Video Game Design Camps with PODS Game Design!

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The long winter is over and spring is here! School’s about to get out and your kids are ready to play video games ALL summer long!

Why not send them to a video game design camp with PODS Game Design?

Our camps will give kids the memories of a lifetime as they create their VERY OWN video game! They’ll learn everything that it takes to make one, from writing the scripts to carefully arranging the level design and everything in between!

The PODS Game Design summer catalog is PACKED with excitement!

Summer Camp

More details and registration on our Class Schedule page!

June 11 – 15: Moorhead, MN – Game Design Camp

July 16: Moorhead, MN – Pixel Art Textures

June 18 – 21: West Fargo, ND – Game Design Camp

June 25 – 29: Frazee, MN & Perham, MN – Game Design Camp

July 9 – 13: Belcourt, ND – Scholastic Arts and Writings Award Workshop – Video Game Design!

July 16 – 19: Moorhead, MN – College for Kids and Teens – Beginner Game Design

July 23 – 26: Moorhead, MN – College for Kids and Teens – Advanced Game Design

July 30 – August 3: Breckenridge, MN – Game Design Camp

July 30 – August 3: Moorhead, MN – Advanced Class – Minigames

August 6 – 10: West Fargo, ND – Advanced Classes: Town-building Game and Minigames


More details and registration on our Class Schedule page!


What a summer! We’re sure excited to lead so many game design camps and special classes this summer! We can’t wait to see what else is in store from PODS Game Design this fall…




Classes at Horizon Middle School!

We have new classes starting soon at Horizon Middle School! Check out the details below:

  • Beginner: Horizon Middle School EAST starts March 19th.
  • Beginner: Horizon Middle School WEST starts April 6th.
  • Advanced (Mechanics & Formulas): Horizon Middle School EAST & WEST starts April 18th.

Not only that, but we have more classes in Moorhead starting this summer! Check out our SCHEDULE for more information, including links for registration!

We’re also THIS close to having our Summer Schedule finalized. More awesome information on the way!

Also, be sure to check out the article about PODS Game Design in the FM Extra here!

Also also, if you want to learn more about our classes and what we do, check out our new Beginner page here!




Starting 2018!

2018 is going to be a busy year for PODS Game Design. We are close to releasing our Spring and Summer class schedules, but we’ll let you in on a few of the highlights!

  • We have a Beginner class, followed quickly by an Advanced class to keep the fun going, scheduled with the West Fargo Park District!
  • We have two Beginner classes scheduled with Moorhead Community Education. First, we’ll be at Robert Asp elementary in January, followed by Dorothy Dodds elementary in February!
  • We have a Beginner class scheduled with Kindred on Saturdays in February!

We also plan to have classes with Fargo and the Perham-Frazee area Community Ed program!


If these classes weren’t enough, we plan to go camping this summer with an assortment of Video Game Design Camps held everywhere! Check back for more details!

Holiday Break Classes at West Fargo!

We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold three classes with the West Fargo Park District over the upcoming Holiday Break. We will have one familiar and well-loved class, Donut Invaders, as well as two newly debuting classes: The Town Building Game using RPG Maker MV and Ocean Cleanup!


Town Building Game



“Can we fix it?” 


In the Town Building Game, students will create a game focused on building a single run-down shack into a thriving town by harvesting resources, purchasing in-game upgrades, and finding people to live in the newly-built houses. It’s a great addition to an existing project or could be developed into a game all in itself! Learn more here!




A newly developed game by PODS Game Design joins the lineup of our One-Day class games of Mouse Maze, Donut Invaders, and Destructo-Ball. In Ocean Cleanup, students take the wheel of a ship on the high seas to clean up all the trash. Collecting trash with your specialized ocean-nets will earn you money, but ramming the trash with your hull will damage it. Students will program all aspects of this class from start to finish, including the money mechanic, the trash collection mechanic, and all the other cool features!


Donut Invaders

One of the PODS Game Design favorites is back again! In Donut Invaders, students will wage war against the alien donuts from outer space that want to destroy the planet with their turbo sprinkle cannons (That’s why donuts have holes in the middle, right?). It’s up to you to hop into your laser cannon tank to blast them out of the sky! in this game, students will program all the mechanics of the game, including the donuts, the projectiles, and the laser cannon tank!


And no matter which class you take, you bring the game home when you’re done! We will provide each student with a CD to take home with their game on it!

Want to register? Check out the links below!

Special Project – Town Building Game – – – December 27, 28, 29 – – – – 8:30 – 12:00

Ocean Cleanup (NEW) – – – December 27 – 28 – – – – 12:30 – 2:30

Donut Invaders – – – December 27 – 28 – – – – 3:00 – 5:00

Video Game Design Classes at West Fargo and Moorhead!

PODS Game Design has some new offerings for our video game design classes that we’re excited to share with you!

In West Fargo, we have classes starting on September 11th at the Veteran’s Memorial Arena! These classes will meet each Monday from 3:30 – 5:30. For more information on  specific start times, please see our schedule.

In Moorhead, we have classes starting on September 7th at Reinertsen, on October 12th at Ellen Hopkins, on January 11th at Robert Asp, and on February 15th at Dorothy Dobb. Each class will meet for five sessions, from 3:00 – 5:00. For more information, please see our schedule. Also, be sure to check out our Flyer!

