THATCamp Games is this week! As you’re making your final plans to join us in College Park, here are a few things you can expect:
All Weekend: Gaming Galore
Find a group of friends and play some games! We’ll have board and card games available at the registration desk for sign out, and we invite you to bring your games—physical, digital, and other—to play throughout the weekend.
Thursday: Going Cardboard Screening
At 5pm in Tawes 1100, we’ll be having a screening of the “Going Cardboard” board games documentary. The director, Lorien Green, will be joining us by Skype for a Q&A immediately following. You can learn more about the film here: http://www.boardgamemovie.com/. This event is hosted by MITH and open to all.
Friday: Bootcamp Workshops
We have a full day of fantastic workshops scheduled. Join us for coffee and pastries at 8am, and the workshops start at 9am. We have three tracks for all skill levels covering both physical and digital games. Check out the full listing here: http://thatcampgames.org/fullchedule/ — and if you’re scheduled to run a workshop, make sure you arrive 15 minutes before your session and let us know if you need help setting up (and thanks again for sharing your skills!). If you’re attending a software workshop, make sure to download the software before the workshop if possible!
Saturday: Unconference Sessions
We’ve got tons of great proposals already, and there’s still plenty of time to get in on the conversation! We’ll start with coffee and pastries at 8, and the voting will continue until 9am. If this is your first unconference, voting is the time when you build the schedule by indicating what ideas you want to discuss. Sessions will be scheduled throughout the day, including “dork shorts”—opportunities to quickly share your ideas, games and brainstorms with the community.
Sunday: Game Jam
On Sunday, bring your own created games and your game-design skills out to share your own games. We’ll have an informal game jam, complete with opportunities for rapid prototyping “Glorious Trainwreck” style for those who want to build new games.
If you have any questions, feel free to shout out through the #thatcamp hashtag on Twitter or tweet us directly at @thatcampgames. We’ll be in the green THATCamp Games shirts if you want to find us on site with any questions or concerns.
We can’t wait to see you here at THATCamp Games!