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My game group has officially disbanded

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X3M
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No more 2+ player game testing. No more games to play with 2+.
It is just me now. And maybe sometimes my cousin.
There is too much to do in our lifes in general. At least my cousin has still hobby time. And I can be multifunctional. But the rest simply can't combine things any more since they are becoming more adult than average.

Well.... that meeting sucked....

The End.

Not going to loose hope
The game that I am working on right now should be for a wider audicence.
So, I wait(work) until I got something good.
And send it out for play testing.
Here or in other communities.

Paper is good for print and play. Even though it is still a concept.

let-off studios
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Bummer

I don't know how I could maintain my enthusiasm without a local group with whom to bounce ideas around.

I've recently become curious about Tabletop Simulator and services such as Tabletopia and even the old-skool Vassal. Do you have any experience with these? Could you start connecting and recruiting others through those?

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Find a new group?

They are becoming more adult than average? What does that mean? Anyways, can you not find another game group to join? Check Facebook or Meetup and see if there are other tabletop enthusiasts getting together near you. Unless you are in a pretty rural area there's a good chance you'll find others to play with.

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IDGA Indianapolis

Check out your local or next state of IDGA or Global Game Jam. The GGJ is coming up this weekend. Jan 26-28, 2018. To much to put down but check out the website to get more information. Australia is also having a global game jam as well. This global game jam might be what your looking for or check out my last project that was given to my friend as President of this project. The project is called,”#MakinGamesLive”. You can find it on Facebook, Younow.

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X3M
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I think the dutch culture is

I think the dutch culture is very different, compared to america.

There are meetups here in the Netherlands. But I don't know yet if they are to promote games. I will look into them to see if it is something for me to join.

Game design is almost non existent for all I know.

And with "more grown up" I mean that they have no time any more for board games. But have to spend it all on children and/or work.

There are some meetings in Amsterdam, 1 in Rotterdam. We used to have a place in my hometown. But that one closed a decade ago. Only I remained.

I'll look into the digital world again if I have a new and more public version of the game that I always loved. I think that I will post the rules someday on this forum. Together with some print and play sheets.

To all things come an end. But some endings are the beginning of something new.

@Stormynight

I didn't know about that link. It even works for the Netherlands. Thanks.

ddiaz28
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Didn't know you were from the

Didn't know you were from the Netherlands. A friend of mine just moved back here to Canada from there a few weeks ago. Hopefully the hobby grows more popular there so it's easier to find groups. Anyways, that's too bad that your friends can't take a little time out of their super adult lives to game anymore. I've got a busy job and 2 kids and I make it a point to have a game night every two weeks. I schedule it at 9 when the kids are already in bed and we usually play until midnight. Sure I'm a little tired the next day but it's well worth it. Tell your buddies there is no excuse! LOL

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Adult Life

X3M wrote:
And with "more grown up" I mean that they have no time any more for board games. But have to spend it all on children and/or work.
I really can't knock someone for doing their best to prioritize. The last thing I'd want is for someone to be stressed out about playing board games (or engaging in any hobby, for that matter).

I remember the days when I used to say, "I'll be playing D&D until the nurse at the old age home refuses to roll my dice for me." I was heavily-invested in AD&D for something like two decades, playing 2nd Edition with the same crew of people beyond my college years. Other aspects of life took the fore, we geographically separated, and so the group eventually dissolved.

It happens. Other hobbies and interests emerge, some disappear forever, some experience a resurgence. Had I stuck with RPGs all this time, I never would have considered hobby game design, and in return meeting scores of interesting people, and doing all sorts of interesting things.

My heart goes out to you, X3M. But as you said, "some endings are the beginning of something new." Some opportunity will arise.

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Use "TradeWorlds" as a tool

X3M wrote:
No more 2+ player game testing. No more games to play with 2+.

Here's the thing I'm thinking:

Nobody in the Netherlands is going to have "TradeWorlds" -- except YOU! Which means by June (hopefully) when you get your copy... You should be able to go to any "Game Store" in your area and try to recruit some players for some total battle with four (4) players... And have a blast doing it.

You'll have something that no one else will have... And hopefully you'll make NEW friends!

I know when I do trade shows ... people love playing the game. If often get: "Ya that was cool!" So feel free to use our game to build a NEW group!!! And then you can introduce your new friends to some of your prototypes and maybe get a "monthly" Jam session...

No need to overdo it ... start with a commercial game -- if they like it, well then see if any of them would be willing to TRY your prototype... And give yourself plenty of time to "refine" (monthly sessions sounds reasonable).

Don't despair ... You'll find NEW people soon enough for sure!

AND ... if you WANT, I can "hook" you up with EIGHT (8) other guys in the Netherlands that bought the game. I can send you their e-mails and maybe you can bond together over some "TradeWorlds" ... and see if anyone has time for designing or maybe a monthly meetup to playtest...

It's up to you... Go it alone or with other backers... I can ask Mike if he'd be okay with that!

Cheers...

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If you want to go the online

If you want to go the online route, Roll20 is an option most don't consider for playtesting. And it has a very active group of people - mostly DnD but everyone seems to be up for trying anything.

X3M
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My thoughts exactly

Yes, starting with a commercial game is the way to go.
There is a place in Eindhoven where they meet up. It is a shop like we used to have one in my hometown. And it also contains comics and manga.
It is close enough for a simple half hour trip.

As for all the digital meeting places. I'll give them a try this weekend.

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