GameCamp 5

Event Info

Sat 12 May, 2012 from 9:30am - 4:30pm
Keyworth Centre, LSBU
Keyworth Street
London, SE1 6NG, UK (Map)
Cost: £15 + fee


Ludo, ergo sum. I play, therefore I am.

Games have become the most important medium in our civilization. They’ve grown to claim more of our time and more from our wallets than any other medium. Almost everyone under 30 years old games regularly – and most people over 30 do, too. The time is not so far off when no one will remember a world without ubiquitous video gaming.

Isn’t it time we talked about that world?

The GameCamp gatherings are for the people who are building that world. It’s for the designers, coders, artists, writers, thinkers and, above all, the players who are making the 21st century the century of the game. GameCamp is about more than making games: it’s about playing them, thinking about them and how they affect our lives for good or for ill.

Because like any medium, games can be used for good or for bad. But their power is undeniable.

Come and join us as we talk about how we should use that power.

History BoardGameCamp is the third gathering in the GameCamp series. It is organized by Steve GreenDavid Hayward Jeffrey Sheen ,Philip Trippenbach, and James Wallis.

GameCamp 2 was in May 2010. It was organized by Rain AshfordDesigan ChinniahRachel ClarkeKaty LindemannMark Simpkins,Philip Trippenbach, and James Wallis, with the generous support of our many sponsors.


GameCamp is an unconference series. That means there aren’t any spectators, only participants! You know games better than we do. The schedule of talks isn’t decided beforehand. Instead, the participants – that’s you! – get to write down what they want to talk about on The Board on the morning of the conference. Listen to talks, get inspired, talk about the world’s most important medium with other gamers and game designers – maybe learn something.

The GameCamp 2 Board

GameCamp is a communal exercise: EVERYBODY is encouraged to join in. That means you should be prepared to give a talk, take part in a discussion, or host a game. Running a session doesn’t mean you need to prepare a speech – see the rules – but you should have a reasonable grasp of the subjects you are interested in. If you’d like to host a game – especially one of the really cool exotic ones – you should bring a copy! This is a chance to try things out or test ideas, inspire people with something new.

GameCamp 2 kicking off in Richmond

There probably won’t be enough time for everyone to lead a talk or run a discussion, but you can join in just by taking part in the conversation or joining in a game.


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