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All I'm saying is you don't have to quit your job or have a degree in game design. Anyone can create a fun game once they know how!
It may seem daunting to create your own game, but it doesn't have to be. Creating a game should be fun! That's the way I always approach game design.
No game, even Catan or Cards Against Humanity, was created alone. Every game designer has help, whether it's from players, publishers, or other game designers. Nobody designs alone.
When you work with me, you'll always have help whenever you need it.
Think back to the last time you played a great game with your friends or family.
Now how it would feel to be the one creating those incredible memories?
Picture your next game night. Someone asks "what should we play first?" and you say "I've got a game" and you pull your new creation out of your bag. The response: "Did you make that? No way! That's so cool!"
Imagine the feeling when you see the joy in your friend's and family's faces as they ask “can we play it again?!?!”
Laughter. Stories. Memories. We're here for the love of the game.
Playing games is awesome. Being the one making them is an incredible feeling unlike anything else.
Wouldn't you love to be able to...
Making a board game doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated. You just need to follow the right step-by-step process and be able to get answers to your questions from someone who's been there before.
You may be thinking of making your own game, but don't know where to start. I was in your exact same shoes just 5 years ago.
Hi, my name is Joe Slack.
Five years ago, I started making my first board game, but discovered that there wasn’t any one place I could go to really learn everything I needed to know to create a great game and get it published.
I wasted a lot of time, not to mention well over a thousand dollars on things I didn't need. I was getting trademarks and buying barcodes. I was paying a lot of money for prototypes before my game was ready. I had no clue what I was doing!
I didn't know how to take my idea and turn it into a game people actually wanted to play. I hadn't even heard of playtesting before.
I was just a guy with an idea for a game and I didn't know how to make it more fun or what to do next.
It took me years. But after reading every book and blog on game design, listening to tons of podcasts, and learning from dozens of experienced game designers, I finally understood the game design process from start to finish. It took a long time, but I was finally able to put together a simple step-by-step process to come up with ideas and create a really engaging game quickly, and I've used this method to help hundreds of other people understand how to create their very own game.
Now, five years later:
If you to want to create your own game then I'm here to help you, no matter what stage you're at, even if you don't have an idea yet.
"He is polite, articulate, and when it comes to teaching, Joe is a natural communicator. Whenever we play games or play test game concepts, if Joe is around he is the one chosen to explain the rules! Apart from being an amazing communicator, another thing that I really like about him is that he is a listener, which in my opinion is an essential asset in problem-solving. And whoever has designed boardgames knows what I'm talking about!" Sylvain Plante, Game designer
“I would say that Joe is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to game design.”
Elementary school teacher
“Joe has playtested many of my games and his advice and guidance has improved those games every time. If you’re interested in modern game design, then Joe will show you the way with his fun, sometimes funny, but clever approach to game design and development.” Richard MacRae, Founder of Analog Game Studios
You love playing board games. You want to create your own, but don’t know where to start.
I've made it my mission to take what I've learned to teach others how to create their own game and avoid making all the mistakes I made along the way.
The Board Game Design Course is an online course that helps people just like you create an amazing board game by walking you through the process from idea to publication, step-by-step.
This is how the Board Game Design Course is different:
This truly is the ONLY course of its kind.
Plus, if you're able to get your game (or any future game) published or run a successful Kickstarter campaign after taking this course, you can easily make back multiple times the investment you made in yourself by taking the Board Game Designer's Course now.
When you join, you'll receive LIFETIME ACCESS to the online Board Game Design Course, which includes:
Publisher Pitch Event Opportunity (value: PRICELESS!!!):
Lifetime Access to the Exclusive Facebook Group (value: $240 per year for life!):
Bonus Video Lesson: The Often-Forgotten Final Game Design Step (value: $49):
If you're still unsure and think you'll need extra help implementing everything you learn or just want to move ahead more quickly and with some extra assistace, you'll want to hear about your personalized Premium Coaching Plan option.
