Boardgame Jam with Paul Thompson at Saturday’s Market

Next weekend, we’ll be running a Boardgame Jam as part of the Make and Mend Market at the Star and Shadow Cinema.

Wizard CubesSim Stratego

This is going to be pretty informal, I’ll be there from ten till four. I’m certainly not an expert, but I do have some ideas and will be bringing worksheets and a box of ideas to get people started thinking about themes and mechanics.

A little bit of structure is useful: deadlines help the creativity along and if people are working to a timetable at least we can figure out when we’re playing each others games – so here’s how it’ll work:

  • 10am and 11am: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas and get people started.
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups.
  • High Noon: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better.
  • 1pm: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas, get people started.
  • 2pm: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups.
  • 2:30pm: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas, get people started.
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups
  • 3:30pm: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better

The other thing i’ll be bringing is a huge box of boardgame bits that we can use to create mashups with: Any collision of Monopoly and Risk seems almost guaranteed to be greater than the sum of its parts.

Space DiceTime Wizards

If you’d like to attend, please consider bringing an old boardgame that we can hack up and a donation of three or four quid to pay for any bits and pieces you use or take away with you at the end.

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If you’re interested in board game design and playtesting, you should check out this boardgame playtest group – there are fortnightly meetings in Newcastle, usually on Tuesday evenings in the Bridge Hotel organised by Daniel Howard.

If you’re looking to buy bits to make boardgames you can buy massive stacks of games at the various charity shops around Newcastle, but you’ll get better results in places like North Shields and Whitley Bay. Mosaic sets are good for lots and lots of pieces to use as generic tokens.

If you want high quality bits, check out Board Game Extras.