This Wednesday, thirty designers and players and interested strangers came to the Hide&Seek office to talk about this year’s Sandpits and Weekender, our playing and playtesting events for new games. Thank you so much to everyone who came – we’re still processing all your suggestions and feedback, and trying to figure out what to keep and what to change and how things will work this year.
We’ll be absorbing all of this and working out what we should change, what can be different in time for the Sandpit on 25 May, and what needs to happen over a longer timespan. For those of you who were interested but couldn’t come, these are the main things we talked about, and our initial notes from discussions… if you have anything to add, or think something below is a great or a terrible idea, then please do comment!
Come along to Holland Park from 2:00-6:00pm on Monday 18 June, for a free afternoon of games around the themes of movement and spectacle. There’ll be games with picnic blankets, processions down the pathways, music, deck chairs, banting, walking tours and much more.
Come along to the Southbank Centre from 6:30-10:00 on Monday 18 June, for a free evening of games around the theme of performance. There’ll be games with music, games with dance and movement, games with theatre – and games that get the players performing, drumming, reading aloud, dancing and more. We’re still designing and curating games for the evening, but among others, there’ll be:
Come along to the Southbank Centre from 6:30-10:00 on Friday 25 May, for a free evening of games – new sports, reimagined game shows, competitive commentary, pen-and-paper pursuits, and much more.
There’ll be games to play and games to watch, games with comperes, and secret games hidden in corners. There’ll be scheduled games (book places from 6:30), games where the audience plays a role, and games you can just turn up to.
On 2 May we’ll be holding an open discussion group to talk about our upcoming series of Sandpits – public playing and playtesting events where designers and artists try out new game ideas. If you’re interested in being involved – either as a designer, or a player who wants to help make the events better – then do come along and let us know what you think.
Book a space on Eventbrite if you’re coming, so we know how many people to expect!
Here’s another announcement that we’re bursting with excitement about: Sandpits and the Weekender are back!
The Sandpit is a space where anyone (including YOU) can experiment with new ideas for games that take place in public spaces – a place where players, artists, game designers, makers and thinkers of every stripe can get together, play stuff, and talk. They feel like big parties to us. We love them! They look like this.
The Sandpit series will culminate in the Hide&Seek Weekender at the Southbank Centre on 14-16 September – a weekend-long festival filled with games that were developed through the Sandpit, running alongside playful work around the world.
It’s been a while since the last Sandpit, our irregular playing and playtesting event for trying out new game ideas. But we’ve now got not one but two Sandpits just around the corner – and this time they might, for the first time ever, even involve some actual sand, because they’re both themed around the sea.
Come along to the Southbank from 6:30 to 10pm for an evening of games and playful experiences! As part of the Southbank Centre’s seaside weekend, we’ll be running a night of seaside-themed games in Royal Festival Hall and around the Southbank.