If you’re looking for a more personalized approach to help take your game to the next level, then this plan was made for you. I'll work directly with you to help you make your game even better.
With the Premium Coaching Plan you'll get:
Let’s look at the other alternatives…
1. You could try to learn this all on your own...
2. You could try to get into a 4-year University game design program...
You could join others just like you in the Board Game Design Course and discover all the steps to create your own game quickly in a fun, hands-on way.
I’ve done all the research and work over the years. I’ve made the newbie mistakes that have cost me time, money, and effort so that you don’t have to.
It’s all laid out. You will have a clear step-by-step process to help you turn your idea into a board game that you can share with the world.
When you hit "Click to Enroll Now" below, the options will be laid out again for you and you'll be able to choose the plan that's right for you.
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“I was lucky enough to have Joe Slack in as a board game design specialist at our inaugural year of game design summer camp. I was amazed with Joe's patience and kindness as he shared his expertise and experience in designing board games, working one on one with children and helping them realize their vision for their unique games.” Cory Bildfell, Tabletop Camp Leader
“It was very concrete… Going through the book step-by-step was really helpful… It gave you a way to go about what you have to do.”
Aspiring game designer
"Working with Joe has been a most pleasant experience. As a collaborator, Joe's approach to game design is straight-forward with minimal fuss and his suggestions and contributions are thoughtful and appropriate. I'm looking forward to working more with Joe in the future."
Designer of Ticket to Ride: Legendary Asia
“Joe Slack has helped me so much with the rules. He was able to streamline everything, check all the grammar, structure it in a way where the reader is engaged from beginning to end. He’s a really great guy to work with.”
Designer of Catacombs Cubes
“Without a doubt, if I had read Joe’s book back in 1989, it would have accelerated my progress and potential as a game designer by decades.”
Jamey Stegmaier, Kickstarter expert and designer of Scythe, one of the top 10 board games of all time
Does this sound like you? If so, I'd love to work with you to help you create your own game!
How can I pay?
You can pay by any major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, etc.) or by PayPal (except for payment plans).
I’ve never made a game before. Will this be difficult?
It’s not that difficult once you learn the process. The Board Game Design Course will walk you through everything step-by-step and I will be here to answer any questions you have.
Is there a guarantee if I don’t like the course or change my mind?
Yes! I’m so confident that you’ll love the course and will be able to create your own game that I stand behind it 100% with my Ripped-Up Legacy Card Guarantee. You'll find all the details just below.
What if I can’t make the live coaching / Q&A calls?
Don’t worry! All calls will be recorded and available on replay within 1-2 days. Plus, you can always ask your questions in advance and have them answered on the call, even if you can’t make it live.
Can you guarantee my game will be finished by the end of the course and it will be good?
A board game can take months or years to develop, so I cannot guarantee that you game will be done by the end of the course. It’s very hard to judge when a game is “done”, as almost any game could always be developed further and improved upon.
But, if you dedicate yourself to creating the game you have in your head, you will have learned the process, and you can continue to apply this to make your game even better. You can also use this every time you create a new game, and you will become a better game designer as a result.
I’m so confident that you’ll love the course and will be able to create your own game that I stand behind it 100% with my Ripped-Up Legacy Card Guarantee.
If you try out the course and decide it's not right for you, take the transcripts and rip them up like a card in a legacy game and I’ll give you all your money back. Just let me know by the end of the course for a complete refund.
I want everyone who joins the course to be confident and excited to be able to create their own game, and if you’re not, please let me know.
There's zero risk to you.
I’m happy to refund your money if the course isn’t right for you. No hard feelings. :)
It’s time to make a decision.
You can continue to dream about your game and think “one day I’ll get around to making that…”
Or, you can join The Board Game Design Course today, and finally feel what it’s like to create your own amazing game that people can’t wait to play.
Imagine seeing your friends and family brought closer and having an amazing, memorable night, all thanks to you! What would that feel like?
Join The Board Game Design Course now and find out how it feels to create the memories others will never forget.
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