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The n Games 2024 urban edition

The n Games, an innovative tournament of invented games
Saturday 6 April 2024, 11am to 4pm
Robson Square Rink, Vancouver

Creativity is the name of the game with the n Games– the ultimate playful event created for adults!

The n Games is an innovative tournament of invented urban games in which diverse teams attempt to “solve for n, the unknown quantity”. Groups from all over the Lower Mainland are invited to be one of the six teams to participate. We expect entries from teams of diverse backgrounds, ages and skill-sets to tackle this set of unique games invented by Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts students, Assistant Professor James Long, and artist Germaine Koh.

The n Games value play as a form of creative problem-solving, prompting teams to take unconventional approaches to challenges involving both mind and body. This event is a new urban-space edition of the n Games (which were first presented by Koh in 2013). These games are sponsored by Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

n Games 2024 graphic

n Games 2024 graphic

Predator-Prey games at Second Beach, Nov 19



A noctural game-playing night co-hosted by League, Manhunt! Vancouver, and Urban Animal Agency.

Join us at 5:30 PM near Second Beach on Thursday, November 19th, to improvise, invent and play chase- and tag- style games with an ecological theme. We’ll meet at the Urban Animal Agency Headquarters: the A-Frame at 8701 Stanley Park Drive

** Dress for outdoor Fall play and bring a flashlight! **
(We may invent games that use flashlights) 

We’ll have hot chocolate for everyone. 

League, launched by artist Germaine Koh, is an open group of people who gather to play sports and games invented by members of the community. Each game, its equipment, its playing field, and its strategies evolve through trial and improvisation. It’s problem-solving as play. http://league-league.org/ 

Manhunt has been active in Vancouver since 2005, we play a variety of schoolyard games in downtown Vancouver, like Manhunt, Capture the Flag, Sardines, etc. Manhunt attracts both the young the old, the slow and the fast, and is organized through a Facebook page and Meetup profile: http://www.meetup.com/Manhunt-Vancouver/

Urban Animal Agency is a collective of artists and ecologists interested in the ways that people and other animals collectively define urban spaces. We believe that it is possible to make artwork that can challenge, question and captivate, that can be informed by diverse ways of knowing, and that can be ecologically accountable. http://www.urbananimalagency.ca/

Field Guides exhibition opening & League play day

Field Guides exhibition

League is participating in an exhibition of work by all the Vancouver Park Board Field House Residency artists:

The Vancouver Park Board invites you to

Field Guides

Opening Reception:  Thursday, Sept. 18, 5-8PM
Guest Speaker- Matt Hern 6:30 PM
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall 181 Roundhouse Mews

Field Guides marks the culmination of the first cycle of the Vancouver Parks Board’s Artists Fieldhouse Studio Program – an initiative that transformed former care-takers cottages in parks across Vancouver into studio space for artists with community engaged practices. Over 50 artists (solo and in collectives) in all disciplines have been working in 12 field houses across Vancouver, bringing art into the everyday life of community, by inviting neighbours, colleagues and curious visitors to share in creative work. Field Guides celebrates this three year collaboration highlighting the intimate, generous and adventurous work of artists and community members working together as producers, practitioners and audience.

League play day — Sunday 28 September

Elm Park, 3-5 pm

League is an open group that gathers to play invented games and sports as a practice of creative problem-solving. We gather on the last Sunday of each month to improvise and strategize new ways of interacting. Our gatherings are free and open to all. They call for physical and mental activity, so bring both body and mind.



Upcoming play — Sunday 27 July — summer sports day

Team Double Rainbow at League's n Games

Team Double Rainbow at League’s n Games

League summer sports day

Team Theatre Replacement at League's n Games

Team Theatre Replacement at League’s n Games

Sunday 27 July, noon to 3pm
Vanier Park
off Chestnut Street, Vancouver
map: https://goo.gl/maps/NfSbj

Everyone wants to be by the water in the summertime, so League is decamping to Vanier Park for a summer sports day. Come in teams, wear your colours, and bring hydration. We’ll develop games for small groups, plus individual challenges. Also bring appropriate equipment if you have games to try or mashups in mind.

League is an open group that gathers on the last Sunday of the month to play invented games and sports as a practice of creative problem-solving. Our gatherings are free and open to all; bring both body and mind.

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Vancouver Draw Down — Saturday 14 June


The Mill Project at League, April 2014

The Mill Project at League, April 2014

Field Lines
Saturday 14 June
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Elm Park

League is participating in this year’s Vancouver Draw Down, “an annual celebration of drawing in everyday life that challenges preconceptions about drawing and works to reconnect everyone with the power and creative pleasure of making marks.”

Join League at Elm Park to play at marking the field. Here drawing will involve full-body motion, running and walking with the field-marking equipment, and participants will work together to invent a game to match the lines.

Participants of all ages and experience are welcome.

Upcoming play — Sunday 26 January — Tags


Sunday 26 January 2014, noon – 3 pm
Elm Park

“Tag” can be many things, including: a label attached to something, the action of identifying something or someone, and a game that revolves around the undesirable state of being “It”.

For this edition of League play, we’ll explore tag-based operations. Bring running shoes and a hat (which could end up on the ground) for a first trial. As always, the play will develop from there, based on group input.

About League
League is an open group that gathers to play games and sports that we invent, as an exercise of creative problem-solving. The Vancouver Courier called League “The most incredible development in Vancouver recreation this year,… focused on mental exercise as much as physical exertion.“ It’s free and all are welcome; bring both body and mind.