Nashville Game Design Fair

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Meeple Mountain has been supporting the Nashville board gaming community for nearly 5 years and it’s time we took the next step forward. We’re partnering with Game Makers Guild Nashville to establish a flagship event centered around the game design community. Nashville Game Design Fair will be a one day event focusing on designer networking, panels & talks, and lots of playtesting prototypes. We look forward to seeing you!

Register for Nashville Game Design Fair Spring 2020!

Nashville Game Design Fair will be held on April 18th from 10am-10pm.

The address is:
Boone Event Center
Trevecca University
333 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37210

There is a non-refundable table reservation fee of $20 for designers. The deadline for registration ends on Sunday, April 12th.

Designers register here

Nashville Game Design Fair Spring 2020 will be held in conjunction with Nashville Tabletop Day which means the potential pool of playtesters will be dramatically increased. Registration for Nashville Tabletop Day is free!

Attendees register here!

You can also sign up for our mailing list to receive updates about this event.

Schedule

Saturday, April 18th

9:30am – 10:00amDesigners come in early to set up
10:00am – 11:00amKeynote
11:00am – 12:00pmPitch Practice Block 1
11:00am – 3:00pmPlaytest Block 1
3:00pm – 4:00pmPitch Practice Block 2
1:00pm – 5:00pmPlaytest Block 2
5:00pm – 6:00pmPanel/Closing Remarks
6:00pm – 10:00pmPitch Practice Block 3, Open playtesting until close (mainly for designers to play designer games but open to anyone)

Confirmed Publishers

The following publishers have confirmed that they’ll be speaking at one or both of our panels.

Publisher list to be announced.

Confirmed Designers

The following designers have been confirmed, along with the titles they plan on playtesting.

Designers will be announced as they sign up.

FAQ

Who are we? – Meeple Mountain produces high quality board game media, and runs well known events like Nashville Tabletop Day, and Nashville Game Night. Game Makers Guild Nashville runs Nashville’s premier game design events, with several published designers as regular participants.

Why are we doing this? – Board gaming in Nashville is growing by leaps and bounds, but the current landcape primarily centers around the average gamer. We want to offer the same high quality events Meeple Mountain is known for to the game designers.

Who can attend? – Nashville Game Design Fair playtesting open to all Nashville Tabletop Day attendee, but designer tables are limited to the first will be limited to 40 approved submissions.

What do I need to do to sign up as a designer/attendee/publisher? – Attendee, publisher, and playtester tickets are free. Designer will be charged a $10 reservation fee.

Why 1 day? – Because this is the first event of this kind in Nashville, we want an extraordinary 1 day fair rather than a weekend of mediocrity.

I don’t live in Nashville, where can I stay, and what I can do while I’m there? – Nashville is an amazing and vibrant city; full of wonderful food and even more wonderful people. You’ll find plenty of things to do, and places to stay while you’re in town. Don’t forget the hot chicken!

Why should I attend if I’m not designer or publisher? – Tickets for attendees and playtesters are free, tell your friends! Plus the game design process is fascinating. Nashville already has a number of published designers, so Nashville Game Design Fair will be a perfect place to see games that might show up on shelves next year.

Where can I game in Nashville while I’m here? – Meeple Mountain hosts Nashville Game Night on the 3rd Wednesday, and 4th Thursday of every month. A number of other groups host board gaming events as well. You can find out more information on the Meeple Mountain Nashville gaming directory page.

Sponsors

If you’re interested in contributing to a growing and vibrant game design community here in Nashville, and Middle Tennessee, please contact us. We’d love to chat with you about a sponsorship for Nashville Game Design Fair.

Nashville Game Design Fair Spring 2020 Sponsors

Sponsors will be added as they are announced.

Volunteers

If you’re interested in volunteering for Nashville Game Design Fair, we’d love to have you join us. Managing time slots for designers, helping attendees find prototypes to play, and general assistance are all greatly appreciated.

I want to volunteer for Nashville Game Design Fair.

Privacy Policy

Meeple Mountain is the sole owner of the information we collect. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about other events.

Code of Conduct

Meeple Mountain is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, gender identity or religion. Therefore, we do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please familiarize yourself with our definition of harassment, and what we expect of attendees.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If you, as an attendee, feel harassed, you may inform the offender that you would like the harassing behavior to stop immediately. If you are not comfortable doing this, you may contact a staff member who will address the concern.

If you, as an attendee, are asked to stop behaving in a way that is interpreted as harassment, you are expected to stop, immediately. Arguing about the situation or trying to convince someone that your behavior is not harassment will not get you anywhere. Just stop. If you disagree that your behavior is harassment, that is fine, but the behavior should stop anyway.

If anyone engages in harassing behavior, staff may take any action they, in their sole discretion, deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion.

Staff will be happy to provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

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