The final playtests (come and join in!)

In which we ask you if you would like one of our travelling prototypes, and get (only slightly) anxious about prototype delivery timescales.

Hello everyone! It’s a dark, wet January and all the Christmas decorations have come down. As always, I’m Jess, part of the team and your narrator. A special hello to all our new readers who have recently joined!

Could you host a travelling prototype?

We’d like to send out some of our prototypes to our readers, for you to playtest yourself at home. (This is also an excellent way to see whether the rules are clear…) The idea is this: you receive a copy of the game in the post, play it with your friends and family, and one or two weeks later pack it up in the original box, print out the PDF postage label we email you, and take it to the post office.

You won’t need to pay for postage; we’ll sort all of that. However, you will need to have access to a printer, and to be able to commit to dropping off the parcel at a post office. (Or one of the snazzy “parcel post boxes”.)

While we are imagining this primarily as a UK thing, it should be possible to send one copy to the USA, one to the EU and one to Australia. The issue would be timescales, because if it takes a month to get to the USA then there would be less time for the game to go travelling. It might also get caught in customs, which could potentially be a complete nightmare. BUT we’ll be willing to try if there are people who want to test it out!

If you would like to do this, then here is a form to sign up for a travelling prototype. There are some important data protection questions in there.

Where are the prototypes right now?

The short answer is that they are not yet with me. The longer answer is that I should have them very soon… Apparently there was still some of the printing to be done yesterday, but hopefully once that is complete then they can be put together and sent to me. Cross your fingers please, everyone!

Upcoming events

Mill is going to be at the Guildhall Games Festival in Portsmouth on 29 January. Both Mill and I will be at AireCon in mid March — by which time the Kickstarter will be live!

Next steps

Please do remember to sign up on our pre-launch page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dissentgames/library-labyrinth. Please share as far and wide as you can! Launch date is 8 March 2022.

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