Tabletop Game Competition Summer09


Create a tabletop game such as a board game, card game, or tile based game. Work in teams of 2-3 people to create the concept and balance the gameplay. We will brainstorm some themes at the beginning of the competition in case teams have difficulty deciding on one.

The competition will also serve as an end of semester party. Pizza and pop will be served pending funding allocation for the competition.

Date & Time

August 24, 2009 - 12:30pm-9:00pm
Location: SFU Surrey room SUR 5080

  • 12:30pm - Meet and form teams
  • 1:00pm - Game development begins
  • ~5:30pm - Food
  • 7:00pm - Playing each other's games
  • 9:00pm - Prizes and competition end


  • Games should last no more than 30 minutes
  • No electronic equipment may be used except a timer
  • You own all the rights to the game you make
  • You give the Game Developers Club the rights to display your names, pictures, and information about the game for promotional purposes


We cannot provide enough supplies for everyone so you'll have to bring your own. Here is a list of suggested material to bring. If you're making a board or card game you'll likely want to bring art supplies to create them.

  • paper
  • drawing materials (sharpies, crayons, pencil crayons, pens)
  • paint and brushes
  • scissors
  • exacto knives (if you are working with thick cardboard)
  • ruler
  • glue(sticks and the wetter stuff too)
  • tape
  • dice (D6, D10, D20 etc.)
  • play money
  • playing cards
  • tokens (even pennies are useful)
  • cue cards
  • thin cardboard (like from cereal boxes)
  • thick cardboard
  • foamcore (if you are hardcore or rich).
  • LEGO (people and blocks)

These items are not allowed

  • any cards not from a standard deck of cards (eg. Magic The Gathering)
  • boards from already made boardgames (like snakes-and-ladders or monopoly) [unless you are going to turn them over and glue paper to the other side for YOUR game board]


Judging will take place while everyone is trying each other's games out. Everyone who has played a game may judge it and to be fair everyone should try every game. Games will be evaluated using a 1-5 scale in three categories. The final score is an average of the categories.

  • Game concept - Does the concept relate to the gameplay?
  • Game balance - Is there more than one winning strategy?
  • Fun - How much fun was it to play?


Prizes have not been finalized although we are considering buying the winning team a copy of their game from The Game Crafter. Alternatively new or used board games or video games will be the prizes.

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