Glasgow Games Festival returns

09 November 2015

Last year's Glasgow Games Festival attracted 150 enthusiasts.

Last year's Glasgow Games Festival attracted 150 enthusiasts.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will once again lend its support to a marathon boardgame-playing event. 

Students and staff from the University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment will volunteer at the Glasgow Games Festival, which will take place at the city’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday, November 15 from 10am until 11pm.

GCU will also sponsor the event, which it hosted last year.

More than 250 budding gamers from all over Scotland are expected to attend and GCU students acting as volunteers at the event will also exhibit their own prototype boardgames to participants, inviting valuable feedback.

Brian McDonald, Programme Leader and Lecturer in Games Software Development, School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We view events such as the Glasgow Games Festival as a way for students to engage with the many different boardgames that are out there. This will, hopefully, inspire them to create something new and unique in their future career as game designers.”

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

He said: “We were amazed by the response when we ran the event for the first time last year. We had 150 attendees and, at one point, had to draft in extra tables. The feedback was also very positive, particularly regarding our helpers. As a result of this success, and subsequent word of mouth, we have extended the capacity this year, although we have already sold a third of tickets online. We are confident it will be a great event, and look forward to welcoming existing gamers from across Scotland as well as introducing new people to the wider world of boardgames.”

On the day, there will be a staffed games library, as well as helpers on hand to teach games. The library will be a resource both for people who are new to modern boardgames and are looking for somewhere to start, as well as for experienced gamers who want to try different games, including a selection of brand new releases. The collection also includes a selection of games designed for families to play along with their children.

Entry is £6 for adults and £2 for under 16s, with tickets available via Eventbrite online or on the door. More details are available at