Is your next playtest scheduled?

Jessica Berlin Playtesting 3 Comments

When is your next playtest scheduled? Is it on the calendar? Is it firm? Nothing’s going to change it? You’re going to get your game ready and actually do the playtest, right? Have you ever had a playtest on your calendar, maybe at a local convention, an Unpub Mini or Protospiel event, or just a meetup with other game designers or your local board gaming group, but then when that date actually came around you didn’t really think your game was ready to be playtested, so you decided not to go, or maybe you went, but didn’t bring your game out? You figured it could wait until the next time, right? No big deal. But, what do you think you …

Learning lessons from running Unpub Mini SD

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We hosted our fourth Unpub Mini San Diego playtesting event on Saturday, June 4, and I think it was our best one yet! We had a great turnout. We had 30 game designers registered (a couple ended up dropping out or not showing up, so we ended up having a few less than that) and we had a packed room of playtesters almost the whole day. We’ve learned a few things along the way, since we hosted our first Unpub Mini event in 2014 and I wrote the blog post, “How to host your own Unpub Mini event,” so we thought it might be good to write an updated post on the event. We changed things up a little bit …

Finding playtesters beyond your dining room table

Jessica Berlin Playtesting 4 Comments

Playtesting is key to game design. You need people to play your game. If you can’t playtest it (like a million times), you’re never going to get anywhere with your game. But, sitting at home with your carefully crafted prototype waiting for playtesters to come to you isn’t going to work. You’re going to have to get out there. Go forth and find playtesters! But, where do you start? For our games, we started at our own dining room table, but then soon learned we needed to venture out past that. Where to find playtesters: Yourself/significant other: When you’re very early in the design process, you’ve just come up with this game and it’s a very rough handwritten prototype, you …

How to host your own Unpub Mini event

Jessica Berlin Playtesting 8 Comments

This post was originally published on the League of Gamemakers blog on Feb. 25, 2015. Since this was posted, we have organized two more Unpub Mini San Diego events and we are currently planning another event for Saturday, June 4. Designer preregistration begins April 1. To sign up for email updates about the event, visit unpubminisd.com. Unpub Mini If I told you that I hosted an Unpub Mini event in San Diego last November for tabletop game designers to run playtests of their prototype games, you might think I’m part of a big game design studio, that I’ve done this before, or that we even have a published game. You’d be wrong on all counts, but we did it anyway! …