exercises you can complete during the sessions, or you can return to later sessions for feedback.

Exhibitors

Thursday October 30, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:30

Richard Bartle
Limited Capacity full

Dr Richard A. Bartle is Senior Lecturer and Honorary Professor of Computer Game Design at the University of Essex, best known for having co-written the first virtual world, MUD, in 1978. His book "Designing Virtual Worlds" is the standard text on the subject, and in 2010 he was the first recipient of the prestigious GDC "Online Game Legend" award. We are incredibly proud to have him talk at GameCity, where he will discuss his career and announce his discovery of a highly optimised and massively-deployable interface enabling unfettered play for the human imagination.

Thursday October 30, 2014 11:30 - 12:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

High-Score-Noon : ZX Spectrum speed-typing challenge!
The clock strike twelve and battle begins!

Everyday at midday GameCity will be hosting a hi-score challenge on a fiendishly difficult game of OUR choice.

You have ONE chance to top the leaderboard, do you want to step up?




Thursday October 30, 2014 12:00 - 12:45
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

StreetPass East Midlands: Mario Kart Day
After the success of our event last year StreetPass East Midlands are back at GameCity.

In conjunction with Nintendo and Wiseman Designs, they will be running a three day event during festival.

The events are as follows:

Day 1 - 30th October - Mario Kart Day
Day 2 - 31st October - Smash Bros. Day
Day 3 - 1st November - Pokémon Day (which includes a qualifier to the National StreetPass UK Autumn event)

Even if you are not bothered by any of those games, you can pop along to get some StreetPasses and meet fellow Nintendo fans.

Exhibitors
avatar for Tony Stephenson

Tony Stephenson

Founder, StreetPass East Midlands
Hi, I'm Tony and I run a Nintendo fan group called StreetPass East Midlands. | Ask me anything about our GameCity 9 events (30th Oct-1st Nov) | Details can be found here | 30th Oct - Mario Kart Day - http://on.fb.me/X330hm | 31st Oct - Smash Day - http://on.fb.me/1qBfBp8 | 1st Nov - Pokémon Day - http://on.fb.me/1nVOC1K



Thursday October 30, 2014 12:00 - 20:00
Cobden Chambers Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Nottingham

12:00

Turn to Text
For one extraordinary afternoon, the colour and graphics the GameCity Festival will be replaced by plain text.

A special programme of events and games will use the power of words alone to take you on incredible interactive adventures across the city. Join writers including Ian Livingstone OBE, the co-creator of "Fighting Fantasy", in a collaborative Live Text Adventure; journey beneath the Castle to experience "Colossal Cave, In A Cave", and play new location-specific adventures created by Nottingham City schoolchildren, in a magical highlight of this year's GameCity Festival.


Thursday October 30, 2014 12:00 - 22:00
TBC

13:30

Autobiographical Games
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever wanted to create a game that doesn't just tell a story, but tells yours?

Christos "failnaut" Reid is a developer with a reputation for making games he describes as autobiography. A beneficiary of the rise of accessible game-making tools and a more diverse and interesting pool of videogames covering everything from mental health to sexuality, Christos invites you to sit down with him and work out how you could go about representing your life with videogames, in addition to discussing the topic with like-minded people who would like to do the same.

Note: please feel free to bring along pens, pencils, paper, and anything you think would help you think through and talk about your ideas. To leave with a formulated concept in mind is a great goal for this workshop!

Exhibitors
avatar for Christos Reid

Christos Reid

founder, failnaut
Christos Reid, also known as "failnaut", is a creative wearing many hats - production, marketing, development, music, events and teaching, in addition to a lot of public speaking. Follow him @failnaut on Twitter.


Thursday October 30, 2014 13:30 - 14:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

In the beginning was the word...
Limited Capacity full

Professor James Q Newman, co-founder of the National Videogame Archive, meets Marvel-writer Kieron GIllen and MUD-creator Professor Richard Bartle for an in-depth discussion and celebration of the role of text in videogames. 


Thursday October 30, 2014 14:00 - 15:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

STEAM School : Gamestar Mechanic
Limited Capacity seats available

The amazing TeacherGaming workshops are back to visit GameCity again on their European Tour!

Gamestar Mechanic is a game, curriculum and online community designed to teach kids the principles of game design, critical thinking, systems-based thinking, iterative design and to build a motivation for design and engineering learning.