Also in Moorhead, we have a Beginner level class for adults at Probstfield starting on October 5th at 6:00.  Be sure to check it out on our schedule!

Also, take a look at our options for MINECRAFT BIRTHDAY PARTIES with the West Fargo Park District!


We’ve got more classes coming up! Keep checking back for more!

Video Game Design Workshop at NDSU!

We at PODS Game Design are pleased to announce that we will be leading a video game design workshop at NDSU in August! This workshop is for the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards and is available for students who will enter grades 7 – 12 this upcoming school year.

Click here to register!

The Details:

What?: A video game design workshop!

Where?: NDSU, Minard Hall 319

When?: August 14 to August 18, 9:00 – 4:00

Cost?: $175

Scholarships?: Yes (Check appropriate box on application)

How do I apply?: Click here!

Other questions? Contact Dave at!


This game design workshop will be led by both Dave of PODS Game Design and the wonderful workshop leaders of the Red River Valley Writing Project at NDSU. The games created in this workshop are encouraged to be submitted to the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards contest. We are looking for unique stories and inspired story-tellers to weave their tales into a video game.

Each day, students will begin with a short writing prompt about their game to get their creative juices flowing. Then it’s off to the computers to build, program, and create! After a lunch at NDSU’s union, student will return for more video game creation. Throughout the day, we will discuss topics of plot, character development, and scene creation intermixed with some clever coding and programming to make it all work. The day ends with a final prompt to further develop ideas and discuss progress that been made.

We would love for you to join us! Applications will be accepted until August 1st. Apply here!

Pop-Up Class in July!

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PODS Game Design is hosting a pop-up class at the Prairie Den this July! This is going to be a new class in which we develop a special project for your Role-Playing Games. The special project will be a town-building engine for your game.

Building a town with RPG Maker MV is not difficult. However, wouldn’t it be neat to have a town that grows from one derelict house to a bustling community, where the player chooses who lives in what house? And where the player has to find resources and pay a carpenter to build the new houses?

Check out the new Special Project page for more information and be sure to register today!

Summer 2017 Schedule!


Our Summer 2017 class schedule is up! We are offering a variety of classes this summer.

In June, we are offering a Beginner RPG class in West Fargo. We are also offering an all-day Girls Only Beginner RPG class with College for Kids and Teens. In the middle of the month, we’re traveling to Breckenridge to teach Donut Invaders using Game Maker Studio. Then we’re traveling to Belcourt, ND again to participate in the Red River Valley Writing Project/Scholastic Creative Arts program to teach students to develop games with Game Maker Studio. Finally, at the end of June, we’re offering a new hybrid class – a Video Game Design Camp. This class will cover the Beginner class material, then dive into a variety of topics found in our PODSter classes. What exactly we will go over is up to the interest of the students!

In July, we start the month after the 4th of July with Mouse Maze in Detroit Lakes. After that, we have two weeks of College for Kids and Teens, an all-day Beginner class followed by an all-day Advanced class that will cover a multitude of topics found in our PODSter classes including Dungeons, Map Design, Plot, and Mechanics and Formulas! After that, we travel to Perham to offer a Beginner RPG class in the morning, followed by four sections of new hybrid classes with the Boys and Girls Club and Bright Futures! These hybrid classes will focus on specific topics including level design, scripting events, and creating animations!

At the end of July, moving into August, we have another Beginner RPG class in Fargo at the Robert D Johnson Rec Center. And to end the summer season, we have two classes with West Fargo, Destructo-Ball and Penguin Panic.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements as the summer goes on!

Moving into Spring!


We are moving into Spring with an excellent article about PODS Game Design in the Fargo Monthly! PODS has expanded our offerings in the Spring even more since our last post!

  • We have a class being held February 11th in Kindred, ND! Register online!
  • We have a Beginner class at Eagle Elementary scheduled in May! Eagle elementary students and parents, keep your eyes peeled for registration!


  • We have a Beginner POP-UP class scheduled with InspireLab starting in February and a PODSter class, Mechanics and Formulas, starting in March! Register online!

See our schedule for a complete listing of our Spring classes!

We also welcome interested parties to download our Demo Game, The Quest for the Bedazzled Mirror to see the sorts of games we would design with our Beginner and PODSter classes!


Grandparents are always sending their grandchildren on dangerous adventures! – The Quest for the Bedazzled Mirror

Spring 2017

spring2017Our Spring calendar is full of exciting classes in communities all across the region! We have a wide assortment of one day classes and Beginner level courses being offered in both large and small communities.

  • In Moorhead, we are offering Beginner level classes at each of the elementary schools, as well as a class specifically for adults starting in late February!
  • In Fargo, we are offering two Game Maker Studio classes in April!
  • In Breckenridge, we are offering a Beginner level class starting in March after school!
  • We have a new Game Maker Studio game debuting in Barnesville (February) and in Perham (March) – Penguin Panic!
  • We have two upcoming Game Maker Studio classes in Fergus Falls, one in February and one in March!
  • In Detroit Lakes, we will learn how to blast alien donuts out of the sky with Donut Invaders in March!
  • Finally, at the end of April, Hawley will navigate Mouse Maze to find all the cheese in one of our favorite Game Maker Studio classes!

Please check our schedule page for links to register for these classes!

Also, our Summer is going to be jam-packed with awesome classes, including the debut of our new Summer Camp classes!