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.

Upcoming events (4+)

Leeds playtest meetup - Geek Retreat

LS1 6DX

Playtesters and designers are welcome to come along and help create the next generation of great tabletop games. Even if you haven't playtested/designed before you're more than welcome to come and have a look at what's going on and join in if you want to. First time designers - don't worry! Bring along your prototype in whatever state it's in and get feedback on how to take it forward.

Designers, board/card game enthusiasts - all welcome.

Please let us know if you're coming along by responding to this meetup and if bringing a prototype then mention it below.

Designers are expected to play other people's prototypes and give feedback as well as showcasing their own designs. We will all be looking to help each other out.

***Other Details***

Updates will be posted on twitter: @Box_of_frogs_uk

We will be on a reserved table with a Playtest Uk sign. There is no entry fee but because this is a cafe all participants will be expected to purchase drinks and/or food. Please do not bring your own.

Reading Playtest group (POSTPONED UNTIL WE CAN MEET IN PERSON AGAIN)

Eclectic Games, 5 Union Street

Welcome to the Reading Playtest meetup!

This meetup will take place every first and 3rd Monday of the month.

Both playtesters and designers are welcome to come along to help eachother you don't need to have designed a game. First time designers - don't worry! Bring along your prototype in whatever state it's in and get feedback on how to take it forward.

Please let us know if you're coming along by responding to this meetup and if bringing a prototype then mention it below.

This is a group that works together to help eachother, if you bring a game please stay to play someone else's in order to give back to the group!

***Other Details***

Eclectic Games has open board gaming on a Monday evening, we will have an area with reserved tables at one end of the big room upstairs (towards the front of the shops) that will be dedicated to setting up and playing prototypes.

***Entry Fee***

Eclectic Games charge a £3 entry for use of the open board games area upstairs, however, if it your first time to the shop just say so at the till and your first evening will be free.

You can bring in food (non smelly) but all drinks must be purchased from the vending machine (most are £1), you are of course welcome to bring tap water in a flask.

Bournemouth playtesting meetup

Geek Retreat Bournemouth

This event is a small gathering in Bournemouth city centre. We have one fairly large game on the agenda and we will discuss starting regular monthly playtesting meetings. All welcome!

The venue's fair use policy allows use of the gaming table for free but they request that, as a group, we purchase an item of food or drink for every hour of use. This has proved manageable for two people in the past.

Newcastle Playtest meetup POSTPONED due to COVID

The Bridge Hotel

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 Newcastle Playtest meetup and get feedback direct from other designers and playtesters.

We are a friendly group of board/card game designers and playtesters who meet 18:30-21:30 on the first Tuesday of the month at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne (NE1 1RQ right next to the castle keep).

Everyone is welcome to join us and either bring along their own designs or settle down to play ours and give feedback and ideas for improvement. We look forward to welcoming you at the meetup!

Past events (2,888)

Cardiff Playtest (Thursday Weekly)

The Lansdowne Pub

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