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silasmolino
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I have a game ready to print and play test. Should I open up a spot on BGG Board Game Database and upload files, or is that taboo this early in its development? Should I put the files here solely on BGDF?

Here is where I am:

Board map, available tracks, tech tree, pieces, and rules are all ready to print and play. Everything can be printed on 3 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Must have glue, scissors and a color printer to create game. Mechanics are solid (no game breaking bugs discovered in this version). The game is fun! The game is playable in less than one hour. The game is a sci-fi war game fore 2 players.

What say you?

Relexx
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I put my first game up when I

I put my first game up when I thought it was complete (it was about 90% realistically) with files that were specifically marked playtest. As of now I have not intention to modify the game, and am slowly creating full artwork.

Fireblast950
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I think uploading the files would be a fine choice

Knicksen
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I haven't posted files to BGG yet, just on the game blog...

...I hesitated because I wanted to have a more final version to put on BGG.

All that's there is the board and a few photos, but your question and Fireblasts response make me think I should.

Blog: http://magic-maelstrom.blogspot.co.uk/

silasmolino
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That map looks great

I love the map you made. I am currently struggling with a map I am working with.

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Knicksen wrote:...I hesitated

Knicksen wrote:
...I hesitated because I wanted to have a more final version to put on BGG.

All that's there is the board and a few photos, but your question and Fireblasts response make me think I should.

Blog: http://magic-maelstrom.blogspot.co.uk/


Of course I don't know how well the game actually works, but at least the looks are very good for a prototype.

Knicksen
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@silasmolino What are you struggling with?

Give us a clue?

Thanks for the compliment.

Knicksen
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@Awaclus - Thankyou.

Awaclus wrote:
Knicksen wrote:
...I hesitated because I wanted to have a more final version to put on BGG.

All that's there is the board and a few photos, but your question and Fireblasts response make me think I should.

Blog: http://magic-maelstrom.blogspot.co.uk/


Of course I don't know how well the game actually works, but at least the looks are very good for a prototype.

About to post recent blind testing results. I think it is playing well at the core of the design, but is still taking too long for each player turn and hence the game is too long...working on it ;o)

ckleach
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It's good to get raw feedback

I am trying to get around posting my word game here as well. Right now it has had 2 playtests but I've been a part of both. I think having blind testers truly helps develop the game without creator influence. Also, it shows how well writ your instructions are.

silasmolino
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Create a website

I read through the BGG rules before creating a new Board Game domain and I felt that my game was not ready for one.

I am looking for Play Testers also. I know you can post links to your rules and pieces in the playtesting forum. I believe you can even upload files to this site.

I opened up a blog with weebly and created a site for my game here: http://farfromhomeboardgame.weebly.com/

I then uploaded jpegs of the rules and some photos of the game. You could always copy paste the rules onto a blog post if you want.

Any ideas on the best way to find play testers?

So fare family members (dad, wife and 7 year old) and friends are the fastest contacts. They don't help with the blind test though.

ckleach
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I saw it

I bookmarked the link. It looks really cool. I'll be checking out the rules and maybe setting up a playtesting with a friend this weekend. Will keep you posted.

As for BGG guidelines on putting up your game, maybe you are right. if you feel it's not ready then just keep it simple by putting up your files (like you have) on another resource and link to it. When it's gravy, roll that baby out on BGG. As for here, yes you can upload your files and rules and game outline in your profile page. Just go to your profile or use the top links on the left side to update your project outline and add files and images. But since you have a micro site for it, just put your game overview in your profile with a link.

I'm new here so I'm just figuring things out as I go.

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