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Could You Design a Better Board Game? Basics of Board Game Design

This is an ongoing class that plays board games, develops useful social and cognitive skills, and through a collaborative design process creates expansions to existing board games and if a child chooses to, helps them design their own game.
  There are no upcoming classes.
120 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

There are no specific learning goals but there are things that I try amplify that are naturally learned through playing games. I also teach the basics of board game design through discussions.  Board Games themselves teach positive social skills, sportsmanship, working as a team, improve analytical and problem solving skills as well as other cognitive functions, and just generally have been found to have a positive impact on mental health.  Beyond that, I will introduce new games and game mechanics, show examples of creative problem solving, introduce the iterative design process, and show how small changes can have big impacts on games.  The depth of knowledge and discussions will be tailored to each group. 
There will be no required home work.  But playing games with family and friends out side of class is highly encouraged.  If children would like to design their own game outside of class, we can discuss it in class.
Depending on the game that week, common supplies around the house would be needed to be used, or recreated on a computer. Most common element needed is a six sided dice and pencil and paper.
2 hours per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Alex BlakeneyBoard Game Enthusiast
1 completed class

About Me

I have been teaching through Board Games, and specifically board game design since 2015.  My favorite types of games are cooperative games (where it is you vs. the game) or very thematic games that create interesting stories.  I feel that there... 
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