Tuesday, 26 March 2013

London Meetup Sunday 21st April


The April Meetup will be on Sunday 21st April from 1pm to 8pm at the Jugged Hare pub, Victoria.


If you've designed a game, bring it along and give it a play or just enjoy playing other people's prototypes in a friendly and constructive atmosphere. Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to bring along a new design, contact Rob Harris (Organiser) and we will add your game to the list. 

We have pre-registration to make the sessions run more smoothly. Designers are encouraged to pre-register their games to be playtested before the meetup by leaving a message on the meetup page below or contacting Rob Harris (Organiser).

You are still welcome to bring along other designs on the day, but time slots will first of all be allocated to pre-registered games.

More details: www.meetup.com/Playtest/events/98351612/

We also have a guild at Boardgamegeek.com: www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/1398

Some of the games to be playtested (TBC):



Brute Fours - computer hacking dice game, 90 mins, 4-5 players (Lee Thomas)
The Last Council - new game prototype, 60 mins, 4-6 players (John-Paul Treen)
Solar Racer / Solar Trader - space prototype, 45 mins, 3-4 players (Chris Martin)
Civ - cooperative civilisation card game, 120 mins, 4 players (Ben Neumann)
City of Guilds - light worker placement, 45 mins, 2-5 players (Matt Green)
Gargoyles - pipes & tiles game, 10 mins, 2-4 players (Matt Green)
Squabbling Goblins - dungeon crawl, 60 mins, 2-4 players (David Brain)
Crystal Palace - drafting game, 60 mins, 2-4 players (David Brain)
Starship Commander - space-themed miniatures game, 60 mins, 3-5 players (Lawrence Davies)
Dragon Slayer - push-your-luck dice game, 60 mins, 2-4? players (David Mortimer)
Dexikon - deck-building word game, 60 mins, 3-4 players (Andrew Rowse)
Robots of Ill Repute - a light game about running a war robot escort agency, 30 mins, 3-5 players (Andrew Rowse)
Pareto - Details to be confirmed (Johan H. W. Basberg)
Shape Up! - tile placement microgame, 10 mins, 2 players (Mo Holkar)
Hold the Front Page - newspaper game, 60-120 mins, 4 players (Andrew Bond)
Great Painters - fine art game, 60-90 mins, 3-4 players (Andrew Bond)
Brent Crude - oil industry game, 90-150 mins, 2-5 players (Andrew Bond)
Trinity - dice and card-drafting game, 60 mins, 2-5 players (Matt Dunstan & Brett Gilbert)
Sim City - tile-laying city-building game, 60 mins, 2-4 players (Matt Dunstan)
Pickpocket - bluffing card game, 30 mins, 3-5 players (Matt Dunstan)
Angkor Thom - city-building strategy game, 60 mins, 3-4 players (Brett Gilbert)
Aegea - light family strategy, 45 mins, 2-4 players (Brett Gilbert)
Soul Binder - trading card game, 45 mins, 2 players (Daniel Forster)
HCG - minions and magic game, 40 mins, 2 players (Behrooz Shahriari)
Untitled - Kickstarter-themed party game, 30 mins, 4-10 players (Behrooz Shahriari)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

March Meetup 2013 Debrief

Despite St. Patrick's Day hangovers, 22 hardy playtesters made it to the Jugged Hare for the Playtest March meetup. We welcomed 6 new members this month: Ben, Chris, Dan, Dave, Gokce and Gwen. 

This was our one-year anniversary of being on Meetup.com, in which time we have grown to over 160 members.

After some drinks and a chat we settled down to some playtesting. There were 4 rounds altogether, with over 20 game prototypes played. These ranged from beautifully-made wooden horse racing games, quick wrestling dice games to cooperative horror games. 

Details of the games played can be found here on a BGG geeklist: 
www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/155150/playtest-london-meetup-sunday-17th-march-2013

There are also some videos of the event, taken with the Vine app.:

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

London Meetup Sunday 17th March


The March Meetup will be on Sunday 17th March from 1pm to 8pm at the Jugged Hare pub, Victoria.

It is almost a year since Playtest joined the meetup website and our membership has now grown to over 150 designers, publishers and playtesters. 



If you've designed a game, bring it along and give it a play or just enjoy playing other people's prototypes in a friendly and constructive atmosphere. Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to bring along a new design, contact Rob Harris (Organiser) and we will add your game to the list. 

As over twenty prototypes are presented at each meetup, we are now have pre-registration to make the sessions run more smoothly. Designers are encouraged to pre-register their games to be playtested before the meetup by leaving a message at the meetup page below or contacting Rob Harris (Organiser).

You are still welcome to bring along other designs on the day, but time slots will first of all be allocated to pre-registered games.


More details: www.meetup.com/Playtest/events/93883772/

We also have a guild at Boardgamegeek.com: www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/1398

Some of the games to be playtested (TBC):


Terror at Graveport - cooperative game, 90 mins, 5 players (Andy Oakey)
Steeplechase - Horse racing game, 60 mins, 4-6 players (Gavin Birnbaum)
Subsistence - Farming game, 60 mins, 4 players (Gavin Birnbaum)
Shape Up! - micro game, 10 mins, 2 players (Mo Holkar)
Hex Chit Game - Fantasy wargaming/ spellcasting, 35 mins, 2-3 players (Behrooz Shahriari)
Shield Wall - Dice wargame, 30 mins, 2 players (David Mortimer)
Bejewelled meets Spongebob! - tile placement, dice, underwater themed game, 20-40 mins, 2-4 players (Dave Cousins)
Footie - strategic drafting card & dice game, 45 mins, 2 players (Richard Southern)
Luchador! - mexican wrestling dice game, 30 mins, 2 players (Mark Rivera)
Fishy Business - tile laying fish game, 45 mins, 2-4 players (Mo Holkar)
Chocolate Factory - sweet-themed eurogame, 60 mins, 3-4 players (Lawrence Davies)