An Introduction


The Global Board Game Design Jam is a new venue for game designers to collaborate on new game designs. Over 48 hours, teams will work in locations across the globe to come up with a working prototype of their new idea. The only restriction will be a theme on which the teams will base their design. There are no boundaries. Designers are only limited by their creativity (and of course the time restraints).

Teams can consist of anyone interested in game design or aspects of game design.  If you wish to lead a team then you may want to recruit graphic artists, writers or anyone else who may be able to contribute to your project.  You may host your group in any location you desire – at your FLGS, as part of a University design class or at a friend’s house…wherever works.  Your team should have a minimum of 4 interested people.  Your gathering may have as many people who want to participate – the more the merrier.   Of course, if you have a lot of people then you may want to split into several smaller groups.

This is not a unique idea.  There is already a Global Game Jam for video gamers.  Last January over 200 groups from 44 countries participated in a Jam where 26 video games were designed in a 48 hour window.

It is hoped this venture will inspire people to share ideas, have fun and design games.  The expectations are not to have a game ready for publication but to learn from each other, to create a game idea to the extent the time allows and to build a global community of game designers beyond what is already available.

This is just the seed of the idea…More to follow…