Design Day

2020 Design Day Cancelled

Due to continued uncertainty, the 2020 Design Day scheduled for October 17th is cancelled. Hopefully we can have one in 2021.

Stay safe everyone.

The Board Game Workshop Design Day is a chance for designers and play testers to come together to help improve developing game designs and grow the New England game design community.

The second annual design day will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the VFW Post in Franklin, MA


Attendance is free to all. Designers and play testers should sign up for a free attendee badge so we can anticipate attendance. If you want to play test your game, you must purchase a Designer Table Block. There is no free play area.

Play Testers

This event would not be possible without play testers volunteering their time. If you have a designer table, it is very much appreciated if you attend the other block as a play tester to help others improve their games.

Designer Table Blocks

Designer table purchases are temporarily suspended. Sign up for an attendee badge in the meantime.

You need to purchase a designer table block if you would like to play test your game design. You only need to purchase one designer table block regardless of how many designers or helpers you have. All attendees will also need a free attendee badge.

Designer table blocks will cost $25 if purchased before August 1, 2020, and $30 from August 1, 2020 until the event on October 17, 2020.

Designers get a table and chairs for 5 hours. 

There will be two blocks of time for designer tables. Each block will have 9 tables available.

  • Block 1 (10:00am-3:00pm)
  • Block 2 (3:00pm-8:00pm)

During your 5 hour block you can test any game designs you want as long as they meet our community standards. You may purchase a table in block 1 and block 2 if you want. Your 5 hours includes any setup or cleanup.


If you would like to help with the event, we can use help with setup and cleanup as well as helping attendees during the event with registration, table assignments, and anything else that comes up. If you sign up as a volunteer you do not need to help for the entire event. Every volunteered hour is helpful.


If you would like to be a sponsor, you can see all of the info on the sponsorship page.

Platinum Sponsors

Donated $100

Gold Sponsors

Donated $75

Silver Sponsors

Donated $50

Bronze Sponsors

Donated $25

Giveaway Sponsors

Donated giveaway items

Random Drawings

We will have random drawings throughout the event to give away games and prototyping materials donated by our sponsors. All attendees are entered into the drawings. You must be present to win a random drawing.

The Board Game Workshop Design Contest Finalists

The 5 finalist games for the 2020 design contest will be available to play at the design day. Anyone who plays any of the finalist games can fill out an online judge form and help determine the contest winner.

Community Standards and Code of Conduct

The design day is a day to bring the New England game designer community together to improve new games. If you are a designer presenting your games, you should also attend the other block and play other designers’ games.

When giving and receiving feedback you should be kind. Critique is an integral part of the design process, but it is not more important than the wellbeing of the designers and players attending the event.

The Board Game Workshop is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for the event, including game designs. 

Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers.

Our anti-harassment policy can be found at: 


Drinks and snacks will be available free to all attendees. Outside food and drinks are allowed at the venue. There is a convenience store and pizza shop located a half mile down the road from the venue. No alcohol is allowed in the venue.


The Franklin, MA VFW post is located at 1034 Pond Street in Franklin, MA. It has free parking and is accessible by ramp. If you have any specific accessibility questions, please email and I will ask the venue.