What we're about

We are a friendly group of board/card game designers and playtesters set up in London in 2009. We meet to play games and each other's design prototypes.

Everyone is welcome to join us and bring along their own designs or settle down to play and give their opinion. Ever designed a game and wanted to see how it plays? Enjoy playing games and being creative? Do you know what makes a game fun? Don't leave your game ideas sitting on the shelf gathering dust; show them off at the next Playtest meetup and get feedback direct from the players. We look forward to welcoming you at the next meetup!

We have regular playtesting meetups across the country in London, Cambridge, Newcastle, Brighton, Cardiff, Leeds, Enfield, Bath, Norwich, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Cornwall, Oxford, Dundee, Oxford, Southampton and SE London.

We host public playtesting at UK Games Expo, Dragonmeet, Essen, London Toy Fair and a few other events during the year. We also run game jams and designer/publisher speed dating events throughout the year.

Please see our listings for details of dates and times. There is a monthly group newsletter.

Upcoming events (5)

Virtual Playtesting - International group in UK hours

Online event

In the before time, we used to get together on a Monday night to test each other's games and give constructive feedback. As a substitute, there are a number of international groups who are getting together to so some virtual playtesting - using tools like Tabletop Simulator. There is one scheduled every Monday and Thursday evening. These events are not hosted by Playtest UK, but as they are in UK friendly times - starting at 6pm UK time. Feel free to follow the link below and sign up. Here's an overview of how to play: * Download Discord - either to your computer or phone. This is how people talk during testing * Buy a copy of Tabletop Simulator from Steam. It's about £7.50 and is often on sale. Unfortunately, there is no free option here. Once you buy it though, there are no ongoing costs. * Sign up on the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EkQrtoHZer-u3OiiYpXcFz5zxm8TP3JGB8VRMeBIxU8/edit#gid=[masked] This is very similar to how we run our Meetup events. The moderator will get people to give a pitch for their game and people will join the game they're most interested in. I stress again, this is not an official Playtest UK event, but it is a good substitute. More information is also here: https://virtualplaytesting.com/

Cardiff Playtest (Thursday Weekly)

The Lansdowne Pub

IMPORTANT: Please join our FaceBook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GameDesignersMeetup/) since that is where all discussion / organization takes place! What: Playtesting and feedback Where: The Lansdowne Pub, 71 Beda Road, Cardiff, CF5 1LX When: Thursdays from 7pm Welcome! We are a friendly group of game designers, who meet regularly to playtest our game prototypes. We share skills, offer support & encouragement, and give constructive feedback. If you have a game you'd like to test, or are interested in learning more about designing a game, you're welcome to join! What kinds of games? Our main focus is tabletop games: board games, card games and family games. But we are also interested in other kinds of games, such as story games, role playing games and real world games.

Virtual Playtesting - International group in UK hours

Online event

In the before time, we used to get together on a Monday night to test each other's games and give constructive feedback. As a substitute, there are a number of international groups who are getting together to so some virtual playtesting - using tools like Tabletop Simulator. There is one scheduled every Monday and Thursday evening. These events are not hosted by Playtest UK, but as they are in UK friendly times - starting at 6pm UK time. Feel free to follow the link below and sign up. Here's an overview of how to play: * Download Discord - either to your computer or phone. This is how people talk during testing * Buy a copy of Tabletop Simulator from Steam. It's about £7.50 and is often on sale. Unfortunately, there is no free option here. Once you buy it though, there are no ongoing costs. * Sign up on the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EkQrtoHZer-u3OiiYpXcFz5zxm8TP3JGB8VRMeBIxU8/edit#gid=[masked] This is very similar to how we run our Meetup events. The moderator will get people to give a pitch for their game and people will join the game they're most interested in. I stress again, this is not an official Playtest UK event, but it is a good substitute. More information is also here: https://virtualplaytesting.com/

Birmingham Playtest meetup

Chance & Counters - Board Game Café

Welcome to the Birmingham Playtest UK meetup, hosted at Chance & Counters in Birmingham city centre (or near enough!). We have a growing number of board game designers in the Birmingham area who need playtesters for their games. This event is for those designers to get together, along with playtesters, and gather feedback on their latest designs. Who is this event for? We welcome anyone to this event: If you're a game designer, bring your designs. If you're an experienced playtester, we really need your help to make our games even better. If you're not an experienced playtester, we welcome you to join us and learn how games are made. If you've never played a board game before, we have games that are easy to learn! What will happen at the event? Board game designers will bring along prototype games at various stages of development, from handwritten cards to games that look ready to buy. You'll be able to choose from a number of games to playtest. Usually, the designer will explain the game rather than ask you to read the rules but this depends on what stage the game is at. You'll either play the full game or a few rounds depending on what feedback the designer needs. You'll then be asked what you thought of the game in a short debrief session. The designer will then probably thank you for playing! When is this event? This meetup happens on the second Wednesday and last Tuesday of every month Where is this happening? Courtyard Studio 8 Scott House Custard Factory, Birmingham B9 4AA Is there an entry fee? The event is free for designers. Playtesters get a £50% discount on the normal entry fee of £5 and as long as you play one of our games your discount will be applied and can stay for the rest of the night any play published games from the library (as long as there's space, but there should be!). Anything else I need to know? Chance & Counters asks that people don't bring their own food to the site but they serve food on site. Chance & Counters is less than 10 minutes walk from New Street Station, and has street parking around the area which is free after 6 pm (but always check this yourself!) Who organises this event: I'm Simon Milburn and I'm the event host! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions on Meetup, or if you want a faster response, Facebook, or Twitter (@Simon_Milburn)

Past events (2,407)

Playtest UK Brighton

Dice Saloon

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