On Thursday 13 October, from 6:30 to 10pm, we’ll be at the National Maritime Museum for the last Sandpit of the year! We’ve got the run of the whole museum, so we’ll be filling it with all sorts of strange games and exciting corners, in honour of the opening of the new Traders wing…
The Sandpit is a regular playing and playtesting event, where artists, game designers and theatre-makers present completely new games. There’s running and scurrying and solving and hiding and plotting; paper and brightly-coloured hats and treachery and more. It’s intended primarily for adults.
Print, Print Superstar, from Sophie Sampson: a fast and furious block printing game for four people. This is a two round game, referencing the glorious precision of indian wood block printing. Think of it as competitive craft.
Trade Winds, from Francis Barking: Find your port in a storm. A
breathtaking voyage across 5 of the seven seas.
Headmaps, from Marc Vousden: a game of blindfold navigation. Listen carefully for the other ships, and see if you can navigate your way safely through the ports.
Treasure Maze, from Viviane Schwarz: Treasure-laden ships capsize above the sprawling maze of the sea. Dive for treasure and hide in secret caves from deadly sharks.
Spice Wars, from Minkette and Katy Bateman: A fast-paced physical game. Dodge cannonballs and race against the clock to get your goods safely home. Which company will be victorious?
Unlimited Port-ential, from Nick Giles: Ply the seas to make your trade routes, and see the world. Only no-one’s told you where anything is – perhaps one of those nice explorers knows.
I <3 Celebes, from Matthew Marcus: A game of (ir)responsible capitalism in 19th century Indonesia.
Schooner or Later, from Casework: A large-scale trading game for wool, tea and pepper – just don’t let anyone catch you breaking any local port laws…
Smugglers Run, from A Door in a Wall: A game of smuggling with themes of trust, negotiation and corruption. One for those of you with honest smiles and a taste for betrayal.
Rangoli, from Jenifer Toksvig and Ben Davies: Ganesha is the elephant-headed Hindu god with four arms. Ben is going to draw Ganesha making a Rangoli with a brush in each hand. If you too have four arms, you can make a Rangoli on your own! Otherwise, you have to pair up into groups of 2 or 4 people and make a mirror Rangoli as a team.