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C3V Playtesting FAQs

HERE IS AN EMPTY COMPREHENSIVE-FORM TO FILL OUT

HERE IS AN EMPTY QUICK-FORM TO FILL OUT



Here is how to use the empty forms above:
  1. Get a notepad and take notes as you playtest. (using a laptop and notepad/word works too)
  2. When you are done open the Empty Playtesting Form.
  3. A window will appear with a single post. That post is the Blank Playtesting Form.
  4. Click the QUOTE button at the bottom.
  5. You should now fill out all the required information.
  6. Once the info is complete, highlight all of the text in the entire post (minus the [quote] code). Then right click the text and click copy.
  7. Close the window.
  8. Paste the the text in a PM to the Lead Playtester and hit submit.
  9. You are done.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A COMPLETED PLAYTEST FORM (no public examples yet)

This thread is here to answer any questions on the specifics of play-testing.

FAQs

Q - What is Play-Testing?
A - Play-Testing is a term used to describe what people do to "test" a new game or game component simply playing the game through a series of prescribed tests to check for brokenness or game compatibility.

Q - Who can Play-Test?
A - Any Heroscapers.com member can play-test C3V.

Q - How do I know what to play-test?
A - To find out what units need play-testing, you will need to go to the "C3V Playtesting Sign-up" thread. You may pick any available Design to Playtest and announce that you will be playtesting it there, and then click the appropriate LINK on the front page. That link will take you to the Profile Page of the Lead Playtester (LP) so that you can send him a Private Message asking for the current info for playtesting.

Q - How do I play-test?
A - Here is a detailed list on how to play-test each Design type.
Spoiler Alert!


Q - Are there any hints, tips, or guides on how to Play-test?
A - This post can be very helpful in listing a few things that you should look for when Play-testing.
Spoiler Alert!


Q - How do I document my play-test results?
A - Here is the COMPREHENSIVE-FORM to use.
Hers is the QUICK-FORM to use.


Q - Where do I post my Feedback Form when I have completed it?
A - Send your completed Playtest sheet in a PM to the Lead Playtester of the Unit that you have playtested.
NEVER POST ANY INFORMATION ABOUT AN UNRELEASED UNIT IN PUBLIC THREADS!



Q - How in depth should my feedback be?
A - Take good notes and write down anything of importance. Information on almost anything the tested unit does or affects is critical. If you feel like you aren't giving enough information, give a turn by turn report.

Q - Is it possible to play-test on my own without an opponent?
A - Yes. Many of us have been Solo-Scaping for a while, and we haven't gone blind yet.
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Q - What kind of tests do you want run?
A - For the C3V we want tests for any version of Offical HeroScape you can play. Basically if it is an event that you would see run at GenCon or an Offical Scenario, you can test our units in those situations. Team battles and higher point battles are also acceptable.

Q - How long do we have to test?
A - While we understand people are busy and testing takes a good bit of time, please do not sign up if you cannot complete it in less than 3 days. This will allow us to get more people who can test faster to sign up. If you sign up for a test and take over a week to do it, not only are you holding up the unit, but you possibly took the test from another person who had a free afternoon to test. Even if something has been up for a few days, PM the LP and see if they need testers. Also let us know if you need more time or cannot complete a test. Communication goes a long way here.

Q - Do we need to test the Basic Stats too?
A - No. Basic sides have no cost, so no testing is needed.

Feel free to ask any questions on Playtesting, as we will be dealing specifically with the ins and outs of Play-testing here.

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Re: C3V Playtesting FAQs

Updated with basic information from Griffin over in the C3G. Props to Griffin. Please ask any questions I may have missed!

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Re: C3V Playtesting FAQs

A couple of suggestions to make playtesting easier on both you and your wallet.

DO NOT print anything for your testing. Unless you only plan on playtesting a single unit in your entire life you will burn through printer ink extremely quickly. Especially if a unit is edited based on the test results. Think about it. For that one unit you printed the initial card, then the updated card, then the final card. That's a lot of printing for one unit. Here's some things you can do instead.

This is my personal favorite, but you'll need either an iPod or a phone with web browsing. Come to the website and just take a snapshot of the figure's stats. This works especially well with the non-carded units (the cards are made after playtesting), because the text can be aligned to fit the screen without much effort. Then just place order markers on your phone as if it were a card.

If not just copy the card down onto notepaper. This isn't as neat, and does require a bit of effort, but a pencil and a sticky note are much cheaper than printer ink, or a smartphone for that matter.




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Re: C3V Playtesting FAQs

The card's won't even be made by the Playtesting phase. It will just be a list of stats and powers.

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So does this mean we will be seeing figures to playtest soon???

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Soon.

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I can't wait to see what the figure is to playtest.

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How quickly do you have to send in your Playtesting Form?

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^ thats a good question. How long do we have??

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How quickly do you have to send in your Playtesting Form?
Hopefully, there will be some leeway with the holidays for the first unit.



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^ thats a good question. How long do we have??
That's really up to the LP of the unit you'll be testing (in this first case it's tcglkn) but as a general rule of thumb I think 2-4 days is reasonable amount of time. We have some of our own requirements for the public playtesting phase and rest assured your input is highly valued... but please don't sign up right away if you can't test properly for a week or more, that just slows us down.

It's also worth noting that you should make a strong effort to format your comments and notes to the LP properly. The established posting standards for the site apply to anything you submit to us too, and poor grammar / hard to follow comments won't win you any praise from us...

On the other side of things we encourage all PPT's (Public-Play-Tester) to share their insights and thoughts byond what is strictly on the playtest sheet. This is a very important part of the overall C3V process and the more data we have to mine the better the finished Haduc will be.(See what I did there? Haduc sounds like product! I'm so clever )

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