The Iron Geek
The Iron Geek Design Challenge is a single day, 4 hour design
competition. It is based on the concept of the Iron Chef cooking show, but
with game design. The competition is meant to challenge designers to be
creative and have fun. Designers are able to create a game and receive
feedback about the game in a very short time period.
Participants will be divided up into two person teams. Experienced designers
will be paired with newer designers whenever possible. Participants will be
given a topic, then they will design a game prototype based on the topic.
The topic will be a difficult concept that provides a challenge for the
designers. Topic examples are time, evolution and marriage.
At the end of 3 hours, participants should have a demonstration prototype
and rough rules. Cards and pieces can be judged for clarity and usefulness
but not aesthetics. Every team will have eight minutes to explain their game
to the judge. Judges will be allowed 2 minutes of questions. The judge will
make their decision based upon the game design presentation. Judging will be
based on completeness, topic implementation, creativity, and interest.
• The game created should be playable in less than an hour.
• No team is permitted to continue to work on their game after the allowed
• A box of game making components will be provided. This
items such as: papers, pens, markers, index cards, card board, markers, poker chips,
blocks, scissors, spray mount, exacto knifes and more. Participants are
allowed to provide additional components.
• A designated BOGA DaP member will be in attendance to “Referee” the event.
Any unforeseen issues that come up during the event will be resolved by the
referee. The Referee will also be available for limited idea feedback and
• Participants shall remain in area designated for the contest.
Schedule for the event:
The event will be taking place Friday
evening, at a time TBD shortly.
This event was generously sponsored in 2012 by The Game Crafter. Current
prize support is pending, and any event sponsors are encouraged to
contact Ben Kanelos (
firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information.
These members of the gaming community will be on hand to judge the
Larry Roznai, President & COO, Mayfair Games, Inc
Ben Kuchera, Senior Editor, The PA Report
Previous Winner @ AnCon 2012 - Theme: Reflection
John P Hazen and Tim Jesurun with "Zen Garden"
Sponsored by The Game Crafter
Game Crafter (TGC) is the world’s first web-to-print game publishing
company and offers a print on demand game publishing service. TGC
empowers game designers around the world by allowing them to make a
board game, card game, and custom playing cards through a website. Using
the latest web technology, TGC developed a website platform that
simplifies the design, manufacturing, and retail processes related to
This event is hosted by The Board Gamers of Greater Akron Design and
Prototype Committee, see www.bogadap.com for information about the
organization. Any questions about the competition can be emailed to