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Playtest UK Games Meetup Group Message Board › Playtest Newsletter #4 (September 2012)

Playtest Newsletter #4 (September 2012)

Rob H.
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Group Organizer
Surbiton, GB
Dear Playtester,

After a break for the summer, here is the September edition of the Playtest newsletter, with some general items of interest to members of the group.


*First of all, congratulations to Playtest members, Matt Dunstan and Brett Gilbert for reaching the final round of selection for the Europa Ludi Prize 2012. The winners will be announced on the weekend of 22nd/23rd September. So finger crossed!

Matt’s game is called ‘Wandering Monk’ and Brett’s design goes by the name of ‘The Gnomes of Hawthorn Hall’. Both prototypes were tested at Playtest meetups.

According to the website, the judges will include Vin Diesel, the film star (?!). So here’s hoping for some future cube-buster movie tie-ins.


*Belated congratulations to Playtest member, Andrew Rowse for successfully funding his card game, ‘Zombies at your Heels’ through He managed to achieve more than double his initial target goal and in the process raise over $1,000 for Special Effect, a charity that helps all young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games.

Link on BGG:­

Link at Indiegogo:­

Link for Special Effect charity:­

*Playtest member, Adam Taylor has launched a website called Print and Roll Games to offer some of his dice games to a wider audience. The designs available to download include, ‘Siegecraft’, a 2-player asymmetric combat game, which was playtested at the club earlier this year.


*Playtest has joined! In order to raise the profile of the Playtest group on BGG there is now a Playtest Meetup guild. You can join now!


*Playtest has been growing steadily since we started in 2010. As of today we have 90 members on, but this could be just the start. For the group to grow further I’m going to need some extra help and ideas from fellow members. This could mean something like helping out on our BGG, Facebook or Meetup pages or similar. If you would be interested in getting involved as a co-organiser or if you have any suggestions for the group then please send an email to rob'at'[/url]

Things to put in the Diary:

Hippodice 2013 Game Design Prize is one of the biggest annual competitions for unpublished game designs and prototypes. The 2012 main award was won by Playtest member, Brett Gilbert with his design ‘Brethren of the Coast’, which was playtested at the club. The deadline for competition entries is 1st November 2012.


Dragonmeet 2012, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX.

We will be running the Playtest Zone at 'London’s foremost roleplaying and collectable card gaming convention' on Saturday 1st December 2012.

This is another great opportunity to playtest your games 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.


Next Playtest Meetup:

Sunday 16th September at the Morpeth Arms, Westminster, London SW1P from 1pm-7pm.


And finally:

For all of us that remember designing board games from a young age by scrawling incomprehensible maps on scruffy pieces of paper, here is the most excruciatingly difficult game ever: Deadly Danger Dungeon.

Link:­ (Warning: NSFW-swearing)

Link to java version:­

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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