It’s not one of those showcasy industry ones, instead it’s an academic conference by DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) and I’ll be volunteering! As far as I know, that means preparing conference rooms, taking registrations and similar. I’ve never been to a conference like this before, so it’s a big thing for me.
After writing this post, I’ll be packing my bags to go to Utrecht tomorrow evening. Then I’ll be attending the 3½ days the conference lasts and then a day trip to Amsterdam.
There will be panels on a wide variety of topics and I’m already excited about more events than I can actually attend. It feels like it’s a music festival, only the concerts are discussions and presentation events and everything is about games in one way or another. That’s like a festival that only plays your favourite kind of music!
Below I’ve cut out the events I’d be interested in, just to give an idea about what will happen, WoW and Minecraft is mentioned several times and there’s even a session on animal play!
In total I’ll be out of the country for 6 days, away from VisualRoleplayGear, away from this blog. This means my Solo Play series will have to pause for a weeks time. When I get back to it, I will move on to why people don’t play a single-player game since they play alone anyways and finally the question of how the multiplayer atmosphere affects solo play.
I’ll also be writing a post about how this conference went, my first stay at a hostel and going to Utrecht, which looks to be a beautiful place. I’m a nerve-wreck right now and I’m suspecting I’ll be standing in the airport of Amsterdam tomorrow and not really understanding what the heck is going on.
luck! a good trip!