Game Design: Tabletop & RPGs

Once deemed old-fashioned, 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, 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, the groups will present their games to the public for feedback.

Ages: 11-17

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) 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. 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 - $360

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $830

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 third year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Kira Hegeman is currently in the fourth year of a PhD program in Art Education at UGA, with a focus on visual arts-based research, sustainability, and participatory installations in public spaces. Throughout her graduate career she has maintained an interest in the transformative power of making together in shared or community spaces. Primarily a printmaker and book artist, her recent work has merged experiences in visual art and art education through participatory and relational installations that explore waste, consumption, and the role of interactive, public artistic sites in confronting such issues Prior to graduate school, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for almost five years, working as a facilitator for study abroad programs and as the art director for Art Relief International, an organization devoted to empowerment and community-building through the arts. A fun fact, she once taught acrobatics for a travelling youth circus in Vermont. This is Kira’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you two weeks before camp begins.