LA Board Game Jam is partnering with The Board of Games to create a board gaming event like no other!  Taking place at the beautiful Cross Campus Pasadena, the Game Jam consists of a board game design competition running simultaneously with 12 hours of open game play where gamers of all levels can come to meet fun people and learn a few new board games. 

The Game Jam competition is a timed creative exercise where teams of 3-5 people have just five hours to brainstorm, design, test, and complete a prototype board game.  Each team is given an identical set of materials and a surprise theme to use as a starting point.  After time expires the games are judged by other teams, outside players, and the official judges.  The top three highest rated games are then announced and prizes awarded.  It's like Iron Chef for board games!  (All prototypes are 100% owned by the designers.)

For those interested in a more relaxed gaming experience, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy 12 hours of open board gaming in the stylish comfort of Cross Campus Pasadena. Stop by to learn a new game, buy something for your collection from our partner The Board of Games, or help play-test one of the competitor games.  Regardless, it will be a great day of gaming action with new and existing friends.


The LA Board Game Jam will take place on Saturday, January 30th from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM . Competitors in the Jam must check in between 11:00 -11:30 AM.  Open gaming participants can come at any time.

Cross Campus Pasadena - 87 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.  (VIEW MAP).

Cross Campus is a shared work space in the heart of old Pasadena, with comfortable seating, great tables for gaming, easy access to numerous restaurants, and easy parking a short walk away ($6 flat rate).

Please note: Cross Campus Pasadena is in a historic building without an elevator.  Access to the event requires the climbing of one flight of steps.



Tickets are:

  • $20 in advance,
  • $25 at the door. 

It is free to join the Board Game Jam or you can just join in for the open gaming.

If you already have friends who want to be on your Board Game Jam team, make sure to let us know when you buy a ticket. If you don't, no problem! We will assign you to a team the day of the competition.


  • 11:00-11:00: Open Gaming
  • 11:00-6:00: Game Jam Competition
    • 11:00: Sign in
    • 11:30: Orientation / Team Formation / Theme Announcement
    • 12:00: Materials handed out, Brainstorm, and Design time!
    • 4:30: Time's up! Playtesting and judging period
    • 6:30: Game Jam winners announced! Opportunity drawing winners announced!
  • 6:30: Opportunity drawings!
  • 7:00-9:00: Ca$h'n Guns tournament
  • 6:30-11:00: Ongoing open gaming - Games created during game jam available for all to play



Feel free to email us if you have any questions or are interested in helping sponsor LA Board Game Jam!


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