WordPlay 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 7th, 2015, from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library. Admission is free.
To RSVP (not required), please visit our event page on Facebook.
Our mainstage program will run continuously with short intermissions in the main atrium, and will include:
WordPlay will feature a showcase of playable games selected by a jury of creators, critics and writers from within the text narrative game community. Showcase titles for this year include:
The Choosatron is a Choose Your Own Adventure®-inspired story printer, blending digital and analogue storytelling. WordPlay will feature a dedicated room with Choosatron machines that are pre-loaded with a variety of family-friendly Twine games.
In coordination with the Toronto Reference Libary Digital Innovation Hub, WordPlay is pleased to present introductory workshops on several popular free tools for creating text-based narrative games.
Tools selected for workshops this year include:
Availability is limited. Participants may be required to provide their own laptop computers. To pre-register for a workshop, please visit the following form:
For more information, including media requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WordPlay 2015 – Committee
Festival Director: Will O’Neill
Technical Coordinator: Daniel Harley
Submissions Coordinator: Kelsi Morris
Volunteer Coordinator: John Rathiganthan
Members at Large: Kara Stone, Kaitlin Tremblay
WordPlay 2015 – Showcase Jury
Sam Kabo Ashwell (Invisible Parties, IF Criticism)
Jake Elliott (Kentucky Route Zero)
Brendan Hennessy (King of Bees, Bell Park: Youth Detective)
Soha Kareem (reProgram, Penalties)
Tom McHenry (Horse Master, Tonight Dies the Moon)
Squinky (Dominique Pamplemousse, Coffee: A Misunderstanding)
A panel that investigated the intersection between books and games, by people who have one foot in both worlds: webcomic writer Ryan North (To Be or Not to Be, Dinosaur Comics), Hugo-award winner Peter Watts (Crysis 2 novelization), game & comic creator Rachel Kahn (By Crom!), and author/illustrator/game maker Matt Hammill (Sir Reginald’s Logbook, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime). Moderated by novelist and game maker Jim Munroe.
Hand Eye Society co-founder Miguel Sternberg (They Bleed Pixels) sat down with the Chicago-based creators of Kentucky Route Zero, a magical realist point-and-click adventure game with Flannery O’Connor influences that’s charmed the festival circuit (Independent Games Festival, Indiecade). Miguel asked Jake and Tamas thoughtful questions posed by the community.
Festival Director: Will O’Neill Technical Coordinator: Daniel Harley Submissions Coordinator: Kelsi Morris Volunteer Coordinator: John Rathiganthan Members at Large: Kara Stone, Kaitlin Tremblay
Festival identity: Beehive Design