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Subject: The Seafall Playtester Experience (non-gameplay related) rss

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Jaime B
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Hey everyone!

Before Seafall's release, I wanted to make a journal entry about what it was like to playtest Seafall for 2 and a half years. It ended up turning into an article so I posted it on my personal website here: http://boardgamefightclub.com/articles/The-Seafall-Playteste...

I ran this by Rob Daviau and he approved it without any edits, so it's now yours to read!

-Jaime
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That was great! Thanks for writing that up and sharing with everyone.
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You're welcome! Glad you liked it.
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Interesting read!
 
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I've heard Rob talk on podcasts about the reason the prologue and first game have restrictions on player vs player interactions being because of playtest groups losing sight of the objectives in the first game and turning it into a bloody brawl, necessitating the change.

Now we know who is to blame.
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My question is how did you manage to grow an invite only gaming group to 30, but perhaps that's best suited for another forum…
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Chanfan wrote:
My question is how did you manage to grow an invite only gaming group to 30


By inviting 29 people, I would think.
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KoalaXav wrote:
I've heard Rob talk on podcasts about the reason the prologue and first game have restrictions on player vs player interactions being because of playtest groups losing sight of the objectives in the first game and turning it into a bloody brawl, necessitating the change.

Now we know who is to blame.


I'll leave the question of "is our specific group being referenced when Rob talks about groups turning Seafall into a bloodbath" for him to answer. Right now I can neither confirm nor deny.

-Jaime
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Jaime B
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DaviddesJ wrote:
Chanfan wrote:
My question is how did you manage to grow an invite only gaming group to 30


By inviting 29 people, I would think.


Hah - I wish it was that easy.

Some very quick things about how the group started:

1. In 2008 I invited 8 people who were cool and liked board games to a board game playing event at my apartment. And then a huge blizzard happened the day of and no one showed up.

When I rescheduled, 6 people made it. We played on the carpet in my apartment because I literally didn't have enough chairs for all 7 of us. The first game we ever played was Bohnanza.

2. I hosted it on a Saturday afternoon and we had pizza delivered for dinner.

3. I told people that if they had a good time, they should invite 1-2 people for the next event, but no more. I would also do the same.

4. Consistency was key. Every 1.5 months, everyone in the group knew to expect another gathering at my apartment, and I gave them 2-3 weeks notice.

After 2 years, the group was consistently growing very slowly but it kept growing and that was the important part.

Happy to dive into this part of it more, but the key was literally to just start somewhere.
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I have built gaming groups through similar means, and I think this method is fantastic. Some people will doubtless say that they don't know any other, or enough other, modern boardgame enthusiasts. In that case, just invite cool, fun people and play games that are more casual and easy to grasp. They may quickly become enthusiasts.

Some suggestions for games anyone can learn and enjoy the first evening:

Codenames
Ticket To Ride
Sheriff of Nottingham
Secret Hitler (or other social deduction game)
Revolution!
Camel Up

Ultimately you want your email list to grow until you can't accommodate any more players. I've done this for boardgames and for Magic drafts, and it works very well.

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A secret boardgaming group in New England.

Patriot fans and their secrets.....
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