Marathon boardgame event held at GCU

01 December 2014

There were 160 people playing over 200 games in 13 hours at the event

There were 160 people playing over 200 games in 13 hours at the event

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) hosted a marathon boardgame-playing event at the weekend – with 160 enthusiasts in attendance.

Students from the University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment acted as volunteers at the event and also exhibited their own prototype boardgames to participants, inviting valuable feedback. They helped organise the boardgame collection, register attendees, take photos and also teach game rules.

In total, over 200 boardgames were played in 13 hours.

Brian McDonald, Programme Leader and Lecturer in Games Software Development, School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “GCU was the perfect place for this, as we have large spaces and a history of hosting events such as the Global Game Jam.

“Additionally, I believe an event such as this complements our games programmes as we use boardgames as a prototyping tool. Helping to host it shows we take the design and playing of boardgames as seriously as the design and playing of digital games.”

The event, open to all enthusiasts of board, card and dice games, was the brainchild of Nick Pitman, a full-time doctor and spare-time games fan.

He said: “I have been a fan of modern board games for about 10 years, and have managed to accumulate a collection of around 350 games in this time. GCU answered my call when I was looking for a venue to host such an event.”