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Tabletop Game Development

Units: 2
Student Level: All

Jun 28 - Aug 6 Add to cart
Schedule: Mon/Wed 1:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Orientation: Jun 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 15
Faculty: Sean Bouchard


About the Class

If you like Settler of Catan, Magic the Gathering or Cards Against Humanity then you'll love this course! You'll discover and study the classics, modern favorites, and hidden gems of tabletop gaming.

Board games and other hobby games are a billion dollar industry in their own right, and have a growing influence on the marketplace of digital games. It's also an arena that has had, and continues to have, tremendous influence on the formal systems, player dynamics, and business models of digital games. A familiarity with a broad range of tabletop games and an ability to critically parse and discuss these games forms a valuable foundation for future success as a game designer.

In this class, you will learn about classic and popular genres, convention and trends in tabletop gaming, as well as the tools and techniques that are used to develop, playtest, and produce tabletop games. Discussions in class will include (but not be limited to):

  • Eurogames
  • Licensed Games
  • Party Games
  • Premium Big-Box Games
  • Wallet Games
  • Collectable Trading Card Games
  • Pencil-and-Paper role playing Games

At the end of the course, you will work with a fellow classmate to produce a simple tabletop game. Using software to organize, produce, and prepare the cards, you will have a portfolio-ready card game that is ready for professional printing.

*All projects are created outside of scheduled class time.                                                                                                                  *Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to changes. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours. 

INSTRUCTOR(S): Sean Bouchard

Should the SCA Summer Program move to an online format for Summer 2021, this course will be CANCELED. Students enrolled in this course will have the option to switch to any available online course.