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Developers: Educational Games Playtesting with Playtest UK

Due to the positive response, the #LEGup playtesting event for games developers and playtesters will go-ahead on the Wednesday 3rd July. This will be a chance to get some focused and high-quality feedback on your digital or analogue game projects, from fellow developers and #LEGup members.

In order to encompass the two types of attendees, two meetups have been created for this Educational Games Testing event; this one for the 10 developers, who are bringing a project to be playtested and another for the 10 playtesters. The total number of attendees for this first trial event will be strictly limited to only 20 spaces.

This is the DEVELOPERS meetup for the event, providing the opportunity to RSVP for one of the 10 developer places. (A £15 sign-up fee payable via PayPal is also required). Please bring a version of your project that can be reviewed by the playtesters, i.e. you will need to provide any device that your game requires. There will be Wi-Fi at the venue, however it can be unreliable. If your project relies purely on Wi-Fi, it may be worth re-thinking your participation at this time.

Each developer will be given 2 x 30 mins playtesting rounds to show their project to a group of playtesters and get feedback and comments on how their game can be further developed. The event will last approximately 2 hours 30 mins with small intervals. There will also be time for you to continue the discussion into the social parts of the evening.

Developers are encouraged to use the event creatively and according to their needs. You can choose to watch and take notes while others play, ask questions or participate in the playtesting yourself. If you need advice on how to approach the testing, please email Rob Harris ([masked]).

As spaces will be strictly limited to 10 developers, please consider your attendance carefully before you RSVP for this event.

 

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  • Jess H.

    Hey Rob - I thought it was a great first event. I was more than happy to playtest other games and I think it makes the vibe nice and balanced. :)

    1 · July 5, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Thanks for your message, Jess. I'm looking forward to seeing the event grow. Details of the next playtesting session will be posted shortly.

      July 5, 2013

  • Matt W.

    Thanks Rob, Kirsten and the testers - that was an extremely useful evening. We picked up a lot of practical info on our Cybersafe app, and I had a lot of food for thought on my personal app Frosby Picnic! It's amazing how differently people interact with touch devices, and I learned that the colour of your game graphics can have different connotations. Therefore testing is always essential! In some comments below, it seems that some devs would rather not also be testers. I think we should be given the option because having developers test my apps gave me useful insight - due to their knowledge of UX and the app market. I would also like to be a tester next time, as I'm sure I'd learn just as much. Cheers, Matt (Frosby Apps)

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Thank you for your comments, Matt. Definitely something to think about for future events. Great to hear that the feedback was useful.

      July 4, 2013

  • Mahesh R.

    Thanks very much everyone for the extremely useful feedback that we received last night! Looking forward to attending more Playtesting sessions in the future as both developer and tester. Thanks Rob & Kirsten for organising this.

    A couple of suggestions:
    - Not sure if its a good idea for the developers to be testers as well. Its good if everyone is focussed on their roles, and also it might be awkward sometimes to give feedback to and receive feedback from the same person.
    - Better wi-fi if possible
    - Some handy pitchers of water and cups

    Cheers!

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Thank you for your suggestions, Mahesh. They are invaluable in helping the event evolve and improve.

      July 4, 2013

  • Paul B W.

    I enjoyed the meetup, but as a developer with a project on show, I was not expecting to test other apps.

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Thanks for your comments, Paul. This was to ensure that all projects were given feedback by developers as well, but we will review this for the future.

      July 4, 2013

  • Julia B.

    Speaking as a developer I found the playtester's feedback of our Cyberspace beta incredibly helpful. We will definitely use their ideas to improve the app. Thanks everyone and to Rob and Kirsten for organising it.

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Thanks for your feedback, Julia.

      July 4, 2013

  • Xavier L.

    Hi,
    Sorry we can't make it anymore this evening and have to leave our spot open (our app is still in debug mode and not ready for testing). Next time for sure though.
    Cheers,
    Xavier

    July 3, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Look forward to seeing you at the next one. Cheers, Rob

      July 3, 2013

  • Mahesh R.

    Just checking if I can bring along a colleague (or two!) tonight. Thanks!

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Hi Mahesh. It is fine to bring along a couple of colleagues to help with your playtest. Please could you send me a message via Meetup.com with their names, so that I can add them to the list. Cheers, Rob

      July 3, 2013

  • Harvey

    H I have a confirmed spot as a tester for tomorrow. I want to present games I that I'm developing as well. There seems to be an error when I try registering for the DEV spots...please can you help.

    Thanks,

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Kirsten C.

      Hi Harvey. What's happening when you try to register? If the problem continues you can pay the £15 on the door and we will reserve a spot for you. Kirsten

      July 2, 2013

    • Rob H.

      Hi Harvey. If you would like to register for a DEV spot on this meetup for the event, please could you release your spot on the PLAYTESTER meetup, so that another on the waiting list can take a place. DEVS can present games; PLAYTESTERS will not have the opportunity to present. Please feel free to send me an email via Meetup.com if you have any problems. Best wishes, Rob

      July 2, 2013

  • Rob H.

    Hello, I will be the host for this event. Please feel free to post any questions you may have.

    June 21, 2013

  • Julia B.

    Excite-ed are bringing Cybersafe beta game app to test.

    1 · June 20, 2013

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