Playtesting kids games

  • Timothy Page

    June 6, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    One of the most challenging parts of designing kids games for me is finding appropriately aged playtesters. If I’m trying to make a game for a 5 year old, having my adult friends test it (while still being helpful) won’t be the best way to see how the game goes over.

    Wondering if maybe there’s already a spot for designers to share their games with families to have their kids test it out? Just curious if anyone had some helpful thoughts, or an idea for best way to go about doing this. Thanks!

  • Patrick Blindauer

    June 6, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Great idea! Maybe start a Google doc to keep track of designers and playtester parents.
    I’d be happy to sign up my 5.5 year old, but somebody with 2 or more kids would be more helpful (at last until kid-friendly solo modes take off!). I could put her on a Zoom call or have her tell me what she wants to do in Tabletop Simulator.

    • Timothy Page

      June 8, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks for the idea, Patrick! I’ll get the Google doc, or something comparable together, and share with the group when ready 👍🏻

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