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PlayARK - 2012

playARK - games festival
Sat 1-6pm, 7th July 2012
Chapter Arts Centre
Cardiff

RENGA

Board Games

Unparking

the parcel

Who watches the watchers

Human

Bingo

Search

and

Replace

Blow

Football

Deer

Stalker

egg

and

spoon

life in beta

The

Eschaton

drinks

13:00

RENGA

Board

Games

(supplied

by Rules

of Play)

Unparking

the parcel

life in beta

13:15

13:30

13:45

14:00

14:15

14:30

Human
Bingo

Search

and
Replace

14:45

15:00

15:15

Blow Football

15:30

Deer
Stalker

E & S

15:45

16:00

Who watches the watchers

E & S

The
Eschaton

16:15

16:30

E & S

16:45

17:00

Deer
Stalker

17:15

17:30

Human
Bingo

Search

and
Replace

17:45

18:00

18:15

drinks

18:30
18:45
19:00

playARK are back this year with The Alternative Games; a festival that twists your expectations of games and doesn’t require the wearing of lycra. (Unless you really want to) playARK’s unusual games, swap the running track for the streets, the baton for the mobile phone and
the bike for the spacehopper making every space in the city your very own playground.
We will be host to a superabundance of games from around the world created by some of the best and most innovative game makers. There will be games suitable for the die hard street gamer right through to the first timer who just wants to find out what it’s all about. We will also have a number of games that the whole family can play.

Festival highlights include some old favourites; Human Bingo, Unparking the Parcel and Search & Replace. We will be joined once again by the guys from Rules of Play who will providing you
with a selection box of board games for you to play when you are resting. The HEADLINE game this year comes from Wall Four, who are fresh from the SXSW festival, with their amazing mass
multiplayer game RENGA. RENGA is the world’s first 100 player co-operative laser game that is something definitely not to be missed.

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playARK - games festival
Sat 1-6pm, 7th July 2012
Chapter Arts Centre
Cardiff

RENGA

Board Games

Unparking

the parcel

Who watches the watchers

Human

Bingo

Search

and

Replace

Blow

Football

Deer

Stalker

egg

and

spoon

life in beta

The

Eschaton

drinks

13:00

RENGA

Board

Games

(supplied

by Rules

of Play)

Unparking

the parcel

life in beta

13:15

13:30

13:45

14:00

14:15

14:30

Human
Bingo

Search

and
Replace

14:45

15:00

15:15

Blow Football

15:30

Deer
Stalker

E & S

15:45

16:00

Who watches the watchers

E & S

The
Eschaton

16:15

16:30

E & S

16:45

17:00

Deer
Stalker

17:15

17:30

Human
Bingo

Search

and
Replace

17:45

18:00

18:15

drinks

18:30
18:45
19:00

playARK are back this year with The Alternative Games; a festival that twists your expectations of games and doesn’t require the wearing of lycra. (Unless you really want to) playARK’s unusual games, swap the running track for the streets, the baton for the mobile phone and
the bike for the spacehopper making every space in the city your very own playground.
We will be host to a superabundance of games from around the world created by some of the best and most innovative game makers. There will be games suitable for the die hard street gamer right through to the first timer who just wants to find out what it’s all about. We will also have a number of games that the whole family can play.

Festival highlights include some old favourites; Human Bingo, Unparking the Parcel and Search & Replace. We will be joined once again by the guys from Rules of Play who will providing you
with a selection box of board games for you to play when you are resting. The HEADLINE game this year comes from Wall Four, who are fresh from the SXSW festival, with their amazing mass
multiplayer game RENGA. RENGA is the world’s first 100 player co-operative laser game that is something definitely not to be missed.

noreenblanluet's picture

Just logging two thoughts here for the record...
UnLtd (http://www.unltd.org.uk/) funding may be right for the next PlayARK games event - contact is Gareth Bickerton and he's lovely.
Games in the Rain - seeing as we have so very much of it. Can we have outdoors games specifically devised for a rainy day? Making use of the rain - and making people look forward to a wet day.

N x

Julian Sykes's picture

RENGA

Board Games

Unparking

the parcel

Who watches the watchers

Human

Bingo

Search

and

Replace

Blow

Football

Deer

Stalker

Alison John's picture

BOOK TICKETS FROM CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE Or ring straight through to their box office on for your FREE tickets 029 2030 4400

We are please to announce that our headline game for playARK Games Festival 2012 is.........(drum roll).........yes you've guessed it........RENGA. So what's Renga I hear you say? Well it's like nothing you have ever played before.

“Renga was an amazing piece of new media: an interactive computer game with a narrative controlled by the audience with laser pointers. It was a great experience working as a team with other members of the audience to get to the end successfully.”

