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Autistic board game designer from Canonbury debuts his first creation at launch event

PUBLISHED: 18:30 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 10 October 2017

Games inventor Barrington Campbell explaining his strategy mythos table top game Koi with participants. Picture: Polly Hancock

Games inventor Barrington Campbell explaining his strategy mythos table top game Koi with participants. Picture: Polly Hancock

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An autistic man who has started designing his own board games to help others overcome social anxiety debuted his first creation on Thursday.

Games inventor Barrington Campbell, right, hosts a game evening at Wusi Space. Pictured playing his strategy game. Picture: Polly Hancock Games inventor Barrington Campbell, right, hosts a game evening at Wusi Space. Pictured playing his strategy game. Picture: Polly Hancock

Barrington Campbell, 31, founded Kagai Games earlier this year when his therapist suggested he focused on what he loves. Within a month he’d had made 57 from scratch.

In order for him to build a working prototype for his first game, based on an old Chinese folk tale, Barrington needs to raise £4,000.

So last week he launched a crowdfunder and let people test out the game for the first time at Wusi Space in Broadway Market.

“People were saying they really enjoyed it and the main thing was it was going to be addictive, which is kind of what I wanted,” said Barrington of Canonbury.

“I wasn’t going to ask people about it, I was going to email, which is easier for me, but a BBC journalist was asking people and I could hear!”

Donate to Barrington’s fundraiser here.

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