The Games Institute acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
Ryan Clement (MA York University, BA Brandon University) was an English PhD candidate who studies the relationship between emergent narrative and game mechanics and the possible use of this interaction for new forms of education and intercultural communication. He is presently lecturing at the University of Winnipeg, Brandon University, and the International Space University. He worked on the GET-FACTS project, a partnership between the Games Institute and CIHR focused on allergy education. For this project, he designed the Kitchen Table game, a cooperative board game that brings “families and their dietary restrictions together.” In addition to designing board games, he has been a key organizer of events like Make a Game or DIY Trying and the Game Tasting. While most of his more recent experiences in gaming have been more tabletop in nature, he has a strong soft-spot for the old 8-bit classics.