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playARK Hack Week 2013 Day 3

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playARK Hack Week 2013 Day 3

playARK Hack Week 2013 Day 3

playARK Hack Week 2013 Day 3

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We wanted to do something extra for playARK Festival and Talks 2013, so we decided that this year we would run a hack week that would bring together individuals from different disciplines to develop unique ideas that explore the theme of RECLAIMED.

In conjunction with yello brick, the aim of play:DO Hack week is to create a playful and socially aware experience that utilises creative technology and reclaims traditional approaches to how we live and work within our cities. The week will focus on the idea of knowledge exchange and open experimentation and we hope the week will create opportunities for future collaborations for the individuals involved.

Nine individuals will be working together to develop three prototype projects that will be shared and discussed at the playARK Festival talks (Friday 1st November) and run as an event at the playARK Games Day (Saturday 2nd November)

Our Hackers are:

- Kevin Moss – creative director of Make&See who create branded digital content & experiences. His cross platform stories have been shortlisted at MipTV and Power to the Pixel and won the Media Festival, Channel 4 Digital Art Prize.

- John Collingswood - one half of TaikaBox, a Cardiff-based company specialising in the integration of dance and digital media.

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This year we have some fantastic games for you to come and play. We have scoured the world for the best in street games and computer assisted games. All games are free apart from our headline game.

A game that tests your speed, wits and cunning. You've been sent by the Big Boss, Bad-Ass Billy Ball-Breaker, to pick up a special shipment; you've got to smuggle as many packages as you can through Cardiff bay. But you've got competition; other gangs, bent coppers and a host of crooked characters want a cut too. You'll have to out-wit, out-run and doublecross them to get your way back to base. There are a lot of dirty dealers out there; you've got one hour to do the right thing…
Please note this game is played across multiple locations in Cardiff Bay.

GAME DESIGNERS: Brent Morgan & Stephen Donnelly
TICKETS: £5.00 available from WMC -


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We are delighted to announce a number of opportunities available to creatives and artists for playARK festival 2013. We are commissioning game designers and experience makers to bring their games to Cardiff this November. The games can be anything from pervasive street games to computer assisted games. During playARK festival 2013 we will be programming two headline games, five pop-in games and then two games specifically for family orientated audiences. So if you have a game that you have already designed or you want to bring something new that will premiere at playARK we want to hear from you.

Below is a link for application packed full of further information on what we are looking for.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon August 30th

Find Out More and Apply Here

If you have any queries regarding this opportunity please contact Natalie

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Your chance to try the best board games around. A dedicated area for you to chat and play. We have teamed up with the guys from Rules of Play to create a space where you will be able to drop in and learn new games that either take a few minutes or a few hours. A great opportunity to see just how complex and immersive Board Games have become.

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Curated by Rules of Play

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Suitable for everyone

Do I need to bring anything?
Just bring yourself and your game face

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Just putting a note in here, the digital equivalent of sticking a twig in the sand.

Gareth at Welsh ICE would like to discuss the possibility of running games at the official opening of the Welsh ICE in April. A huge big empty building to play with!!! Hmmmm... Gareth will make it down to ARK sometime soon to talk about this. So this is just a heads-up.

Also, because I said I'd mention it to you guys and then *completely forgot*, he showed me an app called Aurasma -!/aurasma and - it could be put to very good use in games... (provided the wifi coverage is decent).

Signing off for now. x

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