For Schools

Become a Board Game School

balance technology, support learning, increase social interaction, boost relationships, develop student leadership and grow parental engagement.

Why board games? 

Playing games improves memory formation and cognitive skills, increases processing speed, develops logic and reasoning skills, improves critical thinking, boosts spatial reasoning, improves verbal and communication skills, increases attention and concentration, teaches problem solving, develops confidence and improves decision-making. Playing games increases our awareness, consideration and respect for others. 

Board games are inclusive. All ages can play together. Many disabilities can also be catered for. Learners can compete on a level playing field with staff. With the right games, strength, age, physical ability and prior knowledge will give you no discernible advantage. The structure and rules of games appeal to many who find more free-flowing activities challenging, helping them interact and develop friendships in a comfortable, safe environment.

You need board games in your school. 

Gamesmaster Training 

A fun and engaging day of learning and training for student gamesmasters. Train up gamesmasters to manage the school’s board game library and to teach their peers. These gamesmasters will gain critical leadership skills and improve their ability to coach and support others.

Gamesmasters can manage the school’s games library, run ‘pick up and play’ break-time board game sessions, organise with special events such as game nights with parents and set up game corners at school fairs and during parents evenings. 

Gamesmaster Training is usually combined with an evening games night for parents, students and staff. Schools booking Gamesmaster Training days will also receive a Dark Imp display unit full of original Dark Imp games.

Games on placemats and coasters 

Our desert island themed placemats have two games, one on each side. Both games can be played with any number of people – each with her own pen and placemat – and three standard six-sided dice.  Rules are written on each sheet so learners can teach themselves.  

Each coaster game is designed for 2 or more players, with the game on one side and the rules on the reverse. This set of 6 games is simple to learn, but not necessarily simple to win. 

Place these games strategically around the school to increase opportunities for learners, staff and visitors to play during the day. Placemats in the canteen, coasters in reception… Fill the spaces in the day with games to really become a Board Game School. 

Subscribe to receive a fresh supply of placemats and coasters each term.

The BuzzleBox 

The BuzzleBox, our board game and puzzle box, is the Dark Imp’s flagship product. Each box is packed with original board games, card games and puzzles, all designed especially with young people in mind. 

Each beautifully presented BuzzleBox is based on a theme. The theme for box 1 is ‘Gardens and domestic fowl’ while Box 2 is all about ‘Doughnuts and cake’! 

Subscribe to receive new BuzzleBoxes for school as soon as they are available.

Dark Imp display units stocked with games are available as starter kids for school game libraries or sell books and games on to parents. 

The Board game family book 

Ellie Dix offers a roadmap to integrating board gaming into family life and presents inspiring ways to engage even the trickiest of teenagers and manage game nights with flair.

Many parents feel as if they are competing with screens for their children’s attention. As their kids get older, they become more distant – leading parents to worry about the quality of the already limited time they share. They pine for tech-free time in order to reconnect, but don’t know how to shift the balance.

In The Board Game Family, Ellie Dix aims to help parents by inviting them and their families into the unplugged world of board games. The benefits of board games are far-reaching. Playing games improves memory formation and cognitive abilities, boosts critical thinking, develops interpersonal skills and refines our problem-solving and decision-making.

With these benefits in mind, Ellie explains how parents can unleash the potential of those dusty boxes at the back of the cupboard and become teachers of outstanding gamesmanship – equipped to navigate the unfolding drama of competition, thwart the common causes of arguments and tears, and bind together a happier, more social family unit.

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We work with primary and secondary schools all over the UK

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