Analog UK: Tabletop Gaming in the 21st Century

Product ID:SEM4968

Type: Seminars

Day: Friday

Price: £0.00

Start time: 13:00:00 - End Time: 13:50:00

Maximum Players: 100

Event Description

For the past fifteen months, Matt Coward-Gibbs (University of York) has been conducting interviews and focus groups, attending conventions and, importantly, playing games to collect data for his PhD research project. His project, an ethnography, is community-led, interpretivist in nature, holistic in approach, and charts the continuing growth of tabletop gaming in the UK.

In this seminar, Matt will offer a brief overview of the ‘academic’ study of play before discussing the ongoing development of his research – exploring its methods, emerging themes and initial findings. In the second part of the session, we’ll come together to discuss and respond to the emergent themes of the research as well as consider what best practice in tabletop gaming should look like.

Speaker bio: Matt Coward-Gibbs is a PhD researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of York and a part-time lecturer in Religious Studies at York St John University. His research is concerned with: gamers, gaming, leisure, recreation, ritual and culture. His favourite tabletop games include The Gallerist, Wibbell++, and Azul.