break it ‘till you make it!

In this workshop we’ll play a fun, fast card game and then break it into pieces so that we can redesign the game mechanics to give it a whole new feel.

You’ll be amazed with how many different games can be designed from the same starting point! By the end of the workshop groups will be playing each other’s games, no computers required. Students will walk away having learned how to design game mechanics and how to improve the games they design.

Come have fun doing a lot of game design very quickly!

event details

Kids (8-12 years): Thursday 22 April, 9am – 12pm

Teens (13-16 years): Thursday 22 April, 1pm – 4pm

Anyone who is attending two workshops in one day will need to be collected by a caregiver during the lunch break.

As lunch is not provided, we recommend using this time to get something to eat.

ticket prices

$15 per child

Prices are GST inclusive.


Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Te Aro, Wellington

facilitated by


James Everett

James Everett has been a game designer for nearly 20 years, working at studios across Canada and in Wellington. He’s worked on everything from AAA blockbusters to funky spatial computing games. Last year he co-founded NZXR to keep working with a great team on XR games and experiences. James has led workshops and spoken around the world and enjoys sharing his love of game design with everyone.

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Photography courtesy of Humphrey Hanley.