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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 board game 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

BGJ2021 will be both on site and online!

Since it was a great succes last year, we continue to have an online event in addition to a jam on location. The idea for the online jam is that you gather with your team at home and build there. We have built an online community for the weekend where we will do the theme reveal, exchange ideas, stream locations and have a good time. Joining the jam online will be completely free, but if you want to have the real deal, there is a limited amount of spots with us in Leeuwarden!

Date and time

The Board Game Jam will be held on 20, 21, and 22 August. The jam starts on Friday at 17:00. Kick-off and theme reveal is at 18:00 and it all ends Sunday around 16:00. Since it's an online jam, you can stay up for as long as you want but we advise you to get a good night's rest.

Location: Online and in Leeuwarden(NL)

The jam will be held in Leeuwarden(NL) and online on Discord. You have to register to use this service, but registration is free. The discord link will be sent before the start of the event to those who registered through eventbrite. Be sure to get your free tickets on eventbrite to get the invite to Discord


If you want to join us in Leeuwarden, get a ticket fast because there are only 12 spots available. It’s free to participate in the online jam, but we do require you to sign up through Eventbrite. This is for communication and in particular to be able to invite you to the Board Game Jam Discord server. So go grab your free tickets!


Since we will do part of the jam online, we want to encourage teams to gather at someone’s home, taking into account safe distance and precautions of course. Every team will get their own text and voice channel for communication and sharing images and files.

Tools, materials and printing

We will offer board game prototyping materials and a printer on site. If you are jamming from home, you can instead order game parts online on for example.



Event Location

Online on Discord

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