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Krupa
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Hi All,

I'm constantly working on games, prototyping and solo playtesting with occasional visits to city based playtest groups when I can make it and I have something I think is worth showing to a wider group, but what I miss is regular feedback from another designer. I've asked around and searched but not managed to find someone in my area who is as enthusiastic about games design as I am and who would like to meet regularly to share our ideas for criticism and support. I am based in West Yorkshire / East Lancashire and wonder if there's anybody around there that has the same problem?

cheers

Chris

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Hi Chris, Wish I lived near

Hi Chris,

Wish I lived near you because I would have a blast meeting with you and sharing ideas about board games. However, we could use skype or a similar software to communicate and plan a day that we meet weekly or monthly. I'm sure theres a person or two more on these forums that might enjoy meeting with us as well.

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Hi Krupa

I'm also in England, but down South (in Oxfordshire), I'm afraid. I also like the idea of an occasional Skype or Google Hangout meeting to talk shop and discuss problems, as I don't have much in the way of local contacts to work with.

However, I have got to a couple of playtesting meetups (I have to get all the way to London for these) which I have found really useful. I gather they organise meetups in Leeds, if that is of any use to you. Take a look at their website for more information: http://www.meetup.com/Playtest/

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Hi northgun and poly, glad

Hi northgun and poly,

glad that others have the same feeling, skype / hangouts could work well - it's the face to face + regular thing that's missing where you can really accelerate development and provoke stimulation to improve each other's work as well as becoming familiar enough with their projects that you understand the flow of their development - I work in visual arts and we constantly show each other our work as we produce it, knowing full well that another opinion, whether right or wrong will improve what we are making.

Lets stay in touch and work out a way to do this!

cheers

Chris

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Hangout?

Agreed, even if you work alone, having other people to talk to can be a huge help. I think a virtual "show and tell" session could be pretty handy if a handful of are up for it.

I'd say a Google Hangout could be a good way to progress as it is a reasonable framework for basic videoconferencing that works pretty well for most people (assuming you have a Google account).

What do you think?

Cheers,
Rob

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Google hangouts works for me

Google hangouts works for me as well. I will just have to obtain a decent webcam, I have a decent headset already

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Might be interested in Google

Might be interested in Google hangouts or Skype meetings for talking about game design.

polyobsessive wrote:
I'm also in England, but down South (in Oxfordshire)

Hey I'm in Oxfordshire as well. Do you know about Oxford on Board and Thirsty Meeples in Oxford? They would be good places for meeting for IRL discussion/testing of games.

I don't make it to the Meetup UK regular meetings, they're too far from me. But I did playtest one of my games with them at the UK Games Expo last year and intend to do so again this year.

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Oxon massive!

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Might be interested in Google hangouts or Skype meetings for talking about game design.

Yay! I would say "what's everyone doing tonight?" but that's probably a bit short notice!

iamseph wrote:
Hey I'm in Oxfordshire as well. Do you know about Oxford on Board and Thirsty Meeples in Oxford? They would be good places for meeting for IRL discussion/testing of games.

Hello neighbour! :)

I've been to Thirsty Meeples a few times and heard of Oxford on Board but never been to any of their meetups. I have been to a couple of the Oxford Meeples days of gaming, and I actually got a sneaky playtest in there once, which was cool.

To be honest I don't get in to Oxford that often, as it is a little inconvenient during week days and we often have things happening at weekends. Them's the breaks.

iamseph wrote:
I don't make it to the Meetup UK regular meetings, they're too far from me. But I did playtest one of my games with them at the UK Games Expo last year and intend to do so again this year.

Wow, last year's UKGE was my first bit of public playtesting. I was absolutely terrified, but it went amazingly well and I gained a lot of momentum from that. I'll be back again this year, probably with the same game in a far more developed version. Hopefully see you there!

Rob

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polyobsessive wrote:iamseph

polyobsessive wrote:
iamseph wrote:
Might be interested in Google hangouts or Skype meetings for talking about game design.

