The Last Public Playtest for a While

My crazily hectic summer & fall continues…  I’m back from a great time at GameCity in Nottingham, UK (here are some pics, and I’ll post the lecture audio shortly), and now I’m preparing to go to NYU’s GameCenter in a couple weeks.

On November 18th, on the lower level of NYU’s 721 Broadway building, we will do a SpyParty playtest at 1pm (note extended hours!), followed by a lecture and interview with Frank Lantz, the most excellent Director of the GameCenter, at 7pm.  Both are open to the public, which is very gracious of the University! Here is their announcement.  Plus, check out the awesome poster by Rachel E. Morris:

This is going to be the last public playtest of SpyParty for a while, maybe even until GDC next February.  I love doing these playtests and lectures, but the travel and preparation really distracts from progress on the game itself, so I need to buckle down and crank for a bit.

Frank Lantz, pondering his SpyParty playtest at GDC10

I also have a huge backlog of stuff to post here on the blog, so hopefully I’ll begin whittling that down once things normalize again.


  1. Barry says:

    I’ve been following SpyParty since first reading about it on Kotaku earlier this year.  I plan to be there on the 18th and I’m really looking forward to it!  You da man, checker!

  2. joshrl says:

    I wish I could be there!

    But latency tests for me. :D

  3. Pe-ads says:

    I love it how the dude top-left is texting: probably something like “Guys, get over here! There’s some awesome game called SpyParty to playtest!”

  4. AsILayJacob says:

    I am so glad I moved to the city, I’ll definitely be there at the play test, I’ve been following this game for the past year and a half.

  5. jordy says:

    I like the drawing, good atmosphere, but I dislike the way she has her fingers wrapped around the present.. seems awkward and kinda creepy, not really my thing..

    • alex says:

      I’ll chime in to the contrary. The fingers make it for me — sort of a furtive nervous tick unseen by her mark.

  6. Ron says:

    Just out of curiosity, was the artwork commissioned, or was it something already done that suited your liking?

    • checker says:

      I assume the Game Center commissioned the illustration from Rachel, since they had a budget for the event (food, expenses, etc.).  It was a total pleasant surprise for me, I saw it on that blog post at the same time as everybody else!

  7. Won says:

    We briefly met before the talk (which was fantastic!). I was curious whether the lecture video was going to be made available online?

  8. Danny says:


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