Learn to create worlds and tell stories through creating your own tabletop games!
Weird City Games is excited to announce that we will be teaming up with the STEM Center (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Portland Community College to offer our first ever Board Game Design camp this Spring Break.
Spring Break Camp
We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting our first ever Spring Break Boardgame Design Camp. During the camp teens will learn and play many different types of games, become familiar with common terms and game design concepts, build their skills of collaboration and positive feedback, and design a board game as a group!
- Learn, play and discuss a wide variety of modern boardgames.
- Develop the critical design skills of collaboration, positive feedback and creative risk taking.
- Gain an understanding of all the steps to design your own game.
- Design a brand new game as a group!
Join the Weird City Games design team for a fun filled week of gaming and design. Throughout the week we will be working as a group to design a brand new tabletop game. Each day will be a blend of learning new games, discussing how games work, and prototyping and playtesting our own game. The camp is focused on learning through play and collaboration, and no prior experience is needed (although a love of games is helpful!)
- Dates: March 27th-30th
- Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Location: PCC SE STEM Center SCOM 231 – 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
- Age: 10 – 14*
- Cost: $185
*We are considering running camps for different age ranges in the future so if you have younger or older children who are interested in game design please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with their ages and we will add you to our list for future camps.
Tim Eisner – Tim Eisner is the owner and founder of Weird City Games, and the designer of March of the Ants, Minions of the Meadow, and Grimm Forest. He is a former early childhood educator with Wild Lilac Child Development Community. Tim has a background in performing and teaching improvisational comedy as the Artistic Director for the Upfront Theater. He is very excited to blend his love of board game design and youth education and cannot wait to see what cool innovative ideas the camp creates together.
Ben Eisner – Ben is a designer for Weird City Games, and was instrumental on the design and development for March of the Ants and Minions of the Meadow. He is the lead designer on the upcoming games Dungeon Hustle and Scrap. He also has an extensive background in theater and is an accomplished improv teacher. Ben Eisner uses his experience as a playwright and director to bring rich storytelling to game design. He is excited to share his knowledge of games, collaborative process, and play.
We will learn a variety of fun and easy improv theater warm ups to break the ice, get our creativity flowing and learn to take creative risks in design.
Each day we will start with an introductory game that exemplifies one of the key genres in modern tabletop games. Through play and discussion we will examine the mechanics of the game and learn to think critically about how each game works.
Break – 10 minutes
Throughout the day we will have small breaks for unstructured free time, and to make sure we’re stretching our legs as well as our minds.
Group Game Design
Throughout the course of the week we will work to create a playable prototype of a game that we design as a group. The steps of this process will be: Brainstorming a theme, setting design goals, what makes our game unique, designing cards as a group, designing cards individually, prototyping illustrations of the cards, playtesting, refinement, playtesting, creating final illustrations and finding public domain images, final playtesting, and printing. Each student will receive one professionally produced prototype of the game!
Lunch! (30 Minutes)
Creative minds need sustenance! We’ll pause to refuel and have some free time. (Each teen must bring their own lunch, snacks and beverages to camp.)
After lunch, we’ll get moving with social games and improv games before we settle in to learn one more tabletop game in the genre we’re looking at.
Toward the end of the day, we’ll have time for unstructured exploration. During this time, students can choose to learn a game from the library, work on their cards or artwork for the group game, or teach others a favorite game they brought from home.
3 – 4 PM Flexible Pick Up.
This camp will be a fun, friendly and safe space to collaborate and play!