Free to Choose

Free to Choose at PLAY Modena, April 2018

The 10th edition of PLAY Modena, the biggest fair on Italian games, took place in Modena Fiere between 6-8 April 2018. Organised in collaboration with Club TreEmme, La Tana dei Goblin and Gilda del Grifone, with the patronage of the Municipality of Modena and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), PLAY Modena gave life to the largest playroom ever made in Italy by occupying a space that exceeded 22 thousand square meters (the equivalent of twenty tennis courts!). An extension that was justified by the incredible number of board games, miniatures, live games, video games, traditional games, street games, costumes and cosplayers.

Furthermore, for the first time, PLAY Modena reserved a special pavilion for families and the youngsters called PLAY KIDS. “An unprecedented opportunity to bring the youngsters and their families closer to the culture of play” stated Andrea Ligabue, artistic director of PLAY Modena. The fair opened its doors to the most important companies that have been experimenting innovative table games solutions which will radically change the relationship between entertainment and learning in the next future. This was also confirmed by a specific workshop focusing on EDULarps that was organised during the fair. Indeed, EDULarps are RPGs in educational version able to pursue both entertaining and learning goals.

As Free to Choose has the specific objective of developing a game to fight gender stereotypes and bridge the gap between girls and boys in education and workplace, Tiziana Perin, FtC Project Manager, could not miss the opportunity to participate in the event. In particular, she met the game designer Paolo Mori at the UNIMORE stand who presented new prototypes for the Free to Choose game testing. Those prototypes were tested on a large scale through the participation of young players. The assessment of the tests results will be crucial for making a first selection of the prototypes, evaluating their level of feasibility and engagement.