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Yorkshire Games Festival 2016

A five-day extravaganza celebrating games culture, design and production, with special guests, workshops, master classes, and a fun-packed weekend for gamers of all ages.

The first Yorkshire Games Festival took place in November 2016. Our amazing guests included leading lights of the gaming industry such as Warren Spector, John and Brenda Romero, Rhianna Pratchett and Charles Cecil. We also welcomed three stars of YouTube sensation The Yogscast, who combined an audience Q&A with live big-screen gameplay.

Festival programme

Wednesday 9 November

11.00 Introduction to Writing for Games with Steve Ince

13.30 Rob Bartholomew, Creative Assembly: From Vikings to Orcs—How to Prepare for Total War to Sell Your Game

14.30 Charles Cecil, Revolution Software: Developing Adventure Games, Past, Present and Future

15.30 Script Raider: A Conversation with Rhianna Pratchett

17.00 The Guardian Interview with Keith Stuart, Jordan Erica Webber and guests from the day

Thursday 10 November

10.30 Introduction to Writing for Games with Steve Ince

13.00 Warren Spector: The Guardian Interview

13.30 Brenda Romero: Mother, Woman, Girl: A Lifetime in Games

14.30 Adrian Hon, Six to Start: Fit for Purpose: Games for Health

15.30 Gary Napper, Supermassive Games: Designing for VR: A New Rulebook

17.00 The Guardian Interview with Keith Stuart, Jordan Erica Webber and guests from the day

Friday 11 November

10.30 Game Design Workshop with Fee Stewart of GAMAYO

13.00 John Romero: The Early Days of id Software: Programming Principles

14.30 Kevin Carthew, Team17: The Making of Worms W.M.D

15.30 Sean Millard and Seb Liese, Sumo Digital: Sumos, Snakes and Creative Sparks

17.00 Edge Presents: An Audience with John Romero

20.00 DJ Yoda’s History of Gaming

Saturday 12 November

10.00–17.00 Yorkshire Games Showcase

10.00–17.00 Nintendo Zone

10.00–21.00 Bradford College Creative Crunch

10.30, 12.30, 14.30 Making the Museum in Minecraft/Minecraft Freeplay

14.00 How to Be an Entertainment Star on YouTube with Yogscast

From 12.00 The Festival Game Jam (24-hour event)

Sunday 13 November

10.00–17.00 Yorkshire Games Showcase

10.00–17.00 Nintendo Zone

10.00–16.00 Bradford College Creative Crunch

10.30, 12.30, 14.30 Making the Museum in Minecraft/Minecraft Freeplay

14.00 How to Be an Entertainment Star on YouTube with Yogscast