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Subject: After a prototype is published, do you log the games? rss

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Jon Vallerand
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So whenever I playtest, either my design or my group's, I log it under "Unpublished Prototype". But as one member of my group just recently signed one of their designs to a publisher, I'm starting to wonder whether I should switch these plays over to plays of the game itself (when it will have an entry), at least those of the later versions.

Thoughts?
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For what matters, you definitely should. I never did, but just because I'm lazy.

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JVallerand wrote:
So whenever I playtest, either my design or my group's, I log it under "Unpublished Prototype". But as one member of my group just recently signed one of their designs to a publisher, I'm starting to wonder whether I should switch these plays over to plays of the game itself (when it will have an entry), at least those of the later versions.

Thoughts?


For me, it would depend on how closely the finished game is to the version you tested. If it is very different, than I would leave your plays under unpublished prototype since those plays didn't resemble the final product. If the finished game and the version you played were similar, than I would change them.
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John
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I probably would intend to do it, if & how soon I'd get round to it is another matter.
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Eddy Sterckx
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Prototype plays get logged under "unpublished prototype", but as soon as the game gets into the BGG database, I convert those to plays of the correct entry.

I log plays as memory triggers for 5 years from now, if I'm not precise, what's the point of logging.
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zabdiel wrote:
I probably would intend to do it, if & how soon I'd get round to it is another matter.


Yeah, I wish it was possible to edit which game a play is for. It doesn't come up much, but when it does I want this capability a lot.
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In my own experience with design, I find it difficult to easily log prototype plays all in one sum since game design is so iterative.

So what I did, once I started logging, was keep track by major version of the prototype game in Evernote.

For example:
Version 10: 27 plays
Version 11: 35 plays
Version 12: 91 plays
...and so on

Then, if I publicly logged my plays, I'd only take plays logged for the finished/near finished version of the game and log them. Everything else is almost a different game.
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grasa_total wrote:
zabdiel wrote:
I probably would intend to do it, if & how soon I'd get round to it is another matter.


Yeah, I wish it was possible to edit which game a play is for. It doesn't come up much, but when it does I want this capability a lot.

Yeah, the inability to edit which game a logged play is for is very annoying in general, and in particular it is a major reason I don't update "prototype" logged plays to "specific game" logged plays.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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I like to wait for finished products that way I know not to expect many changes.
 
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