Below is a list of our upcoming conferences, workshops, and presentations. The list will be updated with further details including games, locations, and content as the Consortium finalizes event planning.
The Reacting Consortium Board, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to bar any person from the Reacting Faculty Lounge on Facebook and from participation in any RTTP event, including, but not limited to, the annual Summer Institute at Barnard College.
May 21-22, 2020: Regional Conference at Central Connecticut State University
Rage Against the Machine: Technology, Rebellion, and Industrial Revolution:
Rage Against the Machine is set in the period of wage crisis, class conflict, and rapid technological change in Manchester, England during the early Industrial Revolution. Players debate about industrialization, unemployment, labor exploitation and the impact of technology, drawing from key historical texts by Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Robert Owen.
Food Fight: Challenging the USDA Food Pyramid, 1991:
Food Fight is set in a 1991 Congressional hearing to evaluate the work of the USDA in developing the Food Pyramid. This document angered various interest groups in agribusiness and some nutritional experts. This chapter-length RTTP game is intended for use in popular food/nutrition general education science courses and introductory chemistry and biology courses.
June 11-14, 2020: Twentieth Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College
June 24-25, 2020: Campus Workshop at Boise State University
Games offered: TBA
July 16-18, 2020: Game Development Conference at Cabrini University
Games offered: TBA
This conference focuses on designing games for the pedagogical method “Reacting to the Past.” We will play several Reacting-style games that are currently in development, discuss game design principles and processes, and work to expand and explore ideas for new games. We are interested in “traditional” RTTP games, which require many class meetings over multiple weeks as well as Flashpoint games, which require a handful of class meetings.
We are now seeking applications for game playtests, game proposals, or presentations/panels/workshops. For more information on each and for instructions on how to submit your proposals, please refer to the Joint Application Form.
(Below image from 2011 Annual Institute.)