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About the Board Game Jam

Enjoy an extremely positive and relaxed environment geared towards developing your skills. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an accomplished designer, this event will help you move to the next level. The Board Game Jam is a great place to meet other designers, play testers and great people involved with the hobby.

Our schedule can be summarized as: "Three Days of Creating Games".

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 28, 29, and 30 June. The jam opens Friday at 17:00. Kick-off is at 18:00 and it all ends Sunday around 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 the Kanselarij, one of the most beautiful historical buildings in the Netherlands. The address is Turfmarkt 11, 8911 KS Leeuwarden.


The location has 1 large room in which the main part of the event will take place and a second closed room that will serve as a canteen/discussion/relaxation space. The rooms offer enough tables and chairs for every team to work on. It is not possible to shower on location.

Tools, materials and printing

We will supply some basic boardgame prototyping tools and material and ofcourse printing equipment.


It is not possible to sleep on location. If you don't live nearby, there are many hotels and b&bs in Leeuwarden. It's even an option to spend the night in jail, because there is a hostel inside the blokhuispoort, which is located at the other end of the street! But you can also use the facebook event page to find a place to crash.

Food and drinks

The event will include dinner on Friday and Saturday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday and plenty of coffee, tea, water and soda.



Event Location

Turfmarkt 11
8911 KS Leeuwarden

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