Showcasing the wider possibilities of games, the peculiar, the beautiful, the deeply experimental. It's a place for games that get us playing in new and wonderful ways - whether that's in groups, on our own, outside, inside, on or underneath tables. Games that send us running across courtyards, games situated on nearby screens, games that take place entirely in our heads.
Fri 07 & Sat 08 Apr 10.00-20.00 (last entry 19.15), Sun 09 April 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15)
The three-day event returns, coinciding with the city-wide games initiative, London Games Festival. Filled with a host of hands-on opportunities for visitors to get involved.
New for 2017
New for this year is a Cabinet of Impossible Games, where people can discover games that were never played, providing a new way to think about the process of designing and producing for play. Examples will include plans for playgrounds that could not be built, incomplete video games, and designs for board games that were never produced.
"A diverse and fascinating selection of experimental games"
Also new for 2017 is The Ten Second Room, filled with games exploring the way duration impacts play, that will challenge players to complete a task at top speed, such as trying a hand at being a virtual make-up artist, or sketching a digital masterpiece. Three brand new games, specially commissioned for Now Play This from international artists, Patrick Smith (Vector Park), Lee Shang Lun, and Yara El-Shabini will also make their debut.
A series of five-minute Microtalks will be running on Friday 7 April, covering a range of subjects from the details of game design to people’s favourite forgotten games from the past.
On Saturday 8 April, the Board Games Showcase will feature a board game library fully-stocked with a range of familiar favourites and brand new games. Visitors will also have the first chance to play a selection of tabletop and board games that are yet to be publicly released, such as RainboDisko, a board game played on a spinning record player. There will also be a line-up of evening talks by architects and artists discussing how to get people playing in everyday life.
The Strange Controllers Showcase on Sunday 9 April will demonstrate alternative creative approaches to a traditional hand-held game controller. Prototypes available to play will include Robin Baumgarten’s Rubber Arms, a game played on a screen but controlled by stretching a rubber band; and Becca Rose’s Bear Abouts, a digital/paper hybrid book that gives children the power to create and influence stories.