What we're about

**Please note there will be no meetups in restaurants or pubs until May 17th 2021 at the earliest as this the date set for venues to re-open. There is virtual playtesting happening weekly at the moment.**

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.

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Birmingham Playtest meetup

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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?
Chance & Counters
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!).

What restrictions do you have in place for Covid?
Masks: Optional
Lateral Flow Test: Highly recommended
Covid Pass (either through vaccination or through LFT): mandatory to engage with the Playtest UK group (show Simon upon arrival)
The above are restrictions to engage with our group, which are in addition to Chance & Counters measures.
For more info on how Chance & Counters are managing the risks of Covid, see here: https://www.chanceandcounters.com/2020/07/covid-19-and-chance-counters/

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 a 10 minute 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). I've been working full time in the board game industry for 3 years now and I run Dranda Games with Ayden Lowther.

Playtest UK Brighton

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Playtest board games. Bring a prototype and we will be able to test it. Or come by just to meet people interested on game design and test new ideas ... :-)

London daytime testing at Waterloo

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We playtest games and chat from 10ish until 4:30ish.

We playtest all sorts of games - some are strategic, some are silly, some are creative. Some games are almost done. Some are very early ideas.

You can test anything that will fit into 90 minutes. We normally do 'analogue' tabletop games, but tech-based games are OK as long as you can bring the tech.

If you can, let us know when you plan to arrive/leave so that we can better plan out the games.

Newcomers are very welcome! But if it's your first time, we ask that you don't bring a game and just spend some time learning how the group works.

The group works based on reciprocation. If 5 people play your game for 90 minutes, then we hope you will play other people's games for 7.5 hrs. If one other person plays your game for 90 minutes, then obviously that is less of a strain on the group. But the games also have to fit into the plan of the day.

Pre-covid, we were getting unmanageable. As a result, we have to limit attendees. This is a free-to-use venue, and we have to be mindful that other folk want to use the same space.

The plan is:

10am onwards - gathering, chatting
11am sharp - playing for 90 min
12:30 - break for food/chat
1pm sharp - playing for 90 min
2:30 - break for food/chat
3pm sharp - playing for 90 min
4:30 - finish up

Bristol Playtest Meetup

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Open to both designers and playtesters alike, we hold a monthly playtest group on Tuesday nights at Chance & Counters, Bristol's first board game café.

Timing: Arrive from 6:00pm, 6:30-7:00pm Start, 11pm Close
Pricing: £2.50 for non-members, FREE for all members

(Note: A standard annual membership is £25, which also means you pay at a reduced rate when playing games in the café—£2.50 instead of £5—and includes 1 FREE cover charge.)

Please RSVP if you have any interest in attending, especially if you have a design you would like playtested.

Past events (3,093)

Plymouth Playtest Meetup

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