Play-testing and Live-streaming

As some of you might know, we recently live-streamed our latest play-test of Reel Me In! and what a raucous time it was. We finally got enough work done and had enough people gathered in one place to warrant another play-test. (For those of you who don’t know, play-testing a game is just that: playing a game and testing it out. You can read more about us play-testing other designers’ games here: Playtesting 1 – 2 – 3.


This was, by far, our smoothest trial run so far. We were careful not to speak about design during gameplay, unless absolutely necessary, thus allowing the players the opportunity to just have fun and enjoy the ride (yes, pun intended). So, we just had Shelly read the rules and answer questions, which worked well. There were, all-in-all, only a couple hang-ups (a huge improvement on our last play-test). This is good news, as it tells us the game is finally starting to solidify into its final structure and rule system.

If you weren’t able to watch the live-stream, no worries, as it’s available on our Youtube channel here: Play-Test. Feel free to skim to any points of interest. There are plenty of sneak peeks at fish cards and action cards (pictured below), which is what we really focused on for this trial, so don’t miss ’em.


Throughout gameplay, I attempted to expound upon a range of mechanics, so hopefully this was helpful to anyone hungry for more information on how the game actually works.

Kickstarter Card
Kickstarter Card

In other news, what do you, dear reader, think of having a Kickstarter fish card?

We’ve decided to leave a fish card blank, so that one or more backers on Kickstarter can have a chance, at a certain backing level, to include a fish that they wish to see in the game. Maybe it’s a fish we’ve never heard of. Maybe it’s native to your area and you’d love to see it protected. This is just one way in which we’re attempting to include our potential backers in the process of design.

I’ll speak more to the Kickstarter subject in a future post, as we get closer to our launch date. Meantime, I look forward to more play-tests of Reel Me In!. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in being invited to one of these events, please let us know and we’ll try to make it happen.

Enjoy your weekend, and as always, “Play, laugh and be merry!”




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