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Futures of Unconventional Narrative Conference (FUN) Beta

Center for Serious Play

Friday, May 20, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Games + Stories = FUN


The Futures of Unconventional Narrative Conference (FUN) Beta presented by the UW Bothell Center for Serious Play and aided by the Game Design Association, a locally based consortium of game designers committed to the craft of game content creation, explores the increasingly rich intersection between games and stories.

FUN Beta, which will be held in the Center for Serious Play’s innovative work- play space, comprises two tracks of activities running simultaneously and will feature some of the region’s top game designers and interactive narrative gurus.


1:00PM - Keynote Speakers

- Jordan Weisman (CEO, Go Go Kiddo)

- Brian Tinsman (Lead Game Designer, Zynga)


- Narrative Design Track - Geoffrey Long (Narrative Design Producer, Microsoft)

- Game Design Track - Nik Davidson (Founder, Critical Hit Consulting)


- Narrative Design Track - James Ernest (President, Cheapass Games)

- Game Design Track - Tom LaPille (Game Designer, Wizards of the Coast)


- Narrative Design Track - Christopher Taylor (CEO/Creative Director, Gas Powered Games)

- Game Design Track - Erin Hoffman (Game Designer, Zynga)

4:15PM - Jeopardy Panel

5:00PM - Reception

“This event is a great example of how the Center for Serious Play fosters open communication between game and narrative professionals, educators and students in the Puget Sound area,” according to Center for Serious Play Director Wanda Gregory.

Following the workshop will be a reception and the opportunity to play games with some of the presenters. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required due to space limitations.

Have questions about Futures of Unconventional Narrative Conference (FUN) Beta? Contact Center for Serious Play

When & Where

Beardslee Building, UWB
18807 Beardslee Blvd
Suite 107
Bothell, WA 98011

Friday, May 20, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Center for Serious Play

The Center for Serious Play has been opened up to bring students, faculty, and external groups together in ways that will benefit the campus community as a whole.  The Center offers students a dynamic learning environment centered around creative collaborations with student teams, faculty and industry.  The program responds to student interest in fields related to serious play and offers opportunities to develop innovative solutions to real-world issues.
As an interdisciplinary center, the Center for Serious Play will foster opportunities for faculty to move forward with teaching, research and scholarly interests by:
  • Building research collaborations across programs
  • Providing opportunities for dissemination of research
  • Attracting graduate students
  • Generating financial resources
  • Providing space and equipment resources
The Center for Serious Play looks to build responsive partnerships with regional industry, raising UW Bothell’s visibility and positive impact in the community it serves.
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