Richard interviews Juliana Patel and Ariel Rubin who created the extremely successful Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment that is now being published by Mattel. He learns all their secrets from their 2,000+ backer debut campaign! Some specific topics:
- Partnering with Mattel
- Escape room game opportunities
- Replaying escape room games
- Playtesting an escape room game
- Creating the puzzles
- Lessons learned from the Kickstarter campaign
- Finding your audience
Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP064.mp3
Here are our top 7 ways to improve your playtest feedback quality. If you want a spoiler, here’s the list!
- Ask negative leading questions. Trash/talk down your own game.
- Stay focused and interested in every word play testers say. Don’t defend anything. Don’t break their flow.
- Focus on problems and steer away from solutions.
- Ask about feelings.
- Explain what type of feedback you’re looking to get.
- Record audio.
- Get anonymous feedback at least once and late in the process.
Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP055.mp3
Today we have Jeremy and Brian’s top 10 ways to build your network within the board game industry:
J10 – Participate in contests.
J9 – Be easy to find on social media.
J8 – Place encouragement above criticism.
J7 – Do your homework to avoid wasting publishers’ time.
J6 – Observe Publisher Speed Date.
J5 – Go to Protospiel and Unpub events.
J4 – Attend cons where industry experts have time to talk.
J3 – Don’t view community as a vending machine.
J2 – Offer service or resource to the community.
J1 – Play other designer games.
B10 – Volunteer at con booths.
B9 – Run local events.
B8 – Playtest other people’s games.
B7 – Comment on blogs and YouTube videos.
B6 – Create content.
B5 – Be active on social media.
B4 – Go to bigger cons to meet elites.
B3 – Go to smaller cons for local community.
B2 – Find your local game nights.
B1 – Help others in the industry.
How should you use print-and-plays as a designer, publisher, or indie creator? We discuss some options!
- Early Feedback
- Limited or Full Version?
- What do players use them for?
- Shopping Ahead
- Evaluating Gameplay
- Evaluating Art
- Why a P&P isn’t giving the game away.
- Other components
- PnPs at Cons
Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP042.mp3
Join us for a discussion on the tools you need to host your own game design convention, such as:
- Start small
- Monthly meet-ups
- Prototype night
- Mom & Pop Restaurant
- Game Store
- Getting Published Designers
- Travel and Experience
- Supporting and Nurturing Designers
- Getting Playtesters
- Publishers at Conventions
- First-time Designers at Conventions
- Untested Games at Conventions
Audio Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP041.mp3
We sprinkle in these game balancing topics, among others, into our discussion:
- Easy to Balance Games
- Hard to Balance Games
- How many playtests?
- How to Make Adjustments
- Cutting to Balance
- Balancing and Adding
- Types of Players
- Length of Game
- Keeping Scores Close
Audio Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP039.mp3
In this episode, Richard asks Jeremy and Brian to explain how to get players to playtest a game, specifically:
- How to host a playtest
- How to blind playtest
- How to remote blind playtest
- How to track playtest feedback