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Now Play This

At the Now Play This exhibition of experimental game design i n London, we meet Kristi Minchin, one of the boundary-pushing artists rede fining how we play

BREAKING THE RULES

Groups of people clutching flags wander around a labyrinth made of security barriers. Wooden tankards are banged on a barrel in time to a pirate sea shanty.

This isn’t playing as you know it. Theseinventive experiences and more are part of Now Play This, an annual celebration and exhibition of boundary-pushing game design held in London’s Somerset House. (And, for full clarity, directed by Holly Gramazio, who previously penned Tabletop Gaming’s ‘Kickstarting from Scratch’ column.) Bringing together interactive exhibits that span both the analogue and digital worlds – other works include a multiplayer version of Tetris where each player only has a single button on their NES game controller, and an amusing twist on karaoke where iconic songs’ lyrics are replaced with rhyming gobbledegook – Now Play This serves as a vital reminder that play can be so much more than cards, miniatures and rulebooks.

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