Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Plymouth meetup group added to Playtest UK

We have added another playtesting group to Meetup.com:

The Plymouth Playtest meetup group is run by David Manley and their next meetup is on Tuesday 11th December at The Marina Bar, Plymouth, PL4 0DN.

We now have regular meetups at 20 locations around the country:
London, Newcastle, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Oxford, Reading, Norwich, Enfield, Bath, Redruth, Dundee, Croydon, Southampton and Plymouth, where designers and playtesters can meet up to play games and give each other feedback.

You can find details of the meetups here: www.meetup.com/Playtest

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Playtest UK @ Dragonmeet 2017

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Playtest UK will be returning to Dragonmeet for the 8th year to run the Playtest Zone. Check out the www.dragonmeet.co.uk website for more details.
This year Dragonmeet will double in size and take over both floors at the Novotel Hammersmith, London W6 8DR. We will be playtesting from 10am until 6pm. 

This will be a public playtesting event for card games, board games, digital game prototypes. If you are a games designer, this is a perfect opportunity to play your game with the great gaming public and receive more feedback in a day than you usually would in a month.

There will be a prize draw for playtesters that sit down to play a prototype.

If you would like to bring along a game design to be playtested please RSVP to the meetup page: 
then, register your game beforehand using the website contact form:
then, book your time slot here:
If you are interested in volunteering to help out at the Playtest Zone, you can register here for a free ticket: https://goo.gl/forms/3zuqQQCL6KFmIRcf1

Adult Tickets can be bought from the website for about £10 each (or they are £12 on the door).
Under 16's  tickets are free with an adult.
Transport: I would advise against driving as parking in this area of London is very expensive, but the venue is a short walk from Hammersmith and Baron's Court rail & tube stations, which are on the District & Piccadilly lines.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Playtest UK @ UK Games Expo 2018

We are looking forward to running several events at UKGE2018 like the Playtest Zone, networking night and Designer-Publisher speed dating.

Please note that registration for these events will not open until January 2018. Please keep an eye on our website for more details.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Playtest UK @ UKGE2017 prize draw

All playtesters at the Playtest Zone at the UK Games Expo 2017 were entered into a prize draw, kindly sponsored by BoardGameGuru, the online boardgame shop.

The prize was a copy of the board game, Olympus and the lucky winner was Nakita Gilbert.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Playtest UK @ UKGE 2017 Debrief

Thank you to all the playtesters and designers that came to the Playtest Zone during Expo and helped to make it such a great event.

We had 112 different designers showing their prototypes over the three days and we managed to raise £719.18 for the Samaritans charity.

Special thanks to the Playtest Zone team of Brett Gilbert, Matt Dunstan, Jen Freeman, Rob Harper, John Brieger, Nuria Casellas, Craig Petersen, Richard Willis, Tom Coldron, Lawrence Davies, Andy Yiangou, Mike Ibeji, Greg Szulgit and many others for volunteering their time to make this such a great event.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

FoxMind looking for board game pitches - deadline tomorrow!

Russ from Draughts Board Game Cafe has just let me know that Foxmind, a North American Board Games Company will be visiting their board games cafe in London on Thursday June 1st.

They are inviting local board game designers to submit a sales sheet to submissions@foxmind.com in order to be considered. Unfortunately the deadline is tomorrow 29th May, so you will have to be quick.

Below is direct from their press release:


FoxMind is a family friendly board game company who publishes multiple types of board games, toys and logic puzzles. We are constantly searching for new game concepts of the following types:

- Light strategy games (45 minutes) - Party and dexterity games - Puzzle solving games - Kid games - Quick and portable mini-games.


Please include the following elements in your email:

- A short summary of your game concept - Game rules in PDF or DOC format - Pictures or video file.
Sharing with us your game design experience and what lead you to design the submitted game is a great way for us to know you better. Any information we have helps us decide which games are on our list of potential releases.


We will provide quick feedback to selected designers to schedule a meeting. Other designers will receive a response within the Month of June.
If you have any questions regarding game submissions, please write to us at submissions@foxmind.com.

Friday, 19 May 2017

90 mins playtesting session available to book.

The 90 mins playtesting session at the Playtest zone at the UK Games Expo are now available to book on a first-come-first-served.

Beforehand, you will need to register your game and details here: https://goo.gl/forms/j1wKCzx3X5h6PUQD2

Then you can book a 90 mins session here: http://doodle.com/poll/bewbqekk9etx5r2z

A daily record of the bookings will be kept on an online google document here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xLnHepn0ku7SuxWvJmWXZS8QkQHmy8z2VvYn22EwObs/edit?usp=sharing

Look forward to seeing you at Expo.