Award-Winning Game Designers to Participate in Role Playing Game Symposium

October 18, 2019

Games are more important now than ever. Role-playing games can do work that no other play or entertainment media can. The games can be serious and envoke deep thoughts, encourage discussion of challenging problems and create feelings in a way that nothing else can. The Interactive Media Department at Bradley University is hosting a Role Playing Game Symposium on October 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For the symposium, six award-winning game designers have been invited to speak about their creative work and to play with the participants. Each designer has created games that allow new and surprising experiences. For instance, Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu designed a game called Sign, which is about the development of Guatemalan sign language. Sarah Doombringer is a co-designer of Bluebeard's Bride, which is a game about feminine horror and the restriction of agency. Sharang Biswas has a game about witchcraft, shouting and preparing a salad. These are weird, important experiences that enrich every player.

These designers have important trends to showcase to students and academics working in game design, communication, art, social sciences, and many other fields.

The symposium is being hosted at the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on campus and is free and open to the public. Students and the general public, ages 16 and over, are welcome. There are only 30 seats available, so registration is required. Click here to learn more and/or register. 

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