Jake Thornton

is creating Game Design Mastery

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Follow along, step-by-step, as I develop new board, card, and dice games and wargames.
  • Weekly discussion on design progress.
  • Early access to my designs.
  • Alpha and Beta PDFs of rules as they develop.
  • Print-and-play versions of games before they're published elsewhere..
  • Patron-only Q&As.



About Jake Thornton

Welcome to the Game Design Mastery project (GDM). I'm so glad you joined us. 

My name is Jake Thornton, AKA Quirkworthy, and I've been working in the games industry for over 30 years. My first game was published back in 1987, and since then I've had many other designs released, several of which have been very successful on Kickstarter. I've worked with everyone from individual start-ups to Games Workshop and Hasbro, and now I'm embarking on exciting projects of my own. GDM is one of these. 

The Game Design Mastery project is a way for me to pass on some of my experience to the next generation of designers. It's also fun for me to talk to enthusiastic, like-minded individuals who take their game design seriously... but not too seriously. 

Each week I'll show you where my current design work has taken me, sharing insights and thoughts that it's inspired, and showing you where it's up to. You get to follow the process from inception to finished product, with downloads of the rules and print and play files in various iterations as they get written up. 

I've got three new solo game designs scheduled for 2021:

  • A tabletop figure wargame set in the American Civil War.
  • A card game of Zombie Apocalypse.
  • A fantasy board game where you play the Bad Guys. 
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When we get to a total of 25 lovely Patrons, I'll do a live Q&A session on all things game design. 
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