Thursday October 30, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies 6-10 Convent St, Nottingham NG1 3LL

15:00

Stern words : Chris Avellone and Zoe Quinn
Limited Capacity full

Acclaimed videogame writer Ed Stern kicks off the first of a new series of feature events, 'Stern Words'. This time, Ed sits down with Chris Avellone and Zoe Quinn for an entertaining discussion about the detail of their work writing for games. 

Three amazing writers, together for the first time at GameCity!

Exhibitors
CA

Chris Avellone

Game Designer and Writer at Obisidian Entertainment



Thursday October 30, 2014 15:00 - 16:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:00

Story Games with Tom Hatfield: Mouse Guard
Roleplaying games allow you to create shared stories between you and your friends. Create tales of the time you joined the Mouse Guard and fought a snake, of when you stopped your friend summoning the Ancient One that will destroy the earth or the lovely adventures you had travelling on an airship.

Between Monday and Friday during the festival freelance game journalist Tom Hatfield will be teaching you to play some of his favourite games. It doesn't matter whether you've never played this type of game before (or even heard of them!), this event is open to anyone who is curious and wants to play.

Each day there will be different games to play, including:

Monday: Inverse World - An airship adventuring 'weird fantasy' setting for the popular Dungeon World system where you play to find out what happens.

Tuesday: Feng Shui 2 - Channel your inner John Woo or Jackie Chan in the classic game of Hong Kong action cinema.

Wednesday: Breakfast Cult - A group of high school students meet in detention to chat, bond and figure out which one of them is secretly summoning an eldritch horror.

Thursday: Mouse Guard - The brave adventurers of the Mouse Guard are the only thing that can protect their fellow rodents from danger and predators.

Friday: Gamma World - Play as an electric cockroach, a robotic kitten or a siesmic yeti in a bizzare post apocalyptic world of mishmash mutations.

These sessions are first come, first served so turn up early! Sched sign-up doesn't gaurantee participation.

Exhibitors


Thursday October 30, 2014 15:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

18:00

Drinks at our place
Please note that all evening events within the GameCity building on Carlton Street require photographic indentification regardless of age.

We're opening up our bar for the evening. Come along for some drinks, good company and maybe we'll run some interesting games too.

Thursday October 30, 2014 18:00 - 23:30
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

20:00

LIVE text adventures
Limited Capacity full

As the climax of GameCity's Turn To Text day, Nottingham Central Library hosts TWO specially-commissioned text-based game experiences. In a unique collaborative framework, world-renowned writers Ian Livingstone OBE, the co-creator of "Fighting Fantasy", James Moran ("Doctor Who"), Zoe Quinn ("Depression Quest"), Kieron Gillen ("Uncanny X-Men"), Leigh Alexander (Gamasutra) and Chris Avellone ("Planescape: Torment") will be working together - LIVE - to give players the improvised text adventure of a lifetime.

And, with Halloween just around the corner, selected players will be invited to participate in a spooky puzzle-solving game with REAL GHOSTS, created by Sean Oxspring and friends.

Thursday October 30, 2014 20:00 - 22:00
Nottingham Central Library Angel Row, Nottingham
 
Friday, October 31
 

10:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

A Diary of Whispered Truths, Niall Moody
Alternative Inputs, Graham Spence
Colour Park, Crystalline Green
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Congo War Child, Planet Head
DevSoc
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
GlobeMC
GUNKATANA, Geraldo Nascimento
NFTS Games Showcase
Polyology, Gridlock Interactive
Spectral, Firepunch Games
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The GameHub Concierge


Friday October 31, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

STEAM School : ComputerCraft EDU
Limited Capacity seats available

Minecraft Players! Take your creativity to the next level with this fun interactive workshop, which uses the worldwide smash-hit game Minecraft to teach the fundamentals of computer programming. No prior experience required.


Places are limited! Book your ticket here!


Friday October 31, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies 6-10 Convent St, Nottingham NG1 3LL

10:00

Exploring Lumino City

Taking over the ground-floor of our special festival venue is going to be a brand new, exclusive exhibition that we’re created with the amazing people at State of Play. It’s going to take you inside the making of their extraordinary new game, Lumino City.

But this isn’t just going to be screens stuck on walls…

We’ve been working with them to create the inside story on how they make videogames. You’ll be able to see the props and scenes they created, learn about the processes they used, attend gallery tours led by their team and take part in special workshops that take you even deeper inside their handmade-games process.

This is a brand new exhibition of never-before-seen material, and its all for you.



