Course 2: Refining Your Game (12th October 2019)

Course 2: Refining Your Game (12th October 2019)


Have you ever wanted to design your own tabletop game? Got a great idea for a 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? Join us for our Introduction to Game Design Courses and we’ll help you find your way!

This ticket grants you access to a full day with Sophie Williams and James M. Hewitt, (award-nominated!) tabletop game designers from Needy Cat Games. They’re the brains behind bestselling tabletop games such as Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace, Hellboy: The Board Game, Blitz Bowl, Adeptus Titanicus and many more!

This is the second 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.

If you’d like to see a preview of our courses, follow this link to our YouTube channel for a snippet of Course 1:

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 playtesting, featuring direct coaching from James and Sophie

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

What We’ll Cover

Course 2 is all about taking your playable game prototype and polishing it through different types of playtesting. We’ll cover subjects such as:

  • The stages of playtesting and rules writing.

  • Writing the full draft of your rules.

  • Developing your playtesting skills

  • Establishing a group of playtesters

  • Identifying underlying issues with your game.

For this course, we ask attendees to bring a game they have designed. Don’t worry about bringing something perfect! During the day we will give you the chance to test and develop your game with our assistance.

Event Details

This event will take place on Saturday 12th October 2019, from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

All of our courses will be taking place at MinorOak 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+.


Here are some quotes from people who attended our first “Starting Your Game” course in May 2019:

“I really wasn’t sure what to expect but you made it really fun and engaging. I came away buzzing with ideas and plans for games. You’ve really helped crystallise a process in my head and one of the ideas I’ve had floating around is going to have some work put into it now.”

“Picked up some amazing advice and met some fantastic people. Even somehow managed to design a somewhat playable game about coffee in a day?!”

“It was a great afternoon and I got a lot of useful ideas for how to structure my game designing out of it!”

“Walked away with the confidence and knowledge to build low cost prototypes and how to get the most out of early play tests.”

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