Lately most of the game design portion of my brain has been focussed on the forthcoming UK Games Expo, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC between 3rd and the 5th of June, and preparing for this has been one reason I have temporarily dropped a few projects. I will be attending the show for all three days for the first time, and am looking forward to having extra time to be playing, exploring, talking and so on.
So what will I be up to? Well, the focus for me this year is on playtesting. I have two 90 minute slots booked in the Playtest Zone, where I will have some table space for a few games of Boogie Knights. The idea is that Boogie Knights seems to have reached a fairly stable form and I would now like to see a heap more plays before making more changes. The game probably does need more tweaks, but first I would like some more data, especially from people who haven't yet played the game.
So, if you would like to come and say hello and try out Boogie Knights, I will be running games between 11:30 and 13:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 to 11:30 on Sunday.
I will also probably be hanging around the Playtest Zone at various other parts of the weekend, and have volunteered to help out in (and wearing one of those natty red t-shirts, I think) on Friday afternoon.
So that's my main bookings, but I am hoping to also get along to the Wyvern's Lair session on Saturday afternoon. As you may remember, I submitted Boogie Knight for this event, but unfortunately didn't make the cut for the final twelve entrants. While this is a little disappointing, it does mean that I can relax a little more for the weekend and just enjoy myself without stressing about my pitch. It will be nice to get along and just watch and learn from other people's experiences this time, and maybe I'll give it another go next year.
I'm not sure what I will be up to in the evenings. Last year I stayed over for Saturday night and had a great time making use of one of the open gaming areas for the evening, so I'll probably do something like that, though there has been talk about a load of prototype play in the evenings too, so that would be great as well. I'll be taking a couple more games along, just in case the opportunity arises.
Then on Sunday, after my second playtesting slot, I am expecting the family to join me for the last day of the expo. I know Miss B wants to play in a couple of the roleplaying games for kids, so I'll get her booked in for them, but apart from that we'll just have to see how it goes.