PlayUK is back! Come join us on Wednesday, 28 October for the launch of a brand new all digital series of PlayUK and for the first in a brand new series of bi-weekly expert salon talks. 

For our first salon talk we’ll be joined by the creators of the charming new puzzle adventure game from the creators of Hohokum and Wilmot’s Warehouse, ‘I Am Dead’. Ricky Haggett, Catherine Johnson and Richard Hogg will talk through the making of the mysterious island of Shelmerston and its inhabitants whilst also reflecting on the challenges of creating and launching a videogame in 2020. 

At the event we’ll also be announcing further details of the upcoming digital programme, including a tailored mentorship programme and details of our upcoming salon speakers. 
PlayUK 20/21 is a playful and inspiring digital programme that brings together creatives working in videogames from across the UK and the Western Balkans.


  • Catherine Johnson, Writer
  • Ricky Haggett, Game Designer
  • Richard Hogg, Game Designer
Ricky Hagget, Catherine Johnson, Richard Hogg

Bio - Richard Hogg, Game Designer

Richard Hogg is an artist and Game designer. He has a background in fine art and illustration, Over the last 12 years he has increasingly focused on making games, all in collaboration with Ricky Hagget/Hollow Ponds, with whom he has made five games including Hohokum, Wilmot's Warehouse and I Am Dead. They have just started working on their sixth game together.

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Bio - Catherine Johnson, Writer

Catherine Johnson has written over 20 books for young readers including the 2020 IBBY honour list title for the UK, FREEDOM. She has also written for film, radio and TV -and is currently working on two TV dramas, for Silverprint Pictures; SOUTHWARK, set in Tudor London, and THE SHIFT, a contemporary family drama.

Bio - Ricky Haggett, Game Designer

Ricky Haggett is a founder and creative director of London-based independent videogame studio Hollow Ponds. In the past twelve years he has worked on many strange, playful games, often in collaboration with artists from outside the games industry. These include I am Dead, Wilmot's Warehouse, Hohokum, Loot Rascals, Frobisher Says and Tenya Wanya Teens. He is also a founder of playing-in-public collective Wild Rumpus, who run videogame-related parties and events.

Game info

I Am Dead, Hollow Ponds & Richard Hogg, 2020

I am Dead is a charming puzzle adventure game from the creators of Hohokum and Wilmot’s Warehouse about exploring the afterlife.

Morris Lupton is the recently-deceased museum curator of the tiny island of Shelmerston who is reunited with the ghost of his dog Sparky, only to discover that a disaster is about to destroy his beloved island. Together, they must uncover Shelmerston’s ancient mysteries, prevent the island’s volcano from erupting, and save the place they call home.