Playtest Series - 17 February 2024

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Join us for an exciting day of board game playtesting at Queen Mary University of London. Get ready to dive into the world of tabletop gaming and be among the first to try out brand new games before they hit the shelves. Come and provide valuable feedback to game developers and meet fellow enthusiasts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to shape the future of board games!

Location: Queen Mary University of London, Bancroft Building, Mile End Road, London, UK

Fee: The event is free to attend for those coming to play board games, or, for a small fee, you can bring your own game to playtest and book a playtesting slot (90 minutes each).

Keynote: Tom Lehmann

Tom Lehmann grew up overseas, where he didn’t have many games, so he began inventing his own. Since 1992, Tom has designed over 60 published games and expansions, including Race for the Galaxy, Res Arcana, 1846, and – with Matt Leacock – 3 Pandemic expansions. With a background in economics, programming, and technical writing, several of Tom’s card games leverage the concept of opportunity cost by giving players an alternative use for their cards.

Test for both Now and the Future

Testing is a vital part of game development, but it’s more than simply preparing a design for publication. By identifying extensible elements, game strategies, and items that don’t belong in a base game, testing can serve as a springboard for both further development and potential expansions. In this talk, Tom Lehmann will give an overview of game testing before delving into these areas


Time  Activity
10:00 - 11:00   Opening Keynote: Tom Lehmann
11:00 - 12:30   Playtest slot 1
12:30 - 13:00   Lunch
13:15 - 13:45   Tabletop R&D Talk
14:00 - 15:30   Playtest slot 2
15:30 - 17:00   Playtest slot 3
17:00 - 18:00   Panel: The Future of the Board Games Industry

Partner event: London Game AI Meetup (16 February)

The next Game AI meetup will take place in the evening of 16th of February 2024! Attendance is free, but we do have limited spaces - please update your RSVP if you can no longer make it, to allow others to take your place.

We will have a series of short talks (more detailed to be announced soon), followed by networking with pizza and drinks.