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The Basement: Game Design-a-thon

A guide detailing the collection of games available at the Central Library.

The Basement and Level up! Present: Game Design-a-thon

November 16, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Basement

In teams of up to 4 members you will be allotted 6 hours to develop a functioning game. Partial submissions are accepted.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, your design must meet all of the following criteria:

  • It must be a tabletop board game, card game or dice game.
  • It must be your own intellectual property.
  • It must be created during the contest timeframe. Partial submissions are accepted*.


  • 2nd Runner Up - Game Prize Pack
  • 1st Runner Up - Passes to the Esports Awards show at the Arlington Esports Stadium Nov. 16th @ 7:30PM
  • 1st Place  
    • Trip for the team to PAX South on January 18, 2019. Food, lodging, tickets and transportation will be covered by the library.
    • Library will cover costs to develop professional prototype of game. A copy will be kept in the Library and one will be provided to the team. (Winning team will have time to make updates and changes to their game during the prototype process)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it mandatory to form teams? How many members does a team need?

It is not mandatory to form teams to attend the game design-a-thon. You can go solo at it. But, we have found that game design is more effective in a multi-skilled team. You get to discuss ideas, have multiple opinions on issues and expertise in different design areas. If you form a team, then the maximum team size allowed is four members per team.

What should I bring along?

Whatever you need to create. UTA Libraries will provide tabletop game materials, cards and dice on a first come first serve basis. Most important bring a good attitude!

*If winning game is a partial submission the winning team would be responsible for completing the development of the game for printing within an agreed upon timeframe.

Register HERE

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