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Starting Your Game

Have you ever wanted to design your own tabletop game? Got a great idea for a board game, but haven’t got a clue how to go about making one? Have you designed their first game, but can’t figure out why it isn’t working like you want it to? Do you just want to know more about how we design games? Join us for our Introduction to Game Design Courses and we’ll tell you want you want to know!

This ticket grants you access to a full day with Sophie and James from Needy Cat Games. If you don’t know, they’re the brains behind bestselling tabletop games such as Hellboy: The Board Game, Blitz Bowl, Adeptus Titanicus and many more!

This is the first of three courses designed to give you an insight into our design process and help you achieve your own game design goals. Each one is limited to twelve places, so you’ll have plenty of time to engage with us directly and ask us any questions you have!

This course will feature:

  • A morning of game design theory, presented in a fun, informative and interactive fashion.

  • A slap-up lunch, as well as hot and cold drinks, biscuits and snacks throughout the day.

  • An afternoon of workshops and exercises.

  • A take-home game design pack themed around that day’s course, featuring things like blank components, templates, printouts, reading lists and other freebies.

  • PLUS an invitation to join us at a local pub afterwards, to unwind and chat about the day.

What We’ll Cover

Course 1 will cover subjects such as:

  • The first steps to designing a board game.

  • Effective research.

  • Refining your ideas.

  • Early-stage prototyping and testing.

  • Common pitfalls to avoid.

During the day we will help you come up with an interesting concept for a game and create a “test build”, which you will then develop as the day goes on. We’ll provide everything you need.

Event Details

This event will take place on Saturday 18th May 2019, from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

All of our courses will be taking place at Minor Oak Coworking, a lovely open environment with lots of light and plenty of space for everyone to spread out.

Minor Oak is based in Sneinton Market, which is a ten minute walk from Nottingham city centre. It’s close to a number of excellent bars, restaurants and hotels, so if you’d like to stay overnight you’ll have plenty to do!

For venue details including how to get there and parking, check out their website.

Attendees must be 18+.

Later Event: June 22
Refining Your Game