Q - What is Playtest UK?

A - Playtest UK is a friendly group of board/card game designers and playtesters that meet regularly in London, Cambridge, Newcastle, Brighton, Cardiff, Leeds, Enfield, Bath, Norwich, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Birmingham, Redruth, Reading, SE London, Dundee, Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, Croydon, Plymouth and Belfast. 

Q - What is the Playtest Zone @ UKGE2018?

A - The Playtest Zone has been running for 9 years at the UK Games Expo. It is open all three days of the show from 10am-6pm(4pm on Sunday) and provides a place where designers can bring their prototypes to be played by UKGE attendees

Q - How long are the playtesting sessions?

A - There are two types of playtesting sessions in the Playtest Zone. You can book a three hour session, either morning or afternoon, or there are 90 mins sessions available to be booked throughout the day. Booking sessions is done before the show by registering your game on a entry form, but there can also be places available on the day, but they go quickly.

Q - How much does it cost?

A - The 90 mins playtesting sessions are free and the three hour sessions require a £12 donation to charity.

Q - How big are the playtesting tables?

A - Most of the tables will be 180cmx60cm, but we will also have some 120cmx60cm and some circular tables with a 90cm diameter.
Q - What do I need to bring?

A - We will provide playtesters, tables and feedback forms should you require them; you will just need to bring yourself and your prototype. Help will be at hand if you need it from the red-shirted Playtest UK members.

Q - Can I send you the prototype to playtest for me?

A - You (or a proxy) will need to be present to explain the game and supervise the playtesting. This will be the best option even if you are doing a blind playtest, as it will guarantee the time that your prototype deserves.


Q - How do I enter?

A - You will need to complete the online registration form here: and then create and submit a sales sheet for your prototype and send it to

Q - How much does it cost?

A - It is free to enter.

Q - How does the Speed-Dating work?

A - You will be given a table to set up your game. At the sound of the horn, a publisher will sit at the table and you then have 5 mins to pitch your game prototype and answer any questions the publisher may have. After 5 mins the horn sounds again and a new publisher will sit down for you to pitch to. There will be several publishers throughout the hour.


Q - How do I get a ticket?

A - The event will have limited ticketing as only a limited number of people will be able to attend due to fire regulations. In order to get a ticket you must register your interest here: and you will be contacted beforehand with confirmation. The tickets may sell out and priority will be given to those who have registered an interest first. Your name will be ticked off when you arrive.
Q - Are there any ticket restrictions?

A - Ticket-holders must be over 18 by the day of the event and must apply for their own ticket. There are no plus ones as it is important that we know exactly how many people are coming, so everyone must be registered for their own ticket.

Q - Will there be tickets available on the door?

A - There are no plans for tickets on the door, although some tickets may be made available 1 hour after the event starts if there have been any cancellations.

Q - I have another question that isn't covered here.

A - Please feel free to send me a message via the website contact form.

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