Project Play- Aftermath

Today I attended Project Play, London’s first (or is that most recent? not sure) gaming convention of the universal sort. What I mean by that is that there wasn’t just Role Playing Games, or Tabletop Games, or Electronic Games, or Console Games, or Mobile Games, or Tablet Games or Classic Games or even Card Games- there was all of them! And more!

Fanshawe’s Student Union building was filled with game sellers, producers, and players. It also played host to Doll fans, Cosplayers, and Anime fans, who each had their own little areas, and other oddities like the Personal Computer Museum. (Which made me feel quite old as I looked at all the consoles I used to play as a kid, like the Atari 2600, the Intellivision, and the Commodore 64. I remember when the Vic 20 was new!) A nice collection of different smaller fandoms all under one roof that wouldn’t normally have enough people for a con, but could collectively benefit from being together.

I arrived about halfway into the event and I spent my time flitting from place to place and visiting with different people I knew, but mostly I spent time at the Forest City Go Club table playing teaching games of Go with Matt and Mark (who were kind enough to give up their day to man the table). When I first got there the club had been relegated to a back room, but eventually we managed to get moved to a more central location between a number of video game producers and things really started to hum! Quite a few people were interested in learning about Go, and with luck we made a few new Go fans. (And maybe club members! We’ll see in the coming weeks!)

I’d say somewhere between two and three hundred people came out to Project Play today. That’s just a guess, but by the afternoon that place was really moving, and it was a joy to see. There have been attempts to hold Comic and Sci-Fi conventions in London before, with varying degrees of success, but none of them really brought together so many diverse groups and done it so well.

I hope that there’s another Project Play next year, and that it’s bigger and better advertised than this one! I think they’ve only tapped their potential, and will just get bigger and better from here!

Rob

Project Play

The biggest hands-on gaming event in Southwestern Ontario

Gaming, Digital Art Showcase, Cosplay and more, to provide gaming opportunities for children in need

Fanshawe Student Centre – Sunday, September 16, 2012, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Project Play.

Forest City Cup- London’s First Go Tournament!

It’s amazing how some things progress in life. A year ago I was just a single player dreaming of there being a Go club here in London. Now, I’m not only the organizer of a successful Go Club, I’m also working with the Chinese Canadian National Council’s London Chapter, and our local Chinese Newspaper to help put on a full tournament!

Come check it out!

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When: Saturday, November 19th, 2011.

Where: Chinese Canadian National Council London, Ontario. Located at 1701 Trafalgar Street, London, Ontario N5W 1X2.

Cost: $8 per person. Pizza lunch can be made available upon registration.

Registration: Please register before hand, as seating is limited to 40 participants. Please see the Event Brite page http://forestcitycup.eventbrite.com/ to pre-register online, or email the Forest City Go Club to register.

Transportation: The LTC bus system will be able to take anyone to and from the location. The one bus route, which goes to the tournament, ends at 6PM on Saturday, so please make sure to have other means to depart from the tournament. This bus in question is the Trafalgar route.

Schedule:

8:30-9AM            Setup

9:30-10:30AM    Round 1

11-12PM              Round 2

12-1PM               Lunch

1:30-2:30PM       Round 3

3-4PM                   Round 4

4:30-5PM             Award Ceremony

Rules:

CGA rules, minus the scoring system.

-The scoring system (Japanese or Chinese) will be determined by the players. If each player wants to use a different system, a flip of a coin will be used to decide.

-Komi is 6.5 points.

-Handicap: handicap -1 stone, no handicap for the Dan division.

Time per games: 25 Minutes Main Time, and 25 stones/5 minutes Canadian.

Prizes: Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each division.