Ellie Dix


Ellie Dix


Ellie Dix has been obsessed with board games from an early age. Not only playing them, but tweaking the rules for fun and designing her own. She firmly believes that board games have positively influenced her ability to interact with others, manage failure, work creatively with available resources, experiment with multiple paths to success, solve interesting problems, adapt to changing situations and make decisions quickly.

An ex-teacher and mother of two teenage boys, Ellie is now putting all her understanding of behaviour, experience with gamification, teaching skills and game-playing history to use, by helping other parents to introduce board games to family life.

Ellie is a board game designer, owner of The Dark Imp, a board game publishing company and author of The Board Game Family: Reclaim your children from the screen.

In her spare time, she’ll usually be found playing a board game (unsurprisingly). But also loves singing and acting. Ellie has recently completed an OU maths degree… for fun.

Ellie hosts The Game School which is all about Games! Board games, card games, party games… we dive into the world of tabletop games and consider how to use them in school and for teaching and learning. We talk to game-loving special guests, answer questions from teachers about games in the classroom and share games you can play tomorrow.