Sunday, 28 May 2017

FoxMind looking for board game pitches - deadline tomorrow!

Russ from Draughts Board Game Cafe has just let me know that Foxmind, a North American Board Games Company will be visiting their board games cafe in London on Thursday June 1st.

They are inviting local board game designers to submit a sales sheet to in order to be considered. Unfortunately the deadline is tomorrow 29th May, so you will have to be quick.

Below is direct from their press release:


FoxMind is a family friendly board game company who publishes multiple types of board games, toys and logic puzzles. We are constantly searching for new game concepts of the following types:

- Light strategy games (45 minutes) - Party and dexterity games - Puzzle solving games - Kid games - Quick and portable mini-games.


Please include the following elements in your email:

- A short summary of your game concept - Game rules in PDF or DOC format - Pictures or video file.
Sharing with us your game design experience and what lead you to design the submitted game is a great way for us to know you better. Any information we have helps us decide which games are on our list of potential releases.


We will provide quick feedback to selected designers to schedule a meeting. Other designers will receive a response within the Month of June.
If you have any questions regarding game submissions, please write to us at

Friday, 19 May 2017

90 mins playtesting session available to book.

The 90 mins playtesting session at the Playtest zone at the UK Games Expo are now available to book on a first-come-first-served.

Beforehand, you will need to register your game and details here:

Then you can book a 90 mins session here:

A daily record of the bookings will be kept on an online google document here:

Look forward to seeing you at Expo.

MtM Designer/Publisher Speed-Dating Finalists Announced!

The finalists for the Meet the Makers Designer/Publisher Speed-Dating event at the UK Games Expo 217 have been announced!

They are as follows:

Changnan - Fabio Lopiano
Jazz - Robb Smigielski & Jamie Gray
Gentrification - Andreas Fidjeland
Beggar Man Thief - Nick Case
Stop Dr Evil - Mike Ibeji
Dungeon Cards - Jamie Woodhead
StellaTransporter - Chris Owen
To Have & To Hold - Curtis Reubens
Gribblies - Anna Parry & Alex Thompson
Caravans of the Silk Road - Jen Freeman
Elemental Ascent - Andrew Dennison with Laura Mitchell
The Bank Job - Michal Semczyszyn

1st Reserve: Wasteland Justice - Matthew Morris

The publishers hearing the pitches will be:

Alex Yeager - Mayfair Games
Zev Schlasinger - Wizkds
Sebastian Hein - Pegasus Games
Bernd Keller - Amigo Spiele
Beate Haasbach - Queen Games
Duncan Molloy - Osprey Games
Henry Jasper - Grublin Games
Laurence O'Brien - Wotan Games
Steve Slack - Spiral Galaxy
Lewis Shaw - Brain Crack Games
Peter Blenkharn - In the Box Games
Caezar Al-Jassar - Alley Cat Games

The event will take place at 6.30pm Friday 2nd June 2017 at the UK Game Expo.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

New Logo - Feedback wanted

As part of the revamp of Playtest UK, we are looking to update our logo will a more professional looking version.

Robb Smigielski has very kindly created a treatment of various possibilities and it would be great to get the feedback of of members to make sure that we have retained the right feel and image.

If you are interested, please give your feedback by completing our online questionnaire, which can be found here:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Expo volunteers needed!

Sign up below!

This year Playtest UK will be running three events at the UK Games Expo on Friday 2nd-Sunday 4th June 2017.

The Playtest Zone will run as usual on each day of the convention: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Designer/Publisher Speed-Dating will be on Friday 2nd June 6pm-8pm.

the Designer/Publisher Networking will be on Friday 2nd June 9pm-10.30pm

All of our events are only possible because of our fantastic volunteers. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please follow this link to a google form to enter your details and availability:

We are able to offer Expo day passes to volunteers that can help out for a certain amount of hours during the event. Also, volunteers will get the first choice of playtesting sessions.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rob Harris via the usual contact form.

Friday, 7 April 2017

2nd Playtest UK Games Jam winners

The winners of the 2nd Playtest UK Games Jam are...

The Adults (who are Phil Barritt, Sam Fox, TJ Matthews, Darren Edwards, Andreas Haggman and Steven Cain) with their game design 'A Day at the Museum.'

The games jam was part of the Game On: Contemporary Board Games Study Day @ The Museum of Childhood on Saturday 1st April.

The day consisted of talks in the morning, with a line-up of games industry luminaries: Ian Livingstone CBE, James Wallis, Esther MacCallum, Nia Wearn, Quintin Smith and Holly Nielsen.

The winning design will now go into a development process and a limited run of two games will be produced. One for the winning designers and one to go in the permanent collection of the Museum of Childhood.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Game Study Day @ Museum of Childhood 1st April 2017

Playtest UK will be at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London as part of the Game Study Day on Saturday 1st April 10am - 4pm.

The event costs £20 (£15 concessions).

Here is a link to the Playtest UK meetup page:
Here is the webpage to buy tickets:

(The event is to tie in with their 'Game Plan - Board Games Rediscovered' exhibition which is running from 8th October 2016 - 23rd April 2017.)

The evening will have two strands:

1st strand: Game-related talks

Ian Livingstone, Quinns for Shut Up & Sit Down, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, James Wallis, Holly Nielson and Nia Wearn.

2nd strand: Game Design Jam

Teams of members of the public will try to design a game inspired by the Museum of Childhood and their new exhibition. All game design materials will be provided, just bring your ideas and amazing creativity. There will be cool prizes.   
Ominoes by Andrew Harman, In a Bind by Behrooz Shahriari and Elemons by Eiman Munro will be on show during the event.