The Game Kitchen is a group of people based around London who are interested in roleplaying game design. The purpose of this group is to meet up and talk about the design of Nordic larp, freeform games (UK and American) and story games, and then – using what we learn from each other, and from what other people have done before us – we’ll create some games. We’ll then share those games, and our conversations about the process, online so that others can learn from what we’re doing.
We know that some of the most interesting developments in game design have come from improv, theatre, storytelling, art and video games so we welcome input from any of those fields. Experience in writing and designing games is not necessary; enthusiasm, open-mindedness and a willingness to experiment are all you need to take part.
As well as maintaining this website, this group will run three different types of events:
1) Workshops. These will be organiser-lead group discussions focused on a particular aspect of game design. These will usually last for three to four hours. Suggestions are always welcome for topics.
2) Game design meetups. These events will usually be in conjunction with a workshop, and will focus on using techniques and design aspects discussed in the workshop to create a larp, freeform or story game. These will usually last for three to four hours, with one or more people with access to a laptop taking notes.
3) Game play meetup. These events will usually be in conjunction with a game design event, although games written by other people will occasionally be run as stand-alone events. These will usually last for three to four hours.
Sounds interesting. How do I sign up?
We’ll post up events as they’re created. If you’re interested in the event, accept the invitation and come along. We’ll explain it all once you get there.
I’ve got a great idea for a Game Kitchen event. How do I set one up?
Post on the group’s Facebook page and if it sounds like the kind of thing our members would be up for, we’ll make it happen.
Can I sell my awesome Game Kitchen game?
All the games we make during Game Kitchen events will be published on this website under the Creative Commons license, so anyone can access them for free.