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Playtest Newsletter #2 (April 2012)

Rob H.
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Group Organizer
Surbiton, GB
Dear Playtester,

Here is the April instalment of the Playtest newsletter, with some general items of interest to members of the group.


First of all, congratulations to Playtest member, Brett Gilbert on the release of his first published game, Divinare, which will be available in April courtesy of Asmodee. The prototype was played at the Playtest event at the UK Games Expo 2011.

Link on BoardGameGeek:­

Link on Brett's blog:­

April will see the Playtest group move to a new venue, the Morpeth Arms in Westminster. The Old Star has been a fantastic venue for the last two years, but we now need a bit more space. After auditioning (ahem) lots of local pubs, the Morpeth Arms' blend of good location, atmosphere, food and drink made it the obvious choice. Friendly bar manager, Lisa has set aside the Spying Room for us, which overlooks the Thames at Millbank.

Playtest member, Nicolas Guibert has successfully launched his new gaming website.


Current games are Lost Cities, Keltis Card game, Finito! and Level X, with more will come. Each game has good graphics, a tutorial and a strong AI if no human opponent is available.

Nicolas would appreciate any feedback you may have and is especially keen for you to like it on Facebook and add Happy Meeple to Google+. There are still several features to be added.

Here are a couple of other Meetup groups that you might be interested in, as there is a good overlap between memberships:

London on Board is the most popular boardgaming club in the country, with over a thousand members meeting up to four times a week. As a long-time member myself, the club provides an invaluable way to play all of the new game mechanics and design styles with a friendly crowd. It is run by Playtest member, Martin Griffiths.


London Educational Games Meetup provides the meeting point between game makers and educationalists, who are keen to use games within the classroom. Monthly presentations by members of the group have been inspirational. The group is run by Kirsten Campbell-Howes.


Things to put in the Diary:

Premio Archimede 2012 Game Design Prize is a bi-annual Italian competition for unpublished game designs and prototypes. The deadline for entries is May 31st.


UK Games Expo 2012, The Clarendon Suites, Birmingham B16 9SB.

Friday night 25th May, through all day Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th May. The Playtest group will be running the Playtest Zone throughout the weekend. Our prizes over the weekend are being sponsored by BoardGameGuru. Link:­

This is a great opportunity to playtest your game with members of the public and get instant feedback. Drop me a line if you want to bring a game prototype. If you are available to help out on the Playtest stand, you could also get free entry to the event.


GameCamp 5 will be on Saturday 12th April at London South Bank University. This is a critically acclaimed 'unconference' and tickets sell-out fast. It provides a great forum to meet and discuss games with people from other gaming backgrounds.


Next Playtest Meetup:

Sunday 15th April at the Morpeth Arms, Westminster, London SW1P from 1pm-7pm.


Map Link:­

And finally:

In case you can't get your gaming fix; watch others get theirs.

Uber-geek Will Wheaton is hosting a new celebrity boardgame show called 'Tabletop'. The first episode features 'Small World'. Link­

Let me know your thoughts on this newsletter,­ or anything else that you are interested in. All feedback gratefully received.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Cheers, Rob

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