Friday October 31, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Lumino City Lounge
A chance to play State of Play's beautiful new game Lumino City before it is released to the public. The game will be playable all week in the Lumino City Lounge.

The sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off.Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

This event supports the exhibition and workshops created by State of Play that will also be in the venue throughout the week.

Friday October 31, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Board Game Cafe

Our cafe is a place where you can put your feet up, relax and have a nice cuppa - whilst betraying your friends in a game of the Resistance. From Sunday 26th onwards there will be a library of board games that you can pick-up and play.

The games have been carefully selected by Nottingham’s own Gaming Lambs who will be on hand on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to teach people how to play and run some specially selected games that will get you laughing, thinking and cursing your luck.


Friday October 31, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity (CafeBar) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:30

State of Play: Shoebox Stories with Katherine Bidwell
Join Lumino City creator Katherine Bidwell to create a 3D shoebox world. Your shoebox will become part of a large storyboard developed throughout GameCity. With a beginning and end shoebox already completed participants will fill in the blanks. 

Inspired by Lumino City, participants will first take a look around the Lumino City exhibition and game models, to help inspire their own mini-worlds in a shoebox. Participants will then plan their design, then set about creating their own versions using paper, card, glue and cutouts. Step by step advice will be given by Katherine throughout the workshop and you will have the opportunity to practice different techniques in craft and design, and get to grips with a different style of game design.

This session will feature a special guest, model maker Amy Dodd. 


Friday October 31, 2014 10:30 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Music, Minecraft and Life
Hear the composer of Minecraft talk about 7 different random tidbits of his life. From the game to how he grew up becoming a composer. Or you could just ask him how to make a "NOR Redstone Circuit". We're sure he doesn't know.


Friday October 31, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Hacked Lunch! Learn AND eat with Adriel Wallick.
Limited Capacity seats available

HACKED LUNCH: Learn and Eat
Bring your lunch and make a game, with professional game developer Adriel Wallick and friends! Using simple tools (and their imaginations), kids will learn how to make a game from start to finish over this lunchtime session.

Aimed towards ages 7-12, this session will teach children the basic concepts of creating their first game - and educate their parents on ways to continue fostering this curiosity at home. Kids will even be able show off their creations to an audience and take the final product home with them! No previous experience with computers required.

Reserve your place for this event here! 


Friday October 31, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

How games get written
Limited Capacity full

Interested in how games get written? Thinking about writing games as a career? Then why not drop into this informal workshop sessions covering all aspects of game writing, including but not restricted to:
  • What Game Writers Actually Do: the different roles on the different sizes and shapes of project.
  • Writing Pitches for publishers and developers.
  • Writing concept docs for artists, level designers, audio designers and coders.
  • Writing actable scripts for actors: scripts for voice Over, Motion Capture and CGI cinematics.
  • Exposition, Exposition, Exposition: how to inform players without boring them.
  • How to get a job: (including the perfect writer's CV)
  • The Difference between writing for film/TV/radio and Games: when getting better at screenwriting makes you worse.
  • Why stuff ends up clichéed.
  • Narrative v Interaction: Explicit/Implicit and environmental
  • narrative, including when NOT to explain
  • Directing actors for Voice Over and Motion Capture sessions.
  • What game scripts look like.

What do you need to take part? A pen, and your ideas. There'll be writing exercises you can complete during the sessions, or you can return to later sessions for feedback.

Exhibitors

Friday October 31, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

Flowers, hashtags & tyvek: how to organise an event about games with no budget
Find out about organising events with no budget, in Lorenzo Pilia's own words: 

'In the last couple of years I've been organising several game-related events in Berlin, always in my spare time and with little or no budget, such as Join – 1st Local Multiplayer Summit, Talk & Play and the Berlin Twine Jam. In this talk I'd like to share some of the lessons I’ve learnt and give tips to people interested in organising a conference, meetup, game jam or other type of events, focusing on the importance of making them as culturally inclusive as possible.'


Friday October 31, 2014 12:00 - 12:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

High-Score-Noon : Spacepants
The clock strike twelve and battle begins!

Everyday at midday GameCity will be hosting a hi-score challenge on a fiendishly difficult game of OUR choice.

You have ONE chance to top the leaderboard, do you want to step up?




