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Hattie Lloyd 28/03/19

Now Play This

It’s a good thing nobody has a monopoly on games set across London.

Because it means that we can look forward to events like April’s London Games Festival – and specifically, the events going on at Somerset House for their own micro-festival, Now Play This.

Now an annual occurrence, it’ll see the latest releases from independent games makers come together across the former mansion’s palatial New Wing. The creatives behind it aren’t just game designers, though – you can expect thought-provoking installations from poets, writers and contemporary artists, too, many of whom will be running exclusive workshops over the opening weekend. For its eighth year, the theme is ‘games and democracy’, so you can expect some experimental new creations exploring power, representation and decision-making, including…

  • Chorus Effect, in which you’ll simultaneously act as a ventriloquist’s dummy, reading a text aloud to the sound of someone else’s voice while recording your own for a future player;
  • Hwa Young Jung‘s card game exploring the history of the Civil Rights movement;
  • Flag For Removal, a fast-paced insight into the world of social media moderators in which you’ll race against AI;
  • Rules & Roberts, a live, democracy-focussed take on Dungeons & Dragons; and
  • We Should Totally Stab Caesar!, a historical-ahistorical comedy game in which you play a terrible senator.

Any gaming fans who miss it will be inconsolable.


NOTE: Now Play This runs at Somerset House from 8th – 10th April. Tickets cost £9 – you can book, and find out more, HERE.

Main image credit: Robert Bye/Unsplash

Now Play This | Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

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Now Play This

New Wing, Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA
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