Game Changers

Another Way to Play

07 Apr – 07 May 2017

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.45)
Wed–Fri 11.00-20.00 (last entry 19.45)

Terrace Rooms
South Wing

Discover how traditional forms of chess, billiards and mazes continue to influence designers making exciting new games today. 

Running as an extension of Now Play This, Game Changers provides an in-depth look at the creative process behind game design.

Game Changers
Game Changers - Ben Peter Catchpole

A timeline tracing how traditional forms of chess, billiards and mazes have evolved with a selection of contemporary examples – both physical and digital - is on show for visitors to try, including:

Four regional variations of Orthogonal/Diagonal, Nova Jiang’s modified chess sets which showed at Now Play This in 2016. Inspired by traditional Bauhaus chess sets, the pieces’ physical shape indicates how they should move.

A playable installation of Zach Gage’s Really Bad Chess, a digital game that recreates chess with a random selection of pieces for each player.

Home Turf, by Ed Saperia, a distorted billiards table that combines the normal challenges of billiards with a deliberately difficult shape.

INKS by State of Play, an on-screen game within a physical pinball-style environment – derived from more traditional forms of billiards and bagatelle.

Maze, a challenging, two-player table-top maze game by sculptor Alexander Berchert.

Game Changers - Ben Peter Catchpole

Pop-up shop

An exclusive range of specially sourced books and games are available from our Game Changers pop-up shop

A selection of exclusive items are also available from our online shop.

Game Changers Pop-up Shop