Higher Education Game Alliance Social

10548852_580274022079083_6299296896490693427_oTuesday, July 7. 6:30 – 8:30pm on the Tripp Deck.

The Higher Education Video Game Alliance invites you to join us at a celebration of games in higher education at the Games+Learning+Society Conference in Madison WI on Tuesday, July 7 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Traditional Wisconsin fare will be served. Join us for food, drink, great company, and a beautiful view of Lake Mendota.

Game Night

NetrunnerAndroid: Netrunner is a card game that has taken the game design world by storm. At this year’s GLS, Indiana University’s Playful Culture Lab will host a Networking with Netrunner meetup in the Memorial Union Tripp Commons on the Tuesday evening before the conference. If you’re interested in learning how to play Netrunner, we’re happy to teach you! If you already know how and want to have some fun playing with other GLS attendees, bring your decks. If you’d rather play some other game, like Magic: The Gathering, The Metagame, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Family Business, definitely come and play with us! And, of course,if you’d just like to stop by, socialize, and meet other GLS attendees, then by all means, do.

Zoombinis Launch Party

Zoombinis2Join us on the afternoon of Friday, July 10 for a a launch party celebrating the return of Zoombinis! We’ll be serving pizza and locally-made Wisconsin ice cream. Want to learn more about the game? Check out their Kickstarter page for more info.

GLS Showcase

GLS_ShowcaseThe GLS Showcase (formerly the Educational Game Arcade) is a chance to celebrate the best of educational games. Curated by Dennis Ramirez and co-chair Jason Mathias, the Showcase provides an opportunity for you to play games made by your colleagues. We will also hold an evening GLS Showcase Award Ceremony for the top five games on Thursday evening with special guest judges and master of ceremonies Dan Norton of Filament Games.


Check out the schedule to see the games and their developers!

Speed Runs

SpeedRuns2Speed Runs are the GLS version of Ignite talks. This year’s speed run’s session will feature invited talks from top folks in the games and learning field, curated by Sean Duncan. Confirmed speakers include game developer Squinky and professors Elisabeth Gee, Lindsay Grace, and Matthew Berland.


Come prepared for fast-paced, brilliant, and provocative ideas!

Coffee: A Misunderstanding

We’re happy to announce a performance of Coffee: A Misunderstanding at GLS11. What is that, you ask?


A story that kind of looks like your typical “boy meets girl” story at first glance, except the boy doesn’t really feel like a boy and the girl doesn’t really feel like a girl.


A commentary on the weirdness of online friendships that aren’t really friendships, set in the midst of a fan convention called AwesomeCon.


A play where all the actors are audience members. Maybe one of them will be you?


A collaborative game of finding the best ending to the story. Or the worst ending. Or maybe just whatever’s the most satisfying. It’s really up to you. Anything can happen.


Coffee: A Misunderstanding is an interactive play created as part of Squinky Kiai’s MFA thesis work. The way the game works is that two audience volunteers are called up and asked to read from a mobile device, which dynamically displays dialogue lines and stage directions. Meanwhile, two additional audience volunteers are given a mobile device on which they can select from a menu of choices that appear at key decision points in the story. It’s a combination of multiplayer Choose Your Own Adventure and improv theatre, resulting in a play experience that’s every bit as awkward as the story it’s trying to tell.



Crooked County Performance

Crooked CountryEach year, the GLS Conference concludes on the beautiful Union Terrace overlooking the shores of Lake Mendota. It’s an afternoon and evening for ice cream, brats, and beer. This year will be extra special because the last day of the conference is Professor Kurt Squire’s birthday, and he and his band Crooked County take to the stage to play.


Crooked County‘s lineup is unusual, but it’s one that works for the band’s outlaw, rough-and-ready style. Rather than having just one drummer within its ranks, the group’s hard-driving sound is backed by a pair of them, and lead vocals are contributed by three members. Toby Purnell and Kurt Squire co-founded Crooked County in 1998 in Bloomington, IN. Purnell can be found on vocals, mandolin, and electric guitar, while Squire plays harmonica. The pair met earlier in the decade when they both played with the Indiana bands Big Mule, Preacher Preacher, and the Mary Janes. Drawing inspiration from Bill Monroe‘s bluegrass music and Willie Nelson’s country sound, they decided to strike out on their own as Crooked County. The band also includes Jason Purnell, Toby Purnell’s brother, on acoustic guitar. Merrie Sloan contributes vocals, bass, and guitar, while Josh Bennett adds vocals and bass. The dual drummers are Travis Olsson and Mark Minnick. Shortly after establishing Crooked County, Squire and Toby Purnell began working on Whiskey Burns, the group’s 1999 self-released debut. The album featured Jeff Farias on bass. Soon the band added Bennett, Jason Purnell, and Minnick for live gigs throughout the Midwest and Southwest. Farias moved on, settling in Phoenix, AZ, and eventually asking Crooked County to record for his company, Rustic Records. The label issued the band’s second release, Drunkard’s Lament. Like Toby Purnell and Squire, drummer Minnick also spent time in the Mary Janes. Toby Purnell also played previously with a group known as Ma and Pa Kegle, where he first met Sloan. Drummer Olsson devotes time to a punk group named the Opposition.


Check out their music on SoundCloud.