IGDATC Nov 2014 – Tabletop Game Design Tools & Tips

Posted by Martin on November 6, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)

Eventbrite - IGDATC Nov 2014 - Tabletop Game Design Tools & Tips

Tabletop Game Design Tools and Tips – Martin Grider

Martin Grider will talk about his experiences designing a fairly complex tabletop game over the course of several years. He’ll talk generally and specifically about using spreadsheets to help with game design (both tabletop and video game). He’ll also discuss and demonstrate Playtest, a tool for converting spreadsheet data to printable playing card prototypes.

Martin is the owner of Abstract Puzzle, and has made a number of mobile games available on iOS.

Member Project: Automating Gameplay (aka Cheating) – Ryan Foss

Ryan Foss has developed a way to automate game play on a few of his favorite mobile games. He will explain and demonstrate his missuse of testing tools that allows his computer to play for him.

Ryan is the co-owner of Duck Duck Boom and promises that some day they will release a game.

Plug My Thing!

In addition to informal verbal plugs, we’ll also show your trailer, user group, recruitment page, promo video, demo reel, etc.  Grab the appropriate ticket – first come, first served.

Video guidelines: 

  • Short and sweet.  3 minutes max.
  • 1 short URL, Zero setup (Media  is streamable from fast/reliable site like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Your Contact info is on page or in video.
  • You were a part of this project, are attending the meeting, and will introduce it.
  • Meet us in the back of the auditorium at least 5-10 minutes early, so we can load your page.


6:00 Pizza and Soda thanks to the Nerdery!
6:30 Plug My Thing!
6:45 Ryan Foss
7:15 Martin Grider
We’ll be heading to Joe Sensers in Bloomington after the event.

Many, many thanks to the Nerdery for hosting IGDATC events over the years.


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