[ReFig:Network in Play Galway] Introduction to Board Game Design with Robin O'Keeffe

Portershed, Off Eyre Square, Galway
Sat, 14th Apr 2018 10:30 till 16:00

Workshop details Beginners


ReFig Board Game Design Workshop

This diversity-friendly workshop is the second part of a series of beginners workshops.

Description: Boardgame design is collaborative, expressive, and fun! In this workshop, boardgame designer, Robin David O'Keeffe, will introduce participants to some new and exciting boardgames, giving a chance to play and leading a discussion on what makes modern boardgaming both exciting and unique. In small groups, participants will then produce their own games, taking advantage of their own skill sets - be that art, storytelling, music, or just about anything.

Workshop Series


  • To be eligible for these workshops, you would have read and agreed to our Code of Conduct and our diversity statement before registering.
  • You will be asked to pick your workshop(s) after you purchase your tickets.
  • Funds from tickets will be covering lunch, and any money left over will be donated to a Galway-based charity.

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


  • 10:30 Registration
  • 11:00 Workshop Starts
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Workshop
  • 15:00 - 15:15 Short Break
  • 15:15 - 16:00 Workshop
  • 16:00 Workshop Ends

*subject to change

Useful resources

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Maynooth Media Studies and An Foras Feasa for Hosting

Media Studies at NUIM offers BA degrees in Media Studies and Digital Media as well as the MA in Radio and Television Production.


Media Studies at NUI Maynooth prepares undergraduate and graduate students for lives and careers in a world in which media have become central to nearly every social, political and aesthetic activity. Students use their academic training in media studies at NUIM to make art, to engage with media industries, to purse research in academia, and to make policy.


The study of media is a wide-ranging activity; the development of media channels, technologies and systems is wrapped up in the development of the societies we currently live in and how we live in them.

Media Studies examines how mediated communication works through language and images, through particular technologies organised in political and economic systems, and for audiences that can be part of a shared public that lives with and uses media forms in diverse ways. Any one of these areas can form the basis for deep questioning and research, yet it is rare that one area can be – or should be – considered in isolation from the others.

At NUIM we offer degree programmes in Media Studies and Digital Media at both a graduate and postgraduate level.


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).


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!


Portershed for Hosting

Community, Collaboration, and Connectivity are the cornerstones of PorterShed. We are driven by a need to combine the economic, physical and networking assets in the West of Ireland to optimise the potential of Galway as a place to live and work. Our ethos is to support this growth by accelerating the potential of startups in Galway with a shared vision for our community.

PorterShed is the first building in the Galway City Innovation District (GCID). Our vision is to build an innovation district in the heart of Galway City. We plan to continue the momentum and in 2018 open a second building in the GCID ecosystem.


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.

Q. What is this 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.

Q. Do I need to bring anything?

No, we will provide all the materials. Lunch will be included, you will be ask about your dietary requirements when you register.

Q. What happens to the left over money from tickets for these workshops?

Any money left over from these workshops will be donated to COPE Galway.


Full refunds until 48 hours before the event.

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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.