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Hello! This is a super quick, mini newsletter because there are three important things we need to share! We'll get you back to your regular programming as soon as possible, but for now, take a second to look over our new news!

Upcoming events...

Due to regularly scheduled maintenance the State Library will be undergoing Temporal Disturbances during the hours of 1:00 and 5:00.  If any library patrons encounter such disturbances, remain calm and follow the procedure as outlined.

A story telling game for all ages in which players help trapped echoes of the library deliver lost messages between each other across the decades.


As part of the State Library of Victoria’s Dome Centenary Celebrations, Focal Point is presented as part of the Carnival of Curiosity 

Sunday 7th July from 12 – 6pm

Free entry, bookings not required

The League of Extraordinary Nations

A New Game by Pop Up Playground

Nuked up tin-pot dictators, ego maniacal madman and intergalactic super villains are all just a day’s work for The League of Extraordinary Nations.

Protecting the earth from evil through reasoned debate, careful planning, bureaucracy and consensus since 1976.

Players are ambassadors to the League of Extraordinary Nations and must outwit the Super Villain du jour to foil their nefarious plans for world domination.

The League of Extraordinary Nations is a large-scale conversation game of suspense, cliché and hilarity.

Will you work together to achieve world peace (like the real UN) or will suspicion turn you against each other out in the hour of earth’s greatest need.

7:30 start
Sun 30th June, Monday 1st July
Carlton Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC
$10 to play
Bookings through Try Booking:

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Next playtest

We have the last in this round of playtests coming up next month - come play the newest of the new games by Pop Up Playground.

 27th July
10 am - 5pm

310-314 Church Street, Richmond.

Come play and help us finish these games off.

Email us at to let us know you're coming, or to let us know if you're interested in bringing one of your own games to try out on our playful gathering.

Also, we'll gladly receive any gold coin donations to help us pay for the space hire.
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NowPlay Mentorship

Pop Up Playground and FreePlay are pleased to launch the NowPlay Mentorship program.The NowPlay Mentorship intended to encourage and support the development of emerging designers working in fields of play (games or playful experience).

The NowPlay Mentorship offers a regular mentoring meetings and design feedback with some of the leading designers working in the emerging field of play.
Mentors include:
Harry Lee
Christy Dena
Paul Callaghan
Ben McKenzie
Robert Reid
Sayraphim Lothian
Mark Pritchard

One designer or design team will be chosen by the selection committee and will be announced at 2013 Freeplay conference.

The chosen designers will work to develop a new game or playful experience.
During the development meetings will be arranged with the Mentors to talk about the emerging field and also to discuss and receive design feedback on the game.

At the end of the development period the mentee’s game will be showcased at the Pop Up Playground Fresh Air Festival to be held at Federation Square in March 2014.

To apply send:
  • One 200 word statement explaining what interests you about Play.
  • One 200 word outline of the game or experience you intend to build
  • One page background information about you
Please submit application via email to by no later than the close of business on July 31st


Two days ago, Pop Up Playground officially incorporated! We’re pretty sure this is the happiest Board photograph you’ll ever seen.
From right to left: Jess Kilby (Pervasive Play Developer), Marlena Martins (Developmental Play Officer), Anastasia Ryan (Administrator), Robert Reid (Artistic Director), Sayraphim Lothian (Constructive Communities Manager) and Ben McKenzie (Game Mechanic)
More details can be found here
Game Mechanic Ben McKenzie is zombified by Game Runner Dave Lamb

Want to help out?

We're always looking for new people to help us make and run games, new players to play the games, new volunteers to help make our events run smoothly and as always, new games to play.

Want to help us out?

If you'd like to help run games or events, if you're interested in learning more about game design, if you'd like to help us run the box office, information booth or are just a willing volunteer, we'd love to hear from you! Email us using the buttons on the right and introduce yourself!
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