[ReFig:Network in Play Series] Part 1 - Introduction to Board Game Design

Pulse College, The Market Studios, Halston St, Dublin
Sat, 20th Aug 2016 11:00 till 15:00

Workshop details Beginners


ReFig Board Game Design Workshop

This diversity-friendly workshop is the first part of a series of beginners workshops which includes Interactive Fiction (Aug 27) & Unity3D (Sept 3).

This workshop part of ReFig: Network in Play - Crafting Diversity in Games pilot programme this year

Interested? This workshop is for persons aged 18 and over, and aimed at beginners.

To be eligible

You must not be studying in a games-related course, have prior experience in making games, or work in the games industry. We are open to creatives (artists, storytellers, creative writers, musicians) and other non-programmers. Participants will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire on their experience and a researcher will be present at the workshop.

Code of Conduct

Please read our Code of Conduct and our diversity statement before applying.


Any questions, please email: network-in-play-crafting-diversity-in-games@googlegroups.com

More details to follow

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Silicon Republic for Media Partner

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Imirt for Partner


Imirt represents people making games in Ireland. The focus is very much on game creators (e.g. programmers, artists, designers, writers, music, sound engineers etc.) rather than non-development sectors of the games industry (e.g. academia, middleware, customer support, localisation etc.)


Gamedevelopers.ie for Partner

We are a volunteer run project that exists to help local game developers both inside and outside of the industry to network, communicate and publicise their work. We also provide a range of resources, including research and reports on the local industry. Launched in 2003, in 2014 the site was redesigned to take audiovisual content and integrate with social media. You are now visiting version 3 of the site, which is still in development.


ReFIG for Funded by and Partner

Refiguring Innovation in Games (ReFiG) is a 5 year project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Composed of an international collective of scholars, community organizers and industry representatives, ReFiG is committed to promoting diversity and equity in the game industry and culture and effecting real change in a space that has been exclusionary to so many. We can (and will) do this by intervening in 4 areas: game cultures, the games industry, informal learning environments (e.g. community-based incubators), and formal education (e.g. degree and certificate programs in game studies and game design).


Pulse College for Partner

Established in 1990, Pulse College provides the highest standards of professional training courses in audio, music, film, gaming and animation.

With courses designed and delivered by experienced working professionals, Pulse is at the forefront of professional industry training courses. The college is recognised internationally for its world-class facilities, the standard of its training programmes, and quality of its graduates.

Here at Pulse College, we will help you to grow both technically and creatively, and enable you to develop a truly rewarding career.


Maynooth University for Partner

Maynooth University describes itself as “a university dedicated to people, ideas and culture, where we work together as a scholarly community to inquire and discover, to teach and learn, to create, conserve, disseminate and apply knowledge, and to engage with the problems and challenges that face modern society; through all these things in combination, we are central to innovation, economic growth, social development and cultural vibrancy, and are essential to a free, open, equal, democratic and sustainable society.”


GameCraft Foundation for Partner

GameCraft is a games jam event designed around building the gaming community. We aim to create events which allow game-makers to meet, share ideas, have fun, compete for prizes and most importantly make games!


Want to sponsor us?

Contact ReFig Team at network-in-play-crafting-diversity-in-games@googlegroups.com


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Q. A lot of our events are female-friendly events, we have enquiries asking if other genders are welcome as well?

YES. You are welcome. Events we run or partner in are diversity friendly.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at contact@codinggrace.com.

What is this pilot programme about?

Coding Grace is partnering with Maynooth University and a network of local partners to provide alternative spaces for learning about designing and making games. This initiative is part funded by SSHRC research council and the Refiguring Innovation in Games (ReFIG) network in Canada. The larger project is committed to promoting diversity and equity in the games industry and culture.

What do a I need to bring?

  • Just yourself. :-)

Refunds (Only applicable if this is a PAID event)

Full refunds until 24 hours before the event.

If there are not enough people signed up to the event, I will be in touch to refund you.

If you have any other questions

You can contact ReFig Team by emailing network-in-play-crafting-diversity-in-games@googlegroups.com.


Robin O'Keeffe http://robin-david.com

Robin O'Keeffe is a teacher and game designer. He is one of the organisers behind the Boardgame Designers Ireland group and leads the monthly boardgame design workshop, Playtest Dublin.


ReFig Team || network-in-play-crafting-diversity-in-games@googlegroups.com

About Coding Grace

Coding Grace are a group of developers based in Ireland who love to code and do other geeky and not necessarily crafty activities. Some of us code full-time, or just for fun (or both). We have people who are part of other technical user groups such as Dublin ALT.NET, GameCraft, Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland and more…
We provide female-friendly workshops and events in an environment for developers and aspiring developers mentored by majority female instructors.
We aim to provide a support network for people from all backgrounds and hope our outreach will help bring those who are interested in code development together and learn from one another.