John Kaufeld

Tabletop game industry veteran, acclaimed author, and innovative educator.

John spent 30 years (and counting!) in the tabletop game industry. “Cloudburst,” his stormwater awareness game (, won the 2022 GamiCon Throwdown for Excellence in Low-Tech/No-Tech Gamification and received a silver medal in the International Serious Play Awards. He puts game-based learning to work as a faculty member in the Organizational Leadership department at Purdue University Fort Wayne (Indiana, U.S.). He holds an MA in communication and an MS in computer science. He’s also a best-selling author with over three million books in print, but that’s a story for another day.


Cardboard Matchmakers: Why People Connect over Games

Great games engage people—and connect them, too. This session explores why tabletop games are like happy relationship glue. It's a secret formula built on golden circles, communication theory, interpersonal systems, and personal space. And once you know the secret, it'll supercharge your gamification projects!

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