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Board Game Design Online

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

7:00 PM

Tuesdays and Fridays for 5 weeks | April 14 - May 15 | 3pm-4:30pm

IMPORTANT: Because of the local delivery requirement, we ask any students outside of Brookline to be within 3 miles of The Makery, located at 2 Sewall Avenue, Brookline, MA.

5th and up 

Design and make your own laser-cut board game in this creativity filled program of strategy, plot development, designing, building, and making. Each session the students will meet virtually for 90 minutes and have a follow up “homework assignment” that they will be asked to complete to prepare them for the next session. The class consists of both computer design as well as hands-on work. Items designed by students will be manufactured on-site at The Makery and delivered to each student’s home. Gamers will learn hand drawing, computer design software, laser cutting, and 3D modeling and printing. Final artistic finishing techniques will bring your game to life! 


  • Learn about the history of board games
  • Investigate how board games operate and are played
  • Examine the process of creating and conceptualizing a board game
  • Develop skills in digital design, hand drawing, and finishing techniques
  • Create a finished board game, complete with a rule book, board, box, and game pieces (cards, characters, game pieces, tokens, dice, etc.)  


  • Inkscape design software
  • Laser cutter
  • Basic 3D modeling and design
  • 3D printing

REQUIRED and RECOMMENDED AT HOME SUPPLIES: (If you are having trouble locating or acquiring any of these supplies, we are available to help)

  • Pencil and Eraser (required)
  • Access to a printer (required)
  • Paper (required)
  • Calculator (required)
  • Ruler (required)
  • Scissors (required)
  • Paint (could be acrylic, watercolor, or both; you will be painting on wood) (required)
  • Paint Brushes (required)
  • A work surface that you can comfortably create on (required)
  • Weldbond Glue (required)
  • Rubberbands (required)
  • Markers and Colored Pencils (recommended)

Students are required to be able to run the latest version of Inkscape (free online design software) on a Windows or MacOS computer, as well as have access to a computer during class hours in order to meet virtually with their instructor and classmates over Zoom. Students will also have pieces that they design delivered to their house, so we ask that you review our health and wellness procedures before joining the class. 

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