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Dralius
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There is a new contest being sponsored by Rio Grande with a promise that at least one entry will get published.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/45175

The requirements seem contrived.
Here is a good example
(7) The primary designer / entrant will be responsible for bringing the game including three copies of the final rules and all necessary components to the play test session you have been scheduled for. If you arrive more than ten minutes late, your play test session will be canceled and you won’t be eligible to compete.

12) All play test sessions will be run without rules teachings, explanations or clarifications by the designer. The play test table will learn the game "cold." The designer is not allowed to answer rules questions during the game. Do your best to make sure rules are well written and clear! It is encouraged to include player aids if you think this will help your game run smoothly.

Why do I need to come if the game is going to be evaluated without any input by myself?

Well good luck to those that try.

InvisibleJon
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Proxies?

Dralius wrote:
(7) The primary designer / entrant will be responsible for bringing the game including three copies of the final rules and all necessary components to the play test session you have been scheduled for. If you arrive more than ten minutes late, your play test session will be canceled and you won’t be eligible to compete.

Why do I need to come if the game is going to be evaluated without any input by myself?

Perhaps it's valid if you arrange for your game to be delivered to the location, even if you are not present?

truekid games
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there seem to be different

there seem to be different standards for different groups running their branch of the contest- tonight or tomorrow i'm going to see if i can find one that accepts mail-ins, since the "you must be there" rule would be restrictive enough, and then the fact that it's a blind test makes designer presence that much more moot.

Black Canyon
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I understand the requirement

I understand the requirement of not allowing designer influence, but I agree that it seems like the designer's presence isn't needed during testing. However, it would provide a wonderful chance to see your game blind tested in person. After the testing session, you could do plenty of explaining and interviewing, I'm sure.

regai
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I'm the organizer for the GameCon Memphis region of this contest and part of the reason for the varying standards is that we have been given a wide range of freedoms. With that range of freedoms comes little guidence. If you want to mail a game to us, we'll be happy to accept it, however, if space becomes an issue then local entries will recieve priority. After that, then I'll use my judgement as to the games that have the best chaces to be published by Rio Grande. Honestly, I don't think that space is going to be an issue.

Thank you for the link to that Geeklist, I hadn't seen it. I'm curious as to how other groups are running their event.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at james@gameconmemphis.com or via geekmail as Regai on BGG.

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