Games for Good

Create your own board game that addresses a key social issue that you care about.

Key Information
  • No prior experience needed – aimed at students from any discipline who are interested in games design 
  • Design your own board game – as a team on a social issue you care about 
  • Network and make contacts – work with professional games designers and showcase your efforts to Steamforged Games, an award-winning games company, responsible for making the Dark Souls and Resident Evil games  
  • Flexible study – on-campus meetings combined with self-managed group work  
  • Commitment – Four sessions on campus from 10am-1pm on Wednesdays (27 May, 3 June, 10 June, 17 June) and a whole-day showcase at Steamforged Games on 22 June. You will need to organise your own group between these sessions.
Detailed Information

Board games are a powerful way to engage different audiences on a range of important societal topics, from homelessness and social justice to climate change and well-being. With this Third Term activity, you will work with professional games designers from the Manchester Game Studies Network to create games that explore a key social issue of your choosing. After designing and testing your games you will have the opportunity to showcase them to a multi-award winning, international games company: 

  • Work with experts to learn the basics of board games design and play-test other ideas 
  • Design and develop your game as part of a team, with input from academics and games designers  
  • The final session will be a celebration event at Steamforged Gameswhere professional games designers will discuss and analyse your designs
  • Members of the winning team will each be awarded £100 of board game vouchers