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Eric Etkin
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Can anyone suggest a cheap and EASY way to set up a private forum for my playtesters? I was using Forumer, but I'm running into issues, and the posts are still public, regardless, so even if I get it working it's not an optimal situation.

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Drew Dallas
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You could download some of the free forum software and setup your own forum.
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Marleen O
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A Yahoo group may be a solution, see http://groups.yahoo.com/ . You can set whether it is a private forum or not, and if it is private (members are invited and/or you have to approve them) the posts are not visible to outsiders. The front page may be visible, however, so don't put any sensitive data there.
And it is free, I guess that is cheap enough. I don't know how easy it is, I haven't created a group myself.
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You can always try google+ it allows you to create groups with in your circles and host video chats etc...
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The Board Game Designers Guild of Utah (BGDG) use yahoo groups to work most of its work from files to calendar dates of meetings. A few qualms with it, but they are personal only.
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Matt Riddle
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you have playtesters? where did you get em?
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riddlen wrote:
you have playtesters? where did you get em?


This!!!
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Eric Etkin
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Why the Playtester store, of course!


Actually, most of them came from this:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/724282/revision-playtesters-...

I was also fortunate enough to grab recruits from those kind enough to take a chance on a new designer and purchase V1. So I have a nice little mix of those familiar with the first incarnation of the game, as well as those completely unfamiliar with it.
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Google+ seems like a good option. It has a lot of features that would be perfect for recording sessions, and keeps the privacy you want.
 
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Well, I was able to solve the problem by going with one of those online free forum packages. I figure the privacy thing probably isn't as big a deal since it's not like I'll get a lot of people showing up at a non-publicized address.


PS: Nate, check your geekmail.
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Google+ is a good way to go.
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MOTHDevil wrote:

Well, I was able to solve the problem by going with one of those online free forum packages. I figure the privacy thing probably isn't as big a deal since it's not like I'll get a lot of people showing up at a non-publicized address.


PS: Nate, check your geekmail.


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