The Board Game Design Course

Where great games begin

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You CAN create your own amazing game. I can help.

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Hi, my name is Joe Slack.

I've been designing board games for the past 6 years and I have helped over 1,300 game designers just like you through:

  • My #1 international best-selling book, The Board Game Designer's Guide and 2 follow-up books on game design
  • Teaching Game Design and Development at Wilfrid Laurier University
  • My online Board Game Design Course and Creation to Publication Program
  • Coaching and mentoring programs
  • The Board Game Design Virtual Summit

Check out my #1 best-selling book

Everything you need, all in one book!


  • Create a compelling board game idea
  • Playtest like a pro
  • Discover whether self-publishing or pitching to a publisher is right for you

Available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook HERE.

A few words from others I've worked with...

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“Without a doubt, if I had read Joe’s book back in 1989, it would have accelerated my progress and potential as a game designer by decades.”

Jamey Stegmaier

Designer of Scythe, one of the top 10 board games of all time

"Joe really cares and wants to help. He is fully genuine in wanting everyone to succeed. He is constantly putting out content and the course continues to get better. Wherever you are on the journey, I know you’ll benefit from Joe's experience."

Neil Baker

Board Game Design Course student

“In board game design, there's a limit to how much you can learn just from reading books and blogs; Joe has a firm grasp on industry trends, important networks to follow, and knows what it takes to get a game published.”

Patrick Hardy

Mentorship Program student