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About the Board Game Jam

We create an extremely positive and relaxed environment geared towards developing your skills whether you are an absolute beginner trying to get off the ground or an accomplished designer moving to the next level. The Board Game Jam is a great place to meet other designers, play testers and other great people involved with the hobby.

Our schedule can be summarized simply as: "Three Days of Designing".

How does it work

  1. Find a team! You can create a team beforehand, gather your team or join an existing team at the start of the jam. It is advised to have a team of around 4 members.
  2. Theme reveal. The jam will start with the revealing of the theme, the theme determines what your boardgame should be about. The theme serves as a guidance for your ideas and prevents participants to work out their ideas before the event.
  3. Start brainstorming. Come up with ideas, write them down, elaborate, collaborate.
  4. Work out your idea. Put it down on paper or in a digital document, work out the rules and details, start making the basic components of your game.
  5. Playtest your game. Start playing as soon as possible, only then will you know if your game works and if it is fun.
  6. Keep on improving. No game is perfect in the first run, improve, iterate, change the rules, add and drop rules. Make sure your gameplay is as smooth as possible.

Practical information

Date and time

The boardgame jam will be held on 19, 20 and 21 May. The jam starts Friday at 18:00 and ends Sunday at 16:00. Every night the location closes around 00:00 and opens again the next morning at 9:00.


The jam will be held in an old prison building near the center of Leeuwarden. The address is Blokhuisplein 40, 8911 LJ Leeuwarden.


The location has 2 large rooms in which the main part of the event will take place. The rooms offer enough tables and chairs for every team to work on and some limited creative tools. There is also a small canteen where you can eat lunch and prepare cold meals. There is also a microwave. It is not possible to shower on location.


It is not possible to sleep on location. If you don’t live nearby, there are many hotels and b&b’s in Leeuwarden, it's even an option to spend the night in jail, because there is a hostel inside the Blokhuispoort! But you can also use the Facebook event page to find a place to crash.

Food and drinks

The event will include brunch and plenty of coffee, tea and water. You will have to arrange your own dinner however.



Event Location

Blokhuisplein 40
8911 LJ Leeuwarden

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