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Board Games conference in Ipswich

University Campus Suffolk hosted the 17th annual colloquium of the International Board Game Studies.

Academics, archaeologists, game inventors, historians, museum curators, PhD students and independent games scholars from around the world gathered at UCS to present their research and to discuss games over the course of the five-day event at the waterfront campus in Ipswich.
An informal reception marked the start of the event, attended by the Mayor of Ipswich, Bill Quinton, who, with UCS Provost Richard Lister, met the delegates and welcomed them to Ipswich and to UCS. Staff from Ipswich Borough Council’s Tourist Information Centre attended with information on the local area for delegates – who were visiting from as far afield as Japan, Brazil, Russia, America and across Europe as well as universities and museums across the UK,

Twenty-seven research papers were presented from on topics ranging from Iron Age board games to the use of Micro-CT and 3-D printing in the manufacture of chessmen.

One of the sessions was led by a group of UCS students on the BA (Hons) Computer Games Design course. The students, who make computer games and board games as part of their coursework, presented their games to delegates, including award-winning game designers. Delegates had the chance to play the students’ games, discuss aspects of design and offer some comments on game mechanics.

Delegates had opportunities to enjoy the local area, enjoying a river cruise on the Orwell Lady, and an informal networking session.

Colloquium organiser Eddie Duggan, Senior Teaching Practitioner in the Department of Arts & Humanities at UCS, said that the event “brought some of the world’s leading scholars in the field of games studies to Ipswich and UCS. I am honoured to have been able to present my research to such an illustrious gathering and I am pleased to have been able to provide UCS staff and students with the opportunity to participate in such a significant event.”

He added: “In recent years The Board Game Studies colloquia have been held in Jerusalem, Paris, Bruges, Munich and the Azores. The next will be at the Swiss Games Museum on the shore of Lake Geneva. It is clear from the feed-back from delegates that we have set the bar quite high, and future events will have to pull out all the stops to match Ipswich’s offering.”

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