Friday October 31, 2014 12:00 - 12:45
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

A Diary of Whispered Truths, Niall Moody
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
Alternative Inputs, Graham Spence
Art Of Noises, Dr Kim Foale
Colour Park, Crystalline Green
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Congo War Child, Planet Head
Controller Wars 1D Alpha, Hazel Savage
DevSocFragments, Adam Curtis
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
GUNKATANA, Geraldo Nascimento
Hindsight, Jonathan Hatton
kooltool, Mark Wonnacott
Massively Multiplayer Rock/Paper/Scissors, David King
N.E.O - Near Earth Objects
NFTS Games Showcase
Pixel Rift, Ana Ribeiro
Polyology, Gridlock Interactive
SimAntics: Realistic Anteater Simulator, Lizzywanders and Tom Francis
Spectral, Firepunch Games
Super Sword Sword Shield, Snozbot
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The GameHub Concierge
Tricone Lab, Partickhill Games


Friday October 31, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

StreetPass East Midlands: Smash Bros. Day
After the success of our event last year StreetPass East Midlands are back at GameCity.

In conjunction with Nintendo and Wiseman Designs, they will be running a three day event during festival.

The events are as follows:

Day 1 - 30th October - Mario Kart Day
Day 2 - 31st October - Smash Bros. Day
Day 3 - 1st November - Pokémon Day (which includes a qualifier to the National StreetPass UK Autumn event)

Even if you are not bothered by any of those games, you can pop along to get some StreetPasses and meet fellow Nintendo fans.

Exhibitors
avatar for Tony Stephenson

Tony Stephenson

Founder, StreetPass East Midlands
Hi, I'm Tony and I run a Nintendo fan group called StreetPass East Midlands. | Ask me anything about our GameCity 9 events (30th Oct-1st Nov) | Details can be found here | 30th Oct - Mario Kart Day - http://on.fb.me/X330hm | 31st Oct - Smash Day - http://on.fb.me/1qBfBp8 | 1st Nov - Pokémon Day - http://on.fb.me/1nVOC1K



Friday October 31, 2014 12:00 - 20:00
Cobden Chambers Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Nottingham

12:30

Lumino City - Modelmakers Tour
Limited Capacity full

Take a walk around the Lumino City in the coimpany of State of Play modelmakers. 

This is a unique opportunity for you to get a personal insight into the creation of this amazing new game, from a very particular perspective

Friday October 31, 2014 12:30 - 13:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

13:30

Among The Sleep audio: Horror is for babies!
Martin Kvale is a sound designer for Among The Sleep, a horror game from the depths of Norway in which you play as a 2 year old child lost from her mom. He will give a frightening talk/demonstration about how you make sounds for a toddler horror game, and create immersion into the mind-set of a baby.

Exhibitors
avatar for Martin Kvale

Martin Kvale

Krillbite
Martin Kvale does sound, norwegian sound. He has worked on Among The Sleep, Teslagrad and The Plan. At the moment he is knee deep in cool and weird projects, and loves good food and friends.



Friday October 31, 2014 13:30 - 14:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

13:30

Autobiographical Games
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever wanted to create a game that doesn't just tell a story, but tells yours?

Christos "failnaut" Reid is a developer with a reputation for making games he describes as autobiography. A beneficiary of the rise of accessible game-making tools and a more diverse and interesting pool of videogames covering everything from mental health to sexuality, Christos invites you to sit down with him and work out how you could go about representing your life with videogames, in addition to discussing the topic with like-minded people who would like to do the same.

Note: please feel free to bring along pens, pencils, paper, and anything you think would help you think through and talk about your ideas. To leave with a formulated concept in mind is a great goal for this workshop!

Exhibitors
avatar for Christos Reid

Christos Reid

founder, failnaut
Christos Reid, also known as "failnaut", is a creative wearing many hats - production, marketing, development, music, events and teaching, in addition to a lot of public speaking. Follow him @failnaut on Twitter.


Friday October 31, 2014 13:30 - 14:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

Game Oven : How we made Bounden
Limited Capacity full

Bounden is a whimsical dancing game for two players on iOS and Android, with choreography by the Dutch National Ballet. Twist and twirl elegantly, or get entangled with a friend. Holding either end of a phone, you tilt the phone around a virtual sphere following a path of rings. You swing your arms and twist your body, and before you know it, you are already dancing.

Game Oven makes games that make you sweat, previously Fingle, Friendstrap, and Bounden. Based in Utrecht, they are three people from different disciplines that love making games that are different from the bunch.

Eline Muijres is a producer at Game Oven, a Dutch independent game studio known best for Fingle, Friendstrap, and Bounden. Eline has worked in game research and journalism, writing about games and the game industry for various websites and magazines. Now she focuses on game development at Game Oven, doing production, PR, marketing and more. 


