This afternoon I began my class of students play testing the 8 games
as well as their evaluation of the games. My after school game club
will be doing the same activity. I wanted to get some specifics as to
what data you want back as well as what format you want the data.
Do you want each student to rank the games? (eg. Tom ranks them 1. Penguin Soccer 2. Zamboni Wars etc.)
Do you want them to rate each game on a scale? (eg. Sally give Zamboni Wars a 4 out of 5 and gives Geomancy a 3 out of 5)
Do you want them to just submit a vote for their top game (eg. Timothy votes for Penguin Soccer as the best game).
I am having all the kids take notes on what rules were unclear to
them and questions they might have (this is going to be part of a unit
on game design my class will be doing later this year) as well as
specific things they like/dislike about each game. If you are
interested I can compile some of the general notes and impressions from
the students and give each designer some feedback from the perspective
of a bunch of 13-15 year old kids learning the game from the rules.
We will be playing the games this week and hopefully will have some
votes/data for you next week. If that isn't timely enough for you no
worries. They are enjoying playtesting some brand new games. If the
designers are interested, even if the votes don't count, I can share
the notes with them. In total I should have between 20-35 kids playing
and testing the games.
Ora, lege, lege, lege, relege, labora et invenies.