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VIVAB R I G H T O N#84 FEB 2020EDITORIAL..................................................Viva Magazines is based at:Lewes House, 32 High St,Lewes, BN7 2LX.For all enquiries call:01273 488882.Every care has been taken toensure the accuracy of our content.We cannot be held responsible forany omissions, errors or alterations.In a city that’s famous for its digital industriesand game studios, I still prefer to pass the timeon a decidedly low-tech Backgammon board. SoI expected to feel properly behind the times as webegan looking into the local games scene for thismonth’s issue.As expected, we found a thriving game developmentcommunity that’s drawing on a deep well of diversetalents. People like the Global Game Jammerswho gather each year for an ‘all play’ weekend ofworldwide games creation; illustrator and conceptartist Dan Lish who adds vivid colour to imaginarylandscapes; and actor Elsie Lovelock who givescharacters their voice.But we also discovered a whole world of analoguegaming, and not just in the dusty corners of pubs.Places like the Dice Saloon, where hundreds ofpeople meet each week to gather around boardgames and disappear into role-playing realms; anda growing number of immersive Escape Rooms. Wemet game-maker (cartoonist, and punk rocker) PaulStapleton, who turned Brighton life into a series ofBN1-inspired board games; and Hazel Reynolds,whose ruse to pry her sister away from her iPad grewinto a business that’s sold upwards of 100,000 cardgames, and counting.Of course, all this code-cracking, strategising andimaginative play can be put to brilliant use in the realworld too. Just ask the founders of Block Builders,who use Minecraft to involve kids in designing thecities of the future – and the urban planners arelistening. In this town, playing is serious business.