Friday October 31, 2014 14:00 - 14:45
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

STEAM School : Gamestar Mechanic
Limited Capacity seats available

The amazing TeacherGaming workshops are back to visit GameCity again on their European Tour!

Gamestar Mechanic is a game, curriculum and online community designed to teach kids the principles of game design, critical thinking, systems-based thinking, iterative design and to build a motivation for design and engineering learning.




Friday October 31, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies 6-10 Convent St, Nottingham NG1 3LL

14:00

Collaborative Environment Building
Limited Capacity seats available

Citizens! The once great city of Futuria needs rebuilding, and we need YOUR help! 

Come and help build a city and its people over the course of 2 hours, using plasticine, card, wire and a variety of other materials.

Note: this event is open to everyone, but any children attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday October 31, 2014 14:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:00

Live Game Design and Development
-A great concept does not make a great game!- 

A live discussion and a look into the development of my game VOCAL, a game about playing as a voice in the head of someone’s mind competing against other voices for control of the body!

Using Unity I will demo the game highlighting the issues I faced demoing it for the first time. I will talk about the challenges I’m currently undergoing designing a game that is ‘High Concept’ and delve into the changes I’m currently making, the new mechanics I’m trying to implement and how I’m trying to turn a great concept into a great game.

An informal debate for anyone interested in game development, the troubles of ‘high Concept’ games with insight and input into a live on-going project.

Exhibitors
avatar for Paul Dillon

Paul Dillon

Student from the National Film and Television School working on my grad game VOCAL: An experimental game where you play as a voice inside the mind of the main character. You are not given control of the character, you must earn it! | | Demoing it on Friday and showing my development of it during my talk live Game Design and Development. |



Friday October 31, 2014 15:00 - 15:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:00

Story Games with Tom Hatfield: Gamma World
Roleplaying games allow you to create shared stories between you and your friends. Create tales of the time you joined the Mouse Guard and fought a snake, of when you stopped your friend summoning the Ancient One that will destroy the earth or the lovely adventures you had travelling on an airship.

Between Monday and Friday during the festival freelance game journalist Tom Hatfield will be teaching you to play some of his favourite games. It doesn't matter whether you've never played this type of game before (or even heard of them!), this event is open to anyone who is curious and wants to play.

Each day there will be different games to play, including:

Monday: Inverse World - An airship adventuring 'weird fantasy' setting for the popular Dungeon World system where you play to find out what happens.

Tuesday: Feng Shui 2 - Channel your inner John Woo or Jackie Chan in the classic game of Hong Kong action cinema.

Wednesday: Breakfast Cult - A group of high school students meet in detention to chat, bond and figure out which one of them is secretly summoning an eldritch horror.

Thursday: Mouse Guard - The brave adventurers of the Mouse Guard are the only thing that can protect their fellow rodents from danger and predators.

Friday: Gamma World - Play as an electric cockroach, a robotic kitten or a siesmic yeti in a bizzare post apocalyptic world of mishmash mutations.

These sessions are first come, first served so turn up early! Sched sign-up doesn't gaurantee participation. 

Exhibitors


Friday October 31, 2014 15:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:30

The Sonic Universe: A Look into Composing Music for Videogames
Music graduate Chris Wickham takes you on a quick journey through the world of video-game music, with a focus on the music of the popular MMORPG 'World of Warcraft'. You will have the opportunity to learn more about videogame music development and what makes a successful videogame soundtrack.

Exhibitors


Friday October 31, 2014 15:30 - 16:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

16:00

Game Feel Trix
Game Feel Trix is a talk about simple game feel tricks that you can add to your game. You will learn how easy it actually is to implement some of these so that your game will be more polished and fun! All of the tricks will be implemented live so that there’s no mystery to how you would make it.

Game Maker will be used to implement the tricks, but they are all very easy to make in other languages.

Learn about cool text effects! Learn about impact effects! It’s all there!

Exhibitors

Friday October 31, 2014 16:00 - 16:30
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

16:30

A MAZE. / Johannesburg - All from scratch!
Get the secrets of the A MAZE. festival production in Johannesburg.

In 2012 Thorsten S Wiedemann launced A MAZE. / Johannesburg, a platform for playfulness, digital experimentation, games exhibition, interdisciplinarity and cultural exchange. Now in its third year A MAZE. / Johannesburg is an established event for meeting the local developer and artist community, learning new culture and building interesting collaborations.