Yay! I would say "what's everyone doing tonight?" but that's probably a bit short notice!

Yes, I was out playtesting my RPG system with my RP group :P

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Wow, last year's UKGE was my first bit of public playtesting. I was absolutely terrified, but it went amazingly well and I gained a lot of momentum from that. I'll be back again this year, probably with the same game in a far more developed version. Hopefully see you there!

Likewise, that was my first big public playtest too. It was a demanding weekend. I ran one playtest with Playtest UK, took part in playtesting a couple of other people's games, then the next day I sat in the open gaming area all afternoon just inviting people to join my game for a round. Met a load of other designers and got a lot of good feedback on my prototype. I'm hoping the prototype I take with me this year will be the final one.

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I'm not the social type but I

I'm not the social type but I have bounced a few ideas on skype with folks that I know quite well. Call me paranoid, but I suggest knowing the people you're talking to before having an online chat with total strangers on a whim.

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Fair point

Experimental Designs wrote:
I'm not the social type but I have bounced a few ideas on skype with folks that I know quite well. Call me paranoid, but I suggest knowing the people you're talking to before having an online chat with total strangers on a whim.

You're probably right, but I'm a fairly trusting person. After at least some text-based chat in a place that kinda slightly filters people a little bit I can usually decide who to share my email address with. :)

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Experimental Designs

Experimental Designs wrote:
I'm not the social type but I have bounced a few ideas on skype with folks that I know quite well. Call me paranoid, but I suggest knowing the people you're talking to before having an online chat with total strangers on a whim.

I'm pretty wary about meeting internet-people IRL, but that has much more risk involved. I'm not worried about having a voice discussion online.

What problems do you think having an online chat with someone you don't know might bring?

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Tabletop simulator or similar?

Hi guys,
Have you also considered something like tabletop simulator? You can build your prototype in it then meet up to play test it online & discuss stuff. It is a bit clunkier than playing on a table but you can use a mic to chat while everything is playing out.

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iamseph wrote:I'm pretty wary

iamseph wrote:
I'm pretty wary about meeting internet-people IRL, but that has much more risk involved. I'm not worried about having a voice discussion online.

What problems do you think having an online chat with someone you don't know might bring?

Honestly the thought of sharing some ideas with people outside an inner circle does not settle well with me. Again I am often accused of paranoia and perhaps rightfully so. I have to know someone well enough to be comfortable with sharing ideas with.

Also, you can have the same risks with someone on the internet as you do with someone outside of it. The only exception and sole safeguard is anonymity but even then that may not be enough to save you if the discussion turns sour.

Krupa
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Sorry I've not chimed in for

Sorry I've not chimed in for a while but work is keeping me hostage, probably this week and next too...

I'll be back ;)

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Tabletop simulator

Hi all,
Just to clarify, I have tabletop simulator if anyone else is using it to prototype & discuss stuff. The main problem I see is timezones as I'm on the east coast of Australia but I'm sure we can find an hour or 2 that overlap for anyone interested.
I haven't published any games (I'm talking to one publisher ATM) & don't have much experience but I'm up for discussions, brainstorming & playing devils advocate if needed.

Sean

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Tabletop Slack Group

I am in a group that uses Slack (the team-focused social software) to coordinate playtesting with other designers on Tabletop Simulator. You're not in it by another name are you?

I've ported my game to TTS, and found it quite useful for prototyping. Finding enough players online at the right time is tricky though. There is also a tendency for people to join thinking everyone will play their game, but without the matching willingness to play other people's games. Those folk usually go quiet after a while, but a core group have shown true interest in sharing efforts.

I'm also on the east coast of Australia... So time zones could work well for a change. Send me a message if you are interested.

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Times zones aren't a huge

Times zones aren't a huge issue for myself, I'm a night owl so I'm generally up when folks in Europe/Australia are. Use to play Minecraft with a buddy in Sweden all the time.

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I'm in Texas (so not even

I'm in Texas (so not even close), but I really enjoy helping other people out and bouncing ideas around.

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