Game Design: Tabletop & RPGs

Tabletop and board games are going through a modern resurgence in popularity, as players of all stripes once again pursue the ancient art of face-to-face, participatory gaming. In this camp, you will learn the basics of tabletop, board, card, miniature, and role-playing game (RPG) design. Working in small teams or by yourself, you'll design and develop a prototype of an original game idea and rule set, using cards, dice, boards, and more. On the final day of camp, you will present your original game to the public.

Ages: 11-17

Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Early drop off is available between 7:30-8:00am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $400

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35
  • Optional Lunch Vouchers - $55 (provides 5 lunches)

Overnight Camp - $880

None. This camp is open to all students interested in tabletop or RPG game design. Students work in groups based on age and interests.


Joseph Teskey received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and currently owns his own hobby gaming store in Athens Georgia. A lifelong gamer and rules designer, he has helped with rules arbitration and design in many different games from Magic the Gathering to Warhammer 40k. Joe loves helping people learn more about the ever expanding world of hobby gaming and game design. This is Joe’s fifth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Eric Bright holds a Master of Secondary Mathematics Education degree, has been teaching mathematics since 2001, and currently teaches at George Walton Academy in Monroe, Georgia. A gaming enthusiast, Eric designs and sells role-playing games and supplements. He also enjoys the process of prototyping board and card games for himself and his family. He loves to help students see that they can be successful in mathematics, game design, or anything they put their minds to with a little hard work and patience. This is Eric’s second year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

We recommend that all of our students bring a water bottle and small day bag to carry everyday items/supplies.

Our staff takes great care to provide everything your child needs for their camp’s specific needs. Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your camp. Overnight supply lists will be included.