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 (4+)See all
- London daytime testing at WaterlooNational Theatre, London
We playtest all sorts of games - strategic, silly, creative, or whatever. Some games are almost done. Some are very early ideas. We test anything that will fit into 90 minutes.
You don't need to bring a game - we always love to have new playtesters!
Please let us know in the comments when you plan to arrive/leave and whether you are bringing a game or not. This helps us to plan the day better.
The schedule is:
10am onwards - gathering, chatting
11am sharp - playing for 90 min ('slot 1')
12:30ish - break for food/chat
1pm sharp - playing for 90 min ('slot 2')
2:30ish - break for food/chat
3pm sharp - playing for 90 min ('slot 3')
4:30ish - finish up
Often, we might hang around afterwards, to play some already-published games.
We are strict on timings, so please try to arrive a few minutes before the session to limit disruption.
You can just come for part of the day if you wish. The reason we have fixed timings for the 3 'slots' is to make it easier for folk to do so.
Designers of all levels of experience are 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 you expect to test your own game, make sure stay for long enough to play other games. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to play one of your own games every third 90-minute session. So if you stay a whole day (3 sessions), you can expect to have one session to play your game(s).
Pre-covid, we were getting unmanageable. As a result, we may 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.
We have a whatsapp group:
We look forward to seeing you!
- Leeds playtest meetup - Travelling Man - SundayLS1 6DE, Leeds£4.00
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.
£4.00 entry fee for designers (to be paid at the till)
FREE for people who are just playtesting.
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.
We will be in the basement which can be reached via the back of the shop (ignore the staff only sign).
Updates will be posted on twitter: @Box_of_frogs_uk
You can bring your own food/snacks, although they can also be purchased in there.
- Falmouth Playtest groupThe Moth & The Moon, Falmouth
Everyone's invited to play at The Moth and the Moon in Falmouth, Cornwall. The event is completely free to attend!
Anybody and everybody is welcome! You don't need to be a seasoned designer - you don't even need to have a game. You just need a positive attitude and a willingness to help make these games better.
Thanks to the Moth and the Moon for letting us use a table! Please be respectful of the space.
Designers: Feel free to bring games that are in any stage of development. They don't need to be super-fancy and in fact it is better if they are quite rough - that makes it easier to make changes. Be aware that long games might not get played to completion - you might only need a couple of rounds to see where development needs to occur. Please make sure you also help test other games.
Players: Relax and play some games. Designers will likely ask you for feedback on them and will give direction on what specific kind of feedback they want. Be aware that games will likely be unbalanced, a bit wonky, but that helping make them better is half the fun.
- Plymouth Playtest MeetupNeutral Ground Plymouth, Plymouth
JOIN US for our new regular playtest event for unreleased boardgames...
Perhaps you have boardgame prototype, are a budding game designer, or would simply be up for playing some new unpublished games or sharing ideas and feedback? Well, this is the event for you!!
Never playtested a prototype game before? Don't worry - this will be a small and friendly event for all those interested in game design and boardgames.
Playtesting is the most important phase in game development and by taking part you will get a real behind-the-scenes taste of what goes into designing games for others to play. It's also a nice opportunity to meet others who are interested in or working on new projects.
Please come and bring your prototype(s) and we will be keen to test it, or just pop by to hello and to play some games. Everyone is welcome!
The Meetup runs once every four weeks, at the same venue as the regular weekly Monday Night Gaming at the Neutral Ground Gaming Club.
As the main group meets weekly if you want to have some additional playtesting on another Monday feel free to leave a message on here, or the main group page.
There is a £1 cover charge which allows the group to run events and purchase games for a board game library.