WordPlay is our free one-day festival celebrating the most interesting uses of writing and words in contemporary games. Like last year, there will be a curated game showcase, talks by creators about the craft, and ways for the public to try their hand at making games.
Featuring international special guests!
If you would like to volunteer to help (10 volunteer hours earn you Hand Eye Society membership and voting rights in the January Annual General Meeting) please email us and we’ll loop you in on volunteer opportunities in the lead up to and on the day itself.
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You can peruse some photos of the 2013 event here and videos of the discussion and panel are below.
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.
About 2/3s of these games are free, but remember you can always support the game makers by following them, writing about them, or emailing them thoughtful feedback.
Actual Sunlight & Actual Sunlight 3D (Will O’Neill)
Aisle (Sam Barlow)
And the Robot Horse You Rode in On (Anna Anthropy)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
Conversations With My Mother (merritt kopas)
Counterfeit Monkey (Emily Short)
Cry$tal Warrior Ke$ha (Porpentine)
Depression Quest (Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey, & Isaac Schankler)
Ergon / Logos (Molleindustria)
Even Cowgirls Bleed (Christine Love)
First Draft of the Revolution (Emily Short, Liza Daly, & inkle)
Forumwarz (Crotch Zombie Productions)
HIGH END CUSTOMIZABLE SAUNA EXPERIENCE (Porpentine)
LongStory (The LongStory Team)
Lost Pig: And Place Under Ground (Admiral Jota)
Negative Space (Maddox Pratt)
SAVE MERLIN THE PIG! (Leigh Alexander)
Spellirium (Untold Entertainment)
The Gostak (Carl Muckenhoupt)
The Yawhg (Emily Carroll & Damian Sommer)
TRUNKED (Ian Daffern)
Violet (Jeremy Freese)
We Are the Firewall (Alan DeNiro)
Word Realms (Asymmetric)