BETACON 2016 a Great Venue To Showcase Tabletop Games

 
The Beta 1.0 Tabletop Game Convention 2016 (BetaCon 2016) is a platform for young tabletop talents to publicise their game.  “BetaCon is still very new to the country, therefore we need to create awareness among the public.” – Jered Cheah, the organiser. 
  
Team Four Horsemen from SMK USJ 12, who snagged the Grand Prize in Tabletop 2016 Battle Royale in February this year, are indeed proud for being back again in KDU participating in the BetaCon 2016 with their game “Stock House”.   
All games start off with some physical, touchable objects in the players hands, and these have been gradually put onto screens or in gadgets in pace with technology advancement. No doubt, the rise of electronic games have relegated many old fashioned board games to the back burner, but recently, we have been witnessing a trend in tabletop games played in person.

In fact, tabletop games have been a spreading trend across North America over the last 10 years due to the influx of European board games. This cultural phenomenon is now growing in the Klang Valley, with the involvement of younger generation, and this has been proven in the recent tabletop game convention held in KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie.

The Beta 1.0 Tabletop Game Convention 2016 (BetaCon 2016), jointly organised by KDU’s School of Computing and Creative Media (SCCM) and Sequential Arts Youth Society (SAYS Youth Society), is a platform for young tabletop talents to publicise their game.

Held at KDU’s Utropolis Glenmarie campus on 23 and 24 April, this inaugural event brought together enthusiasts as well as table top game designers under one roof, for new ideas and potential projects to be showcased.

This mass gathering saw 24 teams of table top communities, comprising of KDU Game Development students, secondary students from Klang Valley, general public as well as the winners of Tabletop 2016 Battle Royale.  Here, they displayed and tested their table top games which gave the visitors an exciting trial experience.

Four SMK USJ 12 form five students – Megat Muhammad Yusuf, Ritzuan Ariff bin Reezal, Farah Izzati binti Ahmad Azizi and Muhammad Syafiq bin Shukli, who formed Team Four Horsemen and snagged the Grand Prize in Tabletop 2016 Battle Royale, held in February this year in KDU, were indeed proud for being back again in KDU to participate in the BetaCon 2016 with their game Stock House.  

“We invented this game for February’s Tabletop 2016 competition and won the Grand Prize. This game simulates the real business world out there, and we want people to learn how the stock market works, so it is about testing your knowledge in stock exchange,” said Ritzuan during their showcase in BetaCon.

“We hope to bring more people to play this game here. We also hope to impress more people and invite them to experience it, to find it interesting and have fun during the process. It’s our dream to popularise this game to the larger crowd in the country as well as in the world,” chuckled Ritzuan.

Same went to First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up winners of the Tabletop 2016 Battle Royale, Team Red Raccoon of SMK Taman SEA and Team Creative Pen of SMK USJ 12, as the former said, “We would like to find out what are the flaws in the games and get it fine-tuned, and bring it to the next level. Ultimately, we hope to publish our game!”

Jered Cheah, one of the key players in organising this event, who also plays an active role in Comic Fiesta under SAYS Youth Society, elaborated on why so much effort has been put into this event, “This is the first time we are doing this, this is a platform for designers to test their game. As this idea is still very new to the country, therefore we need to create awareness amongst the public.”

“KDU has been very active trying to do something for their students and has partnered with us numerous times. Working with KDU has been great as they have a good venue, active student body and they know exactly what they are doing. It’s a good learning experience for everyone involved,” said Cheah.  

According to him, besides participating teams of table top communities, this event also saw game publishers, distributors and retailers being involved in the show. “The students will get more exposure to the games, and the public will be able to see how wide and how broad the spectrum of table top is,” added Cheah.

Mr. Tan Chin Ike, Head of School of Computing and Creative Media concluded, “BetaCon is a great opportunity for young students to know more about Game Development in KDU, as we have been actively serving as a platform connecting the young brain to the fast growing games world.”