Edge Hill University students were the focus of attention after helping launch their newest creative work at the UK’s largest Games Expo at Birmingham NEC.

Tabletop skirmish game 7TV: Pulp, released as a partnership between Edge Hill University Press and Crooked Dice, was showcased at the three-day event which attracted over 45,000 visitors and more than 350 exhibitors.

Callum France, who was part of the team instrumental in the product’s release, said:

“The Expo was a fantastic experience and having the chance to meet industry leaders and potential employers was a brilliant opportunity.

“Some of us even gave a few interviews, which helped boost our credibility and online presence. It was a surreal experience to see the rules that we had written over the course of two years being played (and enjoyed) by the attendees.”

The 16 Creative Writing students, led by Dr Peter Wright, Reader in Speculative Fictions, collaborated with game design studio Crooked Dice. 7TV: Pulp is the company’s third boxed set tabletop skirmish game, taking its inspiration from 1930s and ‘40s American cinema serials and pulp magazines.

Some of the creative team in attendance at the UK Games Expo

Some of the creative team in attendance at the UK Games Expo (left to right): Steven Kenny (recent alumni who worked on the project), Callum France, Jake Litherland, Isabel Tyldesley, Dr Peter Wright, Natalie McCulloch, Eve Lewis and Connor Dwyer

Eighteen months in the making, the students worked as a professional design team on all aspects of the product, from research, development and artwork to compiling stand-alone rules, character and script development.

The process also included playtesting and filming complementary videos to ensure accessibility and playability before delivering the game.

Owner of Crooked Dice, Karl Perrotton, guided the designers and editors throughout the process, ensuring the students obtained as much professional support and real-world experience, to help them develop and enhance their learning and potential career development opportunities.

Dr Wright added: “Throughout the project, students gained invaluable experience including interview technique, professional practice as commercial writers, project coordination, management and team-working skills, as well as deepening their understanding of design, editorial and playtesting processes.”

Edge Hill University Press is a project of the Department of English, History and Creative Writing, producing annual publications and involving students in the process.

The first EHU Press publication, Head Land, celebrated 10 years of the Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story, the next was Atlantic Drift: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics, and the third being Scenes from the Revolution, which explored 50 years of political theatre.

This opportunity was made possible thanks to the Student Opportunity Fund.

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