I’m going to be speaking at Interesting North in Sheffield on Saturday 13th November. Alongside a great lineup of speakers, I’ll be giving a talk called – at the moment – Five Things Rules Do, which I’ve summarised thus:
The thing that make games Games isn’t joypads, or scores, or 3D graphics, or little bits of cardboard, or many-sided dice. It’s the rules and mechanics beating in their little clockwork hearts. That may be a somewhat dry reduction of thousands of years of fun, but my aim is to celebrate and explore the many things that games (and other systemic media) do with the rules at their foundation. And, on the way, perhaps change your mind at exactly what rules are for.
It’s already sold out, but if you’ve got a ticket – perhaps see you there!