What is a Board Game Design Hack?

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Ok, so you’re probably at this page because you’e wondering what a board game design hack is. Here’s the general idea:

What’s a design hack?

A design hack is an event where like-minded people get together to share ideas, discuss new concepts and have an opportunity to practise their design skills. We’ll be taking this idea and applying it to board game design.

When & Where?

The event will be most likely held on a weekday evening (6-9pm -ish) at a venue in Cardiff (UK) that has tables for us to work on and facilities for food/drink.

UPDATE!

The venue Katiwok on Crwys Road in Cardiff has very generously offered us the use of their upstairs room for free! They only ask that attendees order some food/drink while we’re there which I think is more than reasonable (especially as it’s one of my favourite places to eat in Cardiff). Check out the menu here.

How would it work?

First half – Shared Learning

A series of micro-talks (5-15 mins) on board game design. You don’t have to be a published designer to deliver a talk, just have something to share that you think would be helpful to other designers. Ideas could be things like:

  • The 3 different sorts of prototypes and when to make them
  • The right (and wrong) way to build a social media following (AKA how I got 70,000 of the wrong people to follow me on Facebook)
  • How to save £7000 when making a miniatures game
  • The best digital tools for collaborative designing
  • 3D printing prototypes for beginners
  • A Q&A with a Design/Publisher/FLGS Owner

Break for food/drink

We’ll find a venue where we can either order food/drink on site, bring our own or have it delivered. The break is an opportunity to talk about the ideas we discussed in the first half, meet other designers and generally be sociable.

Second Half – The Hack

In this half of the event we’ll break into small groups. Each group will be given the same design challenge and have time to try and solve that challenge as best they can. At the end, each  solution (or ‘hack’) is presented for discussion.

Why bother?

If the above sounds like something you’d have fun doing, that’s pretty much the point. If you’re reading this then you’re probably like us and you enjoy designing board games. This event is an opportunity to share what you’ve learned, learn from others, meet other designers and warm up those design muscles by working collaboratively on the design hack.

Cost?

We really want this to be free. We’re currently looking for a venue that will let us hold the event for nothing if we agree to get food/drink from them. If we have to get a paid venue then we’ll be looking for a sponsor to cover all costs. If you know of any sponsors please let us know in the comments or send us an email. If we do have to pay then it will be a small fee to cover the cost of the venue (a pound or two).

UPDATE!

As I said further up the page, Katiwok on Crwys Road in Cardiff have very generously offered us the use of their upstairs room for free! We (The Tinkerbots) won’t be charging anything for you to attend, your only cost will be food/drink.

What next?

We’re still finalising details but we want to know what you think and how you’d want to do it.

  • Do you have a talk you’d like to present? Drop it in the comments.
  • Have a topic you’d like to learn more about? Drop it in the comments.
  • Want to hear a Q&A from someone in particular? Drop it in the…you get the idea.

Hell yeah! I don’t want to miss this!

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