What do my playtesters’ nonverbal behaviors mean?

Jessica Berlin Playtesting 1 Comment

You’re running a playtest of your game and you look around at the players and notice a few things. One is on the edge of his seat, leaning forward, looking intently at the board. Another player is leaning back, legs crossed, arms crossed, and frowning slightly. And the other person is holding her head up with her hand and tapping her foot on the floor. What do all these different nonverbal signals mean and should you be paying attention to them? What do these players say (verbally or in writing) about the game after the playtest is over and is what they’re saying verbally matching what their nonverbal behaviors are saying? I recently read a book called “Body Language: How …