Design for Role-Playing and Strategy Games

Role-playing games (RPGs) and strategy games continue to be extremely popular genres of tabletop and video games. This workshop introduces students to the fundamental elements of these game genres through analysis of commercially successful examples. Students are then presented with a systematic approach for combining these core elements into their own tabletop and computer games that offer players a challenging, story-driven experience.

You will learn:

  • Player resources and game economies
  • How to balance units in complex game systems
  • How probability is used in combat systems to create risk/reward scenarios

Courses in this Series

This course is part of the Video Game Development workshop series.

Level One

Video Game Development Level 1

Level Two

Video Game Development Level 2

Level Two

Design for Role-Playing and Strategy Games

(On-Site Only)


This course is open to students entering Grades 8 through 12.

Students must have completed Video Game Development Level 1.

Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2017

Workshop hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Students should arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to the start of class. There are free optional after-workshop activities most days from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.*

*Due to the July 4th holiday, Session 1 hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  After-workshop activities will be from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Game Design

Session 1*
June 26–July 7
Session 2
July 10–21
Session 3
July 24–Aug 4
Session 4
Aug 7–18
Design for Role-Playing and Strategy Games n/a n/a n/a

Workshops marked "n/a" are not being offered during that session.

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