A few months ago, we ran our first Guild Ball Playtest event in our newly refurbished event space, The Game Forge. The folks lucky enough to attend got to play with the Exiles and Pride before anyone else, as well as provide some great feedback to our development team which helped to add the finishing touches to these models. We’re so happy with how this playtest event went that we’ve decided to run another one! This time we have space for even more attendees and we’ll be testing something that EVERYONE will want to play with, the playtest rules and player changes that are coming later this year as a part of Season 4, “oooooohhh!!”
So, what is a Playtest Event Again?
A Playtest Event is a single day experience which takes place at The Game Forge. You’ll get to meet members of the Steamforged Games development team and see some secret new rules, models, or both! The rest of the day will be spent playing games with the secret new rules or models and discussing your findings with our development team. We can then use your feedback to help us finish development! This is your chance to get on the inside of Steamforged Games development and see for yourself what it’s like to play with unreleased rules or models.
At our first playtest event attendees were able to play three games during the day, playing both with and against numerous brand-new models, as well as discussing their findings with members of our development team. This relaxed atmosphere went down very well with everyone, playtest events are a fantastic experience for any type of gamer whether you have experience of Guild Ball events or not.
Awesome! When Is It?
Our next Guild Ball playtest event will take place at The Game Forge on Saturday 30th of June. For those who haven’t visited The Game Forge before, you can find us here:
The Game Forge
Unit 1 Kestrel Road
Guild Ball Playtest Events start at 9am (ideally try to be there for 8.30am to sign in) and conclude at approximately 6pm. Attendees should expect to be able to play at least three games during the day with all playtesting materials being provided for you. However, it is a good idea to bring your own gaming models, measuring tools, tokens, and anything else you usually use during games of Guild Ball.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and snacks will be available throughout the day. A free lunch is included in the price of your ticket, so please make sure to let us know about any special dietary requirements. Additionally, our onsite store will be open for the duration of the day in case you feel like picking up any of our latest releases!
What Do We Get to Playtest?
Quite a lot actually! We spent some time considering what elements that we would like to be tested and when. The first thing we decided is that we will be splitting all our Guilds into two groups. The first group of Guilds will be tested at this first event, and if all goes well the second group of Guilds will be tested at another event about a month or so after. This is mainly because testing all the Guilds at the same time would be a HUGE amount of information to track both for you and for our developers! Guilds being tested at this event are:
- The Blacksmith’s Guild
- The Brewer’s Guild
- The Engineer’s Guild
- The Farmer’s Guild
- The Fishermen’s Guild
- The Union (and the Order… we might even let you see Veteran Fangtooth & Seasoned Spigot)
Attendees will also get to play around with some of the core rules changes that we’re currently testing for Guild Ball Season 4.
Its also worth mentioning that if you don’t play any of the above Guilds, you’re still very welcome to come along and take part with the current version of any other Guild.
Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
Because these events are about testing rules that are unfinished, all attendees must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before being allowed to see any of the playtest rules. Signing the NDA means that you aren’t allowed to discuss any unreleased rules or models seen during the day until they have been shown to the public by Steamforged Games. So, no going home and posting everything you found out on a forum, blog, or social media!
Additionally, no mobile phones or other recording devices are allowed during the Playtest Event. Any mobile phones or recording devices must be stored in our secure lock-box for the duration of the event to keep them safe (we have an emergency contact phone number for anyone that requires one). No written notes or playtesting materials will be allowed out of the building.
Anyone interested in participating in this Guild Ball playtest event can purchase a ticket using the below link: