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Build a Game at Board Game Jam 2017

making board games at board game jam

Board Game Jam 2017 is happening March 25-26.

For the seventh year in a row we’re running the fun weekend-long event where you get to build a board game! It’s simple: you bring the passion and we bring the supplies.

Starting on the Saturday morning you build a game to have it completed by Sunday evening when we play them. It’s a great chance to bash out game ideas and prototypes – heck, you can even complete a game!

Get your tickets now because the early bird ones are almost all gone! We only have room for 60 attendees, although the Sunday night event is open to the public.

Buy tickets to Board Game Jam 2017

Saturday: Start making a board game! If you need help, join us for a crash course introduction to game design.

Sunday: Finish making a board game! In the evening, join us for a big ol’ board game party where we’ll play the completed games.

I’m Speaking at FITC Toronto

FITC Toronto

FITC just announced their second round of speakers: including yours truly! I can’t wait to be part of the Future of Innovation, Technology and Creativity in Toronto for it’s 16th year. Join me for my talk and be inspired by 75 other amazing presenters.

I’ll present my knowledge about escape room design and how we can learn from designing them. The intersections between designing escape rooms and making experiences worthwhile are strong and plentiful. I hope to talk about as many connections as I can! Get your tickets now and I’ll see you in April.

More about FITC according to their website:

What is it all about?
It starts with the presentations that are both technical and creative in nature and led by hand-picked experts from around the world who are eager to share and meet you. For our larger events, there are often multiple tracks to choose from which include content catered to a specific audience. It’s also about the networking. FITC provides the platform for people who share a passion to meet and interact, whether it’s at the presentations, in the exhibitor hall or at one of the evening parties.

Who goes to an FITC event?
Digital Creators of all kinds…designers, developers, motion graphics artists, digital artists and everyone and anyone who creates things in the digital space. From technical to inspirational sessions, there’s always something to choose from, regardless of what stage of your career you’re in.

I’m Speaking About Escape Rooms at Transworld

Speaking at Transworld Escape Conference

Transworld Escape Conference

I’ll be speaking at the Transworld Room Escape Conference later this week! The event starts on Friday and runs through the weekend. If you’re not far from Chicago where it’s happening you should come and check it out!

The nation’s largest dedicated conference for the emerging room escape industry features interactive exhibits & vendors, on-site demos, networking opportunities and dozens of targeted educational seminars presented by escape game industry leaders from both the United States and Canada.

My talk is titled Designing Puzzles for Player Flow and this is what it’s about:

Are your players getting stuck and frustrated? Find out ways to rethink your puzzles as part of a greater system and how to retool them in case they aren’t working how you envisioned. Learn how video game design techniques can be applied to physical rooms, how to troubleshoot design issues, and a template to approach your puzzles in isolation through a holistic lens.

If you cannot make it to Chicago for the conference you can always get my book. With the popularity of escape games of all sorts growing it is likely a matter of time until a conference pops up in your area!

Say hello if you see me there.

Board Game Jam 2016!

Board Game Jam Logo

Board Game Jam 2016 is happening April 2 & 3!

At Board Game Jam you can:

  • Learn about how to design an awesome game, from some pros.
  • Try out some crazy game idea you’ve been been exploring.
  • Meet other people who love games.
  • And most importantly, make a game!

If you’re new to games or if you’ve already made a million then this jam is for you! We invite people of all skill levels to join in on the fun.

Changes in 2016!
Most importantly, we’re now at Ryerson University. New location, same great taste. We’ll have more details soon on the exact spot.

And that is, actually, the only change for now.

Who’s on the what now?!
Board Game Jam is a 2-day event starting on Saturday morning, and concluding on Sunday evening. On Saturday and Sunday, you make your game; on Sunday evening, we’ll have a big ol’ board game party (boozey venue TBA) and play the games everybody has made! Plus prizes.

Don’t know how to make a board game? Good! Board Game Jam is for the adventurous, not for the already-knowing-everything-ous.

Like last year, you can sign up as an individual, or get some friends and show up as a team – it’s entirely up to you!

You can follow Board Game Jam on Twitter and on the Facebook page!

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