Renga

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Your chance to try the best board games around. A dedicated area for you to chat and play. We have teamed up with the guys from Rules of Play to create a space where you will be able to drop in and learn new games that either take a few minutes or a few hours. A great opportunity to see just how complex and immersive Board Games have become.

Game designers
Curated by Rules of Play

Game Type
Suitable for everyone

Do I need to bring anything?
Just bring yourself and your game face

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Hand of the Watchers

There is a problem amongst the Watchers. One of the six sentinels who keep the immortal realm from manipulating our everyday life has been replaced by an impostor. These sentinels watch for breaches in the Veil which prevents dangerous creatures from leaking through to us.

Your task, as a Hand of the Watchers, is to discover the false sentinel and report back. You must find and question the six, gain their trust, and puzzle out whose actions don't fit. This is your chance to make your mark amongst the Watchers. But beware – other Hands have been assigned the same task. To prove yourself, keep out of their sight, and try to identify them and catch them unawares.

The winner is the team who solves the puzzle the fastest, with the fewest points against them.

Game designers
Crooked House

Game Type
Suitable for everyone

Do I need to bring anything?
You will need something to take a digital picture (i.e. a mobile phone or digital camera)

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The Eschaton -

The world is mapped out on the ground beneath your feet and you are a member of a key international power bloc. Will you negotiate your way to victory through means of diplomacy or will you go on the offensive by raining down tennis-based nuclear attacks on your enemies? The end of the world is nigh. Pick your side. Pick up a racket. Let the games begin. 'The Eschaton' is created by and inspired by a game described in David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest'.

Game Designer:
Venice as a Dolphin

Game type:
18+

Alison John's picture

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This is Bingo but not as you know it. You become the bingo balls and your mobile phone the dabbers. Run, hide and capture as many moving targets (if you can) in this fun game of Human Bingo. Use your camera to take photo’s of other numbers. As soon as you get a full set....BINGO!!!

Game designers
yellobrick

Game Type
18+

Do I need to bring anything?
You will need something to take a digital picture (a phone or digital camera for example) We will supply the rest

Alison John's picture

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An exciting game of storytelling and creativity. Grab a set of lettered tiles and head out into the city. Twist shop signs, roadsigns and headlines to your will. When you return bring back your story and relive it with the rest of the players.

Game designers
Kevan Davis

Game Type
Suitable for everyone

Do I need to bring anything?
You will need something to take a digital picture (i.e. a mobile phone or digital camera)

Julian Sykes's picture

Blow Football is an exciting two player augmented reality game. Augmented reality is an exciting technology and Blow Football points to some of the innovations in gaming we will see in the coming years. Taking a smart phone/tablet players go head to head to score 5 goals - simple. A tournament will be held on the day. From 16 players to Cardiff Champion!

Game designers
Make & See

Game Type
Suitable for everyone

Alison John's picture

deerstalker

The year is 1733. Roguish villain Chick Turpin, notorious for deer thievery and highway robbery, has captured the Queen’s prize Stag. A hefty reward is offered for it’s safe return. Can you out-run Chick Turpin, rescue the stag, and recover hoards of stolen booty along the way?

This thrilling treasure hunt, tag team, relay race chase, casts players as 18th century villagers with good noses for hunting and an ability to run (almost) like the wind. But will village heroes become villainous crooks? The choice is yours, share the booty with your team, or head for the grand reward alone…

Game designers:
Team Beak

Game Type:
Suitable for everyone.
Requires mobility.

Alison John's picture

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Pick me up, pass me around and one lucky person will get the prize.

The parcel has instructions that must be followed. Where will they lead you? Who will you meet along the way? And the question on everyone's lips.......who will win the surprise?

A re-work of Surpass the Parcel. Your chance to socialise and unwrap some new prizes.

Game designers
Original idea by Kevan Davis and Holly Gramazio but tweaked by thinkARK for playARK

Game Type
Suitable for everyone

Do I need to bring anything?
Just bring yourself

Julian Sykes's picture

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Choose between numbers 1 and 2.
It's simple.
You can only choose one number.
Number 1 will lead you one way and 2 will lead you another.

Life in beta is a test immersive experience developed by yello brick that explores the ripples and traces that people leave behind. Listen, observe and explore the world through a phone call with a stranger.

Game designers
yello brick

Game Type
Suitable for everyone

Do I need to bring anything?
You will need a mobile phone to play life in beta

Julian Sykes's picture

IMG_2283

We thought we would look at an old game and make it that bit tougher. Fancy an egg and spoon race but with space hoppers thrown into the mix?

Your chance to relive those sports day challenges.

Game designers
yellobrick

Game Type
12+

Do I need to bring anything?
Just bring yourself and your game face

Julian Sykes's picture

We hope you can join us for drinks after the days exertions.

Wednesday Club

Why not come along to our meeting on Wednesday evenings and see how you can get involved! Click here to view our calendar.

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