....if you are not already there that is.
So, thought I'd throw this poke out to everyone out there who's interested in boardgame development. Go to Denmark! Not only because boardgame development seems to be blooming there lately, or because it might be an interesting trip in itself, but also because it has this...
Fastaval is one of Denmarks biggest conventions for roleplay (mostly tabletop/freeform roleplaying), boardgames, cardgames and just generally getting inspired and taking a dive into creativity. The 27 year old con draws around 600 people every year in Easter (this year from 27 to 31 March till) - and not only Danes. All the roleplaying games played there are made especially for the con by dedicated writers (who are also themselves participants) and clustered in game modules, so a single scenario can be played by up to 20-25 different gamegroups.
O...kay, but what has this got to do with boardgame design?
There has always been people playing boardgames at the con (both casual, and in the modules), but untill last year, regular boardgame designs were omitted from the official program. It was all "published games". Well, not anymore.
Now you can send in your gamedesign idea, and if it's got the juice, it might end up in the programme for lots of people to enjoy (last year we recieved 30+ different boardgame-synopses, of which 10 ended up at the con itself). You still have to actually MAKE the game (including 6-10'ish copies) of course
Two words: Peer-recognition and actual playtime from real live players who might very well just love your game. This is not about getting your games published. This is about getting them PLAYED - and at the same time giving you live feedback for future game ideas (and yes, you can also win a "golden penguin" statuette if your game is selected as best of the bunch).
If you're in for the challenge then read more here -> http://www.fastaval.dk/fastaval-board-games-synopsis-deadlin...
...and spread the link if you know someone who lives in the the vicinity (wants to go to Denmark) who might be interested.
Feel free to geekmail me or post here if you have some questions or feedback
ps. For an American view on the convention as a whole, check out Lizzie Starks words on the con (though she is mostly focused on the roleplay aspects, I assure you that a lot of boardgaming - both playing and development - is also going on): http://lizziestark.com/2012/04/18/fastavaling/ or comments from non-Danish participants here: http://www.fastaval.dk/why-go-to-fastaval/?lang=en
pps. For more on the roleplay part of it, read more here: http://www.fastaval.dk/call-for-scenarios-for-fastaval-2013/..., or check up on the history here: http://www.fastaval.dk/the-best-one-shots-in-the-world-the-d...