Thorsten will be talking about what happens your own festival changes your perception of how to make stuff happen, how A MAZE. is becomming a personal experience and the Inperfection framework for openess, process and experimentation.

He would like to share this with you.


Friday October 31, 2014 16:30 - 17:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

19:00

Gisborne Industries Launch Event
Limited Capacity full

Local businessman Guy Gisborne is proud to welcome you to the launch party for his new startup, Gisborne Industries. Come and enjoy an evening with the movers and shakers of the military industrial complex, and get a sneak peak at some of the security training software Gisborne's team have been prototyping with London based Artificial Life Solutions. They call it 'Volume', we call it the next big thing!


Friday October 31, 2014 19:00 - 21:00
Masonic Lodge 25 Goldsmith St, NG1 5LB

19:00

Pod Your Own Adventure Live Show
In Pod Your Own Adventure's words:

"Hello! We're going to be doing a live show at a pub! The establishment is owned by Jon Blyth, previous guest and confirmed GOOD DUDE. We will also be joined by Sean Bell and Andi Hamilton from Midnight Resistance who will be providing some of the funny."

This event will be ticketed, you can find out more and buy tickets at:

Pod Your Live Adventure  


Friday October 31, 2014 19:00 - 23:30
The King Billy Eyre St, Nottingham, NG2 4PB

21:00

One Life Left present Marioke
Veteran festival companions One Life Left return to GameCity to host their traditional, utterly brilliant Friday-night festival party, built around the not-yet-trademarked Marioke. Pick from 120+ karaoke favourites rewritten to be about videogames. Grab the mic for Prince’s ‘Heavy Rain’, dance around to Miley’s ‘Monkey Ball’, and shed a tear over the heartbreak of Lionel Richie’s ‘Halo’. Whether you're on the stage, or singing along at the bar, this is not to be missed.  


Friday October 31, 2014 21:00 - Saturday November 1, 2014 01:00
Spanky Van Dykes 17 Goldsmith Street, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 5JT
 
Saturday, November 1
 

10:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Colour Park, Crystalline Green
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Congo War Child, Planet Head
DevSoc
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
GlobeMC
GUNKATANA, Geraldo Nascimento
Idioctopus, Badgerhammer
In a dark, dark space…, SnappyFingers and 2PersonGames
Laser Bash, Ben Wilson
Learning How Players Play Mobile Games, Table Flip Games
Raging Justice, Makingames
Spectral, Firepunch Games
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The GameHub Concierge



Saturday November 1, 2014 10:00 - 12:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Exploring Lumino City

Taking over the ground-floor of our special festival venue is going to be a brand new, exclusive exhibition that we’re created with the amazing people at State of Play. It’s going to take you inside the making of their extraordinary new game, Lumino City.

But this isn’t just going to be screens stuck on walls…

We’ve been working with them to create the inside story on how they make videogames. You’ll be able to see the props and scenes they created, learn about the processes they used, attend gallery tours led by their team and take part in special workshops that take you even deeper inside their handmade-games process.

This is a brand new exhibition of never-before-seen material, and its all for you.



Saturday November 1, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

10:00

Lumino City Lounge
A chance to play State of Play's beautiful new game Lumino City before it is released to the public. The game will be playable all week in the Lumino City Lounge.

The sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off.Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

This event supports the exhibition and workshops created by State of Play that will also be in the venue throughout the week.

Saturday November 1, 2014 10:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Henry Smith : Life after Spaceteam!
Limited Capacity seats available

We're thrilled to have the former Bioware programmer turned indie admiral Henry Smith with us at GameCity.
Having won the GameCity Prize last year with his ludicrous and exciting co-operative shouting game Spaceteam, Henry launched a successful Kickstarter to make his new projects available to the public entirely for free. He'll be speaking about The Admiral's Club, his new games Blabyrinth and Shipshape, his creative process and influences, in an informal session with Q&A. Engage Talk-Jets!

Saturday November 1, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
GameCity (Pit) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Hacked Lunch! Learn AND eat with Adriel Wallick.
Limited Capacity seats available

HACKED LUNCH: Learn and Eat
Bring your lunch and make a game, with professional game developer Adriel Wallick and friends! Using simple tools (and their imaginations), kids will learn how to make a game from start to finish over this lunchtime session.

Aimed towards ages 7-12, this session will teach children the basic concepts of creating their first game - and educate their parents on ways to continue fostering this curiosity at home. Kids will even be able show off their creations to an audience and take the final product home with them! No previous experience with computers required.

