Two, that’s right, two THATCamps about games and gaming! Both are coming up in the spring — here are some details:
THATCamp Games II
April 19-21, 2013
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
THATCamp Epic Play
May 24-25, 2013
University of Washington, Seattle
And what is a THATCamp, you say? The Humanities and Technology Camps are unconferences designed to bring a small group (usually no more than 100) of committed folks interested in a common theme together for discussion, collaboration, and connection. THATCamps often have BootCamps on the first day, instructional or workshop sessions, followed by a second day of unconference sessions.
Members of the CUNY Games Network facilitated a BootCamp and attended the first THATCamp Games way back in January, and (to speak for all of us) we had a fantastic time. I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to make it to either of these games-related THATCamps in the Spring. If other members of the Games Network go, please consider writing a wrapup that we can post here on the blog. Game on!
Image by Sean Brady
The Come Out and Play Festival is an annual festival of games that turns NYC into an outdoor playground. The main event will take place on Governor’s Island this July 14th, but there is an additional night of games during After Dark at South Street Seaport on July 13th. The festival takes place via partnership with the River to River festival, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, ESI Design, and Gigantic Mechanic. The field day on Governor’s Island includes an exciting list of outdoor games like Humans Versus Mosquitos, a game of tag where players can take turns eradicating mosquitos or feeding off the blood of humans. If that sounds a little too blood thirsty for your tastes, try a round of Balloon Wars, where the history of military strategy can be relived in a fight with balloons. OK, that sounds bloodthirsty too. However, it’s all in good fun, and kids of all ages are encouraged to participate.