by Eric Kearney
You’ve created a game, now time have to mold it into something beautiful. How? Playtesting. Playtesting is where game math, rules and player interaction all come together in a blender. You have to filter that mixture to extract the key takeaways to improve the game. BARD Games is here to help do that.
Five Reminders When Playtesting Your Game
We’ve put together a list to help get playtester to test your game and help find those nuggets from the playtest. Enjoy!
1. Work On Your Pitch
You have to get players to...well, play! Without finished art or components the game may not have silent curb appeal, but it does have audio curb appeal...you! Pitching your game to players and buyers is key, so to get started think about how to explain it in under a minute.
2. Set the Expectation For Your Players
Helping players understand the current state of the game helps them offer appropriate feedback. If they understand the current state of the game and you’re testing objective then they’re in the right mindset to test.
3. Have Player References Handy
During the game players will have questions. Some of which can be solved with player references. Start with the Basics.
4. Capture Feedback
Lots of things happen during a playtest and it is all useful, so make sure to capture it.
5. Have a Retrospective With Your Players
Now that the playtest is over it's time to get some info from players.
Playtesting can be a rewarding experience. Remember to have fun and always look for those nuggets. You've found the diamond by making the game. Now it’s time to cut and polish it. Good luck with your game. I hope we get to see it soon!
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