Playful: Smart People Plus RPS-Games-Ramble


Completely forgot to mention this. The Thinkosium – sold out within hours and we’ve just had the final guest confirm, who’s a splendid addition – is obviously the biggie, but there’s more to RPS and the London Games Fringe than that. I’m actually speaking at Playful, which is a day long event on the 31st of October where various chaps and chapesses have a good old ramble. And there’s a video of me yabbering beneath the cut about what I plan to speak about…

Kieron Gillen talks Playful:Game Design London from Toby Barnes on Vimeo.

Also, anyone who fancies having a good old stalk can hyper-analyse what books I’ve got on my shelves.

Tickets are twenty-five quid a shot and here’s the full list of speakers…

09:30 Intro: Toby Barnes (Pixel-Lab)
09:40 James Wallis (Spaaace)
10:00 Roo Reynolds (BBC)
10:20 Tanya Kryzwinska (Brunel University)
10:40 Eric Clough (212box)
11:00 Break
11:20 Adrian & Dan Hon (six to start)
11:40 Chris Delay (Introversion)
12:00 David G. Surman
12:20 Jolyon Webb (Blitz)
12:40 Electroplankton Orchestra
13:15 Alex Fleetwood (Sandpit / Hide and Seek Festival)
13:35 Tom Armitage (Headshift)
13:55 Matthew Irvine Brown (
14:15 Eric Zimmerman (Game lab)
14:40 Break
15:10 Matt Biddulph (Dopplr)
15:30 Iain Tate (poke London)
15:50 Kars Alfrink (
16:10 Kieron Gillen

So lots of terribly clever people, plus me. Man!


  1. Seniath says:

    I don’t think ‘yabbering’ quite covers it… ;)

  2. Alec Meer says:


  3. Dante says:

    Damn you and you philosophical gaming discussions! Why must you hold them when us decent people have to work?

  4. Bobsy says:

    Also, anyone who fancies having a good old stalk can hyper-analyse what books I’ve got on my shelves.

    McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. Actually, considering the constant confusion between slander and libel on RPS podcasts, unlikely.

  5. Radiant says:

    That bookshelf is rather tidy.
    Do you not read?

  6. Kieron Gillen says:

    You haven’t seen the rest of the house.


  7. Edgar the Peaceful says:

    Conway Hall is a really nice place, by the way. It’s an old partly wood-pannelled hall in the corner of a Bloomsbury square. It has the air of the Bloomsbury set / William Morris / Workers’ Co-operatives. Lots of good stuff, including echoey gigs, happen there.

  8. cyrenic says:

    Note that Kieron has been scheduled as the last speaker and thus doesn’t have a time limit on his speech. I’m sure that wasn’t deliberate or anything.

  9. Ben Abraham says:

    “Hello I’m Kieron Gillen and I SLAM CUPS!”

  10. Jim Rossignol says:

    Kieron slams *everything*. I’m not even joking.

  11. Adam Hepton says:

    That you’re last on means that they either think you’re the best, to keep people sticking around to the end, or that you are likely to be so drunk by that point that you provide Kerry Katona-like entertainment.

  12. Down Rodeo says:

    You talk too quietly Mr Gillen! But I suppose, London to Edinburgh is a way to shout. Consider yourself forgiven this time. I’d like to go but really couldn’t, in any way. At all.

    Moderately related – shiny previews! Mmm.

  13. yns88 says:

    I really hope this event will be videotaped and internet-ized.

  14. Klaus says:

    I was going to ask who “Break” was, then I realized that I’m an idiot.

  15. Hobbes says:

    And all the while the evil, red Darwinian Angel of Death hung above him.

  16. roBurky says:

    Are you going to tell who these new confirmed guests for the thinkosium are? Or have you already said somewhere I’ve not noticed?

  17. Kieron Gillen says:

    When it’s sold out, why mention it and spoil the lovely surprise?


  18. toby barnes says:

    We will be plying KG with vodka all day, the sun will be down, it is 31st October, and his true face will be revealed.