Tinderbox PlayAway Games Festival

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Games & Music – Games & Theatre – Games & Education – Games & Wellbeing – Careers in Games – and More!

Mon 22nd Feb – Fri 5th Mar

MORE INFO TO COME SOON – WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE EVENTS AND SPEAKER LISTS!

Welcome to Tinderbox PlayAway! 

Over 2 weeks from Monday 22nd Feb – Friday 5th March, we will be celebrating and supporting the creativity, diversity, innovation, and imagination of games design, interactive media and play.  Over 30 game designers, artists, composers, educators and others involved in games will be getting together through a series of panel discussions, workshops, demos, music performances, play sessions, and game jams – and we’d love you to join us too! 

At a time when so many people across the world are moving on-line due to the pandemic, we wanted to turn to the Games industry for inspiration – to ask how games are adapting and responding to the pandemic, and to explore what role the gaming sector could play as we all move forward.

 Are there possibilities for new connections, collaborations and learning between the games world and other areas of life? What are the most interesting ways of playing and interacting both online and offline at the moment? And how can we build a more playful and creative way forward for us all in the future?

Check out the events below to see what’s on offer and we’ll see you there!

Keep scrolling for more info on the events, pricing and registration

Pricing

The festival is being run on a donations-based model.  We want it to be free and accessible for people to attend, but we also want to pay a fee to our speakers and performers, so if you are able to make a donation this would be a big help.

Free Places: For people on low income. 

Full Price: £5 per event or £50 for the full festival pass.

Pay-What-You-Like: Any donation or contribution you can make to the festival, no matter how small or large, would be very helpful. 

DONATE HERE

Registration

Click on the registration link for each event to book a place for that event. 

If you prefer, you can also book a full seat to receive access links for all the open events (please note – a few workshops have limited spaces, so registration is needed for these).

The events will take place on different platforms including Zoom, Twitch and YouTube.

You can also sign up for our mailing list (ADD LINK) and on booking, you’ll receive information on attending your event. 

See the Full Festival Programme here, or find an event by Category or Topic here (ADD LINKS).

Full Programme

Mon 22 Feb

11:30 – Welcome and Key Note Speaker! [Live – Watch on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube]

12:30 – 13:30 – Games as an Immersive Medium: Chinese Room, Pocket Sized Hands, No Code [Zoom Webinar – Register]

Chair – Shay Thompson?

Tue 23 Feb

12:30 – 13:30 – Social good, wellbeing & education: Game Dr/Carla Brown, Glitchers, Civic Digits, Yaldi Games 

Chair: Brian Baglow

[Zoom Webinar – Register]

14:00 – 15:00 – Games/Theatre/Physical: Mona Bozdog, Laura E Hall, FoxDog Studios, Chair: Yann Seznec

[Zoom Webinar – Register]

Wed 24 Feb

Creating Immersive Experiences with Biome Collective

13:00 – 16:00

Ticket registration needed

In this interactive workshop with game designers and creative community Biome Collective, we’ll 

Suitable for anyone interested in creative technology, completely new to game design, and experienced game designers with an interest in learning new tools.

To take your game design further, check out our Bitsy One-Day Game Jam on Tues 2nd March too! This is open to anyone (whether you attend the workshop or not) to join and share your games. 

For ages 16+.

This workshop is held via a Zoom Call and spaces are limited – please register to attend

You’ll need:
A computer or laptop
Access to internet

 

Thu 25 Feb

11:30 – 12:15 – Glasgow Game Lab: Careers in Games Studies & Research with William Kavanagh (phd researcher): 

12:45 – 13:30 – Glasgow Game Lab – Gabe LiveStream (phd researcher)

14:00 – 15:00 – Glasgow Game Lab – Doctoral Research Panel chaired by Matt Barr [Zoom Webinar – Register]

Fri 26 Feb

19:00 – 22:00 – Scottish Games Developers Association (SGDA) Play Party

Mon 1 Mar

12:30 – 13:30 – SGDA Panel – Social Good: Special Effect, Get Well Gamers, Mindy Grewar, Game Dr, Josh Boykin/Intelligame, Laura Martin, Wondershop, Games for Change [Zoom Webinar – Register]

Tue 2 Mar

Introduction to Bitsy Workshop with Clare Morwood: Making Games With Small Tools 

09:30 – 12:30 

Ticket registration needed

In this interactive workshop with game designer and founder of 3-Fold Games Clare Morwood, we will be introduced to the basics of game design, the history of small digital tools, and set off on making your own Bitsy game!

Suitable for anyone interested in creative technology, completely new to game design, and experienced game designers with an interest in learning new tools.

During the day, Tinderbox is also running a Bitsy One-Day Game Jam! This is open to anyone (whether you attend the workshop or not) to join and share your games. 

For ages 16+.

This workshop is held via a Zoom Call and spaces are limited – please register to attend

About Bitsy:
Bitsy is a free-to-use online/browser-based game-making tool created by Adam Le Doux, that allows you to make small games & interactive pieces without programming. You don’t need to download anything to run Bitsy – you’ll just need to have this page open during the workshop to work on your own game:
https://ledoux.itch.io/bitsy

You’ll need:
A computer or laptop
Access to internet

Tue 2 Mar

Bitsy One-Day Game Jam! 

09:00 – 19:00

We’re inviting everyone around the world to join us in getting creative with game design using Bitsy!

Throughout the day we’ll be making and sharing games here.

We’ll announce a theme in the morning, and will end the jam with a Twitch play-through of the games submitted at 7pm.

From 9:30 – 12:30 we are also holding an Introduction to Bitsy workshop with game designer Clare Morwood – if you’re new to game-making or Bitsy, then this is the place for you!

Please register for the Bitsy workshop if you wish to attend as spaces are limited.

We can’t wait to see what you make!

About Bitsy:
Bitsy is a free-to-use online/browser-based game-making tool created by Adam Le Doux, that allows you to make small games & interactive pieces without programming. You don’t need to download anything to run Bitsy – you’ll just need to have this page open during the workshop to work on your own game:
https://ledoux.itch.io/bitsy

Bitsy image

Wed 3 Mar

13:00 – 13:45 – VR demos – Jung In, Bearhammer Games, Floatland [Zoom Webinar – Register]

15:00 – 17:00 – Jobs in Games: Game Jobs Live event – Colin Anderson

Thu 4 Mar

12:30 – 13:30 – Games Mini-Talks Showcase: Hannah Rose, Rosa, Marina Diez, Ally Low/Lowtek Games: [Zoom Webinar – Register]

Fri 5 Mar

18:00 – 19:00 – Pre-recorded ensemble music streams: Nainita Desai, Jessica Curry, Guy Jackson, Russel Shaw, Laurence Chapman, Gareth Coker – preshow listening party? [Zoom Webinar – Register]

19:15 – 20:00 – Alex Moukala Live Music Stream

20:15 – 21:30 – Chipzel Live Music Stream [Twitch]

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