Reserve your place for this event here! 


Saturday November 1, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

How games get written
Limited Capacity full

Interested in how games get written? Thinking about writing games as a career? Then why not drop into this informal workshop sessions covering all aspects of game writing, including but not restricted to:
  • What Game Writers Actually Do: the different roles on the different sizes and shapes of project.
  • Writing Pitches for publishers and developers.
  • Writing concept docs for artists, level designers, audio designers and coders.
  • Writing actable scripts for actors: scripts for voice Over, Motion Capture and CGI cinematics.
  • Exposition, Exposition, Exposition: how to inform players without boring them.
  • How to get a job: (including the perfect writer's CV)
  • The Difference between writing for film/TV/radio and Games: when getting better at screenwriting makes you worse.
  • Why stuff ends up clichéed.
  • Narrative v Interaction: Explicit/Implicit and environmental
  • narrative, including when NOT to explain
  • Directing actors for Voice Over and Motion Capture sessions.
  • What game scripts look like.

What do you need to take part? A pen, and your ideas. There'll be writing exercises you can complete during the sessions, or you can return to later sessions for feedback.

Exhibitors

Saturday November 1, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

11:00

Lets make some playground games!
Limited Capacity seats available

Create your own playground game!

Join George Buckenham for this workshop where you'll make your own physical games, in his words:

"We will adapt games we already know so they are funnier, stupider, more serious (or just ours) and we will invent new ones. No previous experience necessary."

Exhibitors

Saturday November 1, 2014 11:00 - 13:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

High-Score-Noon : Rotational
The clock strike twelve and battle begins!

Everyday at midday GameCity will be hosting a hi-score challenge on a fiendishly difficult game of OUR choice.

You have ONE chance to top the leaderboard, do you want to step up?




Saturday November 1, 2014 12:00 - 12:45
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

Open Arcade
Play! Explore! Make!

The Open Arcade is the heart of GameCity, a place absolutely crammed full of playful things and interesting people. We've taken over the old Connexions building for the week (24-32 Carlton Street, NG1 1NN) and filled it with three (yes, THREE!) floors of fun stuff to find and do. 

Through-out the entire week there will be a constantly changing lineup of games, talks, crafts and workshops, all submitted through our Open platform. The Open Arcade will be open each day between 10am and 5pm, between Saturday 25th October to Saturday 1st November.

EXHIBITORS:

Art Of Noises, Dr Kim Foale
Colour Park, Crystalline Green
Confetti Gaming Showcase
Congo War Child, Planet Head
Controller Wars 1D Alpha, Hazel Savage
DevSoc
Glitchspace, Space Budgie
Hindsight, Jonathan Hatton
Idioctopus, Badgerhammer
In a dark, dark space…, SnappyFingers and 2PersonGames
kooltool, Mark Wonnacott
Laser Bash, Ben Wilson
Learning How Players Play Mobile Games, Table Flip Games
Massively Multiplayer Paper/Scissors/Stone, David King
Pixel Rift, Ana Ribeiro
Raging Justice, Makingames
Spectral, Firepunch Games
Super Sword Sword Shield, Snozbot
Sure Footing, Table Flip Games
The GameHub Concierge
Tricone Lab, Partickhill Games



Saturday November 1, 2014 12:00 - 17:00
GameCity 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

12:00

StreetPass East Midlands: Pokémon Day
After the success of our event last year StreetPass East Midlands are back at GameCity.

In conjunction with Nintendo and Wiseman Designs, they will be running a three day event during festival.

The events are as follows:

Day 1 - 30th October - Mario Kart Day
Day 2 - 31st October - Smash Bros. Day
Day 3 - 1st November - Pokémon Day (which includes a qualifier to the National StreetPass UK Autumn event)

Even if you are not bothered by any of those games, you can pop along to get some StreetPasses and meet fellow Nintendo fans.

Exhibitors
avatar for Tony Stephenson

Tony Stephenson

Founder, StreetPass East Midlands
Hi, I'm Tony and I run a Nintendo fan group called StreetPass East Midlands. | Ask me anything about our GameCity 9 events (30th Oct-1st Nov) | Details can be found here | 30th Oct - Mario Kart Day - http://on.fb.me/X330hm | 31st Oct - Smash Day - http://on.fb.me/1qBfBp8 | 1st Nov - Pokémon Day - http://on.fb.me/1nVOC1K



Saturday November 1, 2014 12:00 - 20:00
Cobden Chambers Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, Nottingham

13:00

Massive Dice War
Drop in game that runs as an event for 1 hour per session. The scenery setup will be unique and thus this specific game will never be repeated - ever!!*

*probability suggests so at any rate

Saturday November 1, 2014 13:00 - 15:00
GameCity (Gallery 3) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

14:00

Concept Art for Game Design
This workshop is designed for people with basic drawing skills who are interested in developing professional skills in concept art. It is ideal for illustrators who wish to investigate their role in the game production process, and game designers who are looking to focus on 2D visualisation skills. Using demonstrations that combine of hand drawing and digital techniques you will be taken through the process of developing characters and environments in response to a written brief.

