Calling all Weekend Warriors – video gamers of all ages are set to descend on the Royal Armouries in Leeds on August 4 and 5, for the first-ever War Games event.

Highlights include the Leeds’ preview of Ubisoft’s highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed III, prior to its general release in October – plus a hands-on introduction to building your own war game.

Gamers can also see museum displays featuring props and characters from favourite games – and the chance to build, play, explore, meet the experts and have a go.

War Games is the second of three themed weekends at the museum this summer and follows the highly-successful Robots event earlier this month. It will be followed by Tournament Jousting (August 25, 26 and 27). Events run from 10am to 5pm on both days, and museum admission is free.

Museum director Peter Armstrong said, “The story of warfare is no longer confined to history books, museum galleries or even war films but forms the basis of many highly popular, mainstream video games. For the first time, we are looking at the history of gaming and how it links with the national collection of arms and armour. “
Programme highlights run as follows:

Assassin’s Creed III – Live free gameplay demos, giving an insight into the pre-release game, as the new Assassin Connor explores the dynamic city of Boston, tracks down a Templar target in the vast wilderness of the Frontier and takes to the high seas. Bury Theatre – 12 noon-1pm and 2pm-3pm. Both days. Over 18s only – ID required. Limited to 200 people per showing, first-come, first served.

REPLAY RETRO GAMING – Play over 85 games consoles from the past 30 years of gaming in one massive hall, including 16-player Halo tournaments. Replay Events Ltd specialises in organising video gaming events and stage some of the UK’s biggest video gaming shows. Adults £5, Under 16s £4. Buy once, play all day. Both days.

DBMM TABLETOP WARGAMING – Get your hands on 3,000 years of history in the miniature world of the warrior. De Bellis Magistrorum Militum (DBMM) is an historical miniatures war game set in the ‘Ancients’ period from 3000BC to 1515. In each game there are two players, each controlling one army in battle. Demonstrations all day, both days.

EPIC WAR GAMING GROUP – Table-top gaming demonstrations. All day, both days.

DESIGN A FUTURE WAR GAME – A hands-on introduction to video game design led by gaming industry professional Andrew Crawshaw. Suitable for ages 10+. Sessions at 11am and 2pm. Numbers limited to 25 per group, booking online advised.
Sound Effects in War Games – Talk by Outsource Media UK, 1pm – 2pm,
Bury Theatre. Saturday.

WAR GAMES (PG) – Classic 1980s movie, starring Matthew Broderick, in which a young man finds a back door into a military central computer, where reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. Film shows throughout both days.
Peace Through Superior Firepower: Sci-Fi Weapons and Reality – Join the discussion with Royal Armouries Curator Jonathan Ferguson (National Firearms Centre). Sunday,1-2pm.

For the full programme and to book tickets, visit the Royal Armouries website

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