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Timothy Goddard
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My wife and I are in the process of building a game, The National Parks Game, that we believe has solid classroom potential, particularly for middle school science and interdisciplinary units. We need playtesters, and we've got some prototypes to give away. You can see a bit more about the game at its new BGG page, and if you'd like to potentially land one of the games, visit: http://eepurl.com/jcDkD
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Wayne Moulton Jr.
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Form filled out. Looking forward to the chance to help out.
 
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Also signed up. I have a games club, but it's games set in antiquity. But I still could get my advisory group or some students in my neighbor's science class to try it.
 
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Cards look nice, love the theme. I'm a middle school science teacher hoping for a demo copy!
 
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Looks like a great idea!

(Had to chuckle about the "Bison Herd" card, 'cause I first read it at "Bison Hero." )
 
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robigo wrote:
Looks like a great idea!

(Had to chuckle about the "Bison Herd" card, 'cause I first read it at "Bison Hero." )


Man, I kind of want to play that game.
 
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Re: Seeking playtesters with an educational bent (get a free game!)
This looks excellent, I'm in. Although I am kind of hoping that you will ship to the UK and that it is not US only. I work in a boys senior school where I spend one afternoon a week playing games. I teach Biology, amongst other things, and my degree is Environmental Chemistry. We also have a vibrant Geography department who may be interested in a resource like this.

Cheers, Roj

 
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living 20 minutes from the most visited park int he nation I am interested to see what this is about.
 
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Jeremy Brown
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I just signed up as well. I am a social worker in a day treatment school for elementary through high school. I use games every day with students, including in a weekly game lab that I run to teach executive functioning skills. So, I am definitely interested to see more of this game and put it to the test with this population.
 
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The form says that you will definitely be sending one person who signs up a prototype of the game. Is this a random drawing?
 
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Jeff Kelsheimer
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I have a degree in Conservation Law Enforcement, my wife has a teaching degree in science/math. We both love to play games. This game sounds like a win/win to me.

Form filled out, and thanks!
 
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Timothy Goddard
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Grondhammar wrote:
The form says that you will definitely be sending one person who signs up a prototype of the game. Is this a random drawing?


That's what I'm going to do at first, but I've gotten such great response that I'm planning to order another few prototypes shortly and I'll probably take "applications" for at one or two of them, and then maybe do another random drawing.

Thanks very much to everyone who has signed up.
 
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I received your email regarding difficulties in choosing who to playtest. Based on my experience, unless you're in the early development stage, you want as many playtesters as possible. One of the conceits of amateur game designers, myself included, is believing your design is ready after a bit of home/game group testing. What may be fun and simple to you may be boring or confusing to others. Playtesting isn't a rubber stamp to validate your game design skills; it's an iterative process where feedback is incorporated to hone your design.

Since you probably can't afford to send everyone interested in a prototype, make print-and-play files available for people to make their own. I've playtested a number of games this way; the companies partly do it because they can't afford to send everyone a copy, but also because only people really interested in playtesting will actually spend the time/money to make a copy. A lot of people, sadly, sign up to playtest with no serious intention to do so. They want to look at the rules or see what the game is about or never get around to it because their group would rather do something else.

Also, you'll probably get better feedback from someone who's done playtesting and/or game development and, since it's an educational game, who also has experience in your target audience. Really, you want lots of people who will be very critical of your design (and through accepting and rejecting the criticism, create a better game), not someone who only says "it was fun" just to receive a free copy. Bottom line, if you are really interested in playtesting, don't send the prototype to a random person. Go through the applications. Everyone else can take a look at print-and-play files.
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fusag wrote:
make print-and-play files available for people to make their own.


Snipped the rest, but I absolutely agree. I know a crapload of gaming teachers who would gladly playtest this with me, and I would be more than happy to give this my time and energy. Part of my mission statement is to promote education through play, so this is right up my alley.

If you provided me with some files, I would happily make my own set at no cost to you and playtest with my teacher friends and kids of friends. They don't even have to be the actual cards and art, just the rules and all the relevant information so I can slap something together to test out what matters.

But James has it right. I also suggest either giving some copies to local schools and libraries or setting up game nights to play with your intended age group. You want this thing played over and over by a lot of different people so you can get as much information as possible.

Just looking at the pictures on the game page, I really like it. It's obvious to me you've put thought and effort into it and I'm interested to see the rules to see how it plays.

Good luck with it. Hopefully I can help.
 
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All good advice. Print and play is already part of the plan (http://boardgamegeek.com/article/8594660). I've also already got targeted playtesters lined up for this first round of testing, in addition to the not-so-targeted tester.
 
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