This event is for over 16's

Exhibitors


Saturday November 1, 2014 14:00 - 16:00
Waverley Building Waverley Street, City Campus, NG7 4HF

14:00

Collaborative Environment Building
Limited Capacity seats available

Citizens! The once great city of Futuria needs rebuilding, and we need YOUR help! 

Come and help build a city and its people over the course of 2 hours, using plasticine, card, wire and a variety of other materials.

Note: this event is open to everyone, but any children attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday November 1, 2014 14:00 - 17:00
GameCity (Workshop) 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

15:00

The Sheriff's Gauntlet
Limited Capacity seats available

Centuries ago, England was owned by a privileged few. Ordinary people worked in the service of a landowning elite

In Nottingham, a benevolent Sheriff saw how unfair this was and devised a competition by which Serfs might win some land for themselves, gifted by the Sheriff.

The Sheriff had an idea; to make an event – a special occassion that would bring the City together.

The Citizens of Nottingham were invited to compete in mental and physical trials that the Sheriff devised, testing their agility and guile in order to better themselves.

The day of the trials became a moment for the people of Nottingham to come together to celebrate their great City.

Anyone could enter.Anyone could win.The challenges were unusual.

They weren’t just about strength, or speed – they were about being better than you ever thought you could be.

The people participated joyfully, not with a focus on winning, but to learn and to grow through playing.

At the end of the trials, a winner would be selected by the Sheriff and awarded their own land on which to build their future.

Every year, the land would be awarded; every year the Sheriff would smile and set about devising ever more interesting and challenging trials for the next.

In 1574, when Queen Elizabeth I freed the last remaining serfs, the tradition gradually died away.

Little is known about the trials themselves,
but we can imagine what they might have been.

Little is known about the winners of the trials,
but we can imagine how their lives were changed by the Sheriff’s idea.

Only one detail remains,
the name of the event.

These trials were known as
‘The Sheriff’s Gauntlet’.On November 1st, the trials are returning.

Do you want to play?

REGISTER TO PLAY HERE
 


Saturday November 1, 2014 15:00 - 17:00
Old Market Square

19:00

The Creative Quarter presents GameCity9: The Final Night
THE CREATIVE QUARTER PRESENTS:

An evening of games, music, art & performance at...

GAMECITY9: THE FINAL NIGHT

Nottingham Contemporary
Saturday 1 November 2014
7pm - Midnight
FREE ENTRY

Join us to see this year's GameCity festival off with a bang thanks to a line-up of amazing performers, music and games. The Creative Quarter & GameCity are taking over The Space & Café Bar areas of Nottingham Contemporary to celebrate the final night of one of the CQ's finest events in one of its most iconic venues.

Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

In the Café Bar from 7pm

Music from:
REVENGE OF CALCULON http://www.facebook.com/revengeofcalculon
DANIEL VERSUS THE WORLD https://www.facebook.com/danielversustheworld
SONIC THE COMIC http://sonicthecomic.bandcamp.com/
♥FAN CLUB♥ DJs http://www.facebook.com/fanclubnotts 

In The Space from 8pm

Poetry & Spoken Word from:
Jon Stone http://www.gojonstonego.com/
Hannah Nicklin (plus special guests) http://www.hannahnicklin.com/

Music from:
LOBST3R (aka Joonas Turner) https://twitter.com/KissaKolme
20JAZZFUNKGREATS DJs http://www.20jazzfunkgreats.co.uk/

Games:
A line-up of some of our favourite and most spectacular games. More info coming soon!

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Entry is 18+. Please bring I.D. to ensure entry.

GameCity9: The Final Night is presented in partnership with The Creative Quarter with support from the European Regional Development Fund.

http://www.creativequarter.com/
http://www.gamecity.org/

 


Saturday November 1, 2014 19:00 - Sunday November 2, 2014 00:00
Nottingham Contemporary