Next Masterclasses: Dorset 2 Feb; London 24 March; London kids special 9 April. Click here for more information and tickets

The Game Design Masterclass is a crash course in the theory and practice of creating exciting boardgames and card games, led by professional game-makers with decades of experience.

In three high-energy hours you’ll discover how games function, why people play them, and what makes a good one, then you’ll work in small teams to concept, design, build, playtest and refine a complete game that you can take home with you at the end of the session.

The Masterclass usually lasts three hours, though longer or shorter sessions can be arranged if required (see Special Events). You don’t have to be a games expert to enjoy it: attendees range from complete novices to published designers. Masterclass graduates also get access to reading lists, vendor links, expert advice, and an online community of fellow designers.

The Masterclass has run on three continents, though for 2018/2019 it’s based mostly in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Click here to find out when the next Masterclasses are taking place and how you can get involved.