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Are you a game designer looking for more opportunities to test your games? Do you want to get meaningful feedback to make improvements to your games? Do you want to meet other designers and learn more about how the industry works? Are you a publisher who is looking to discover great games to develop and bring to market? Are you a gamer who enjoys discovering games before they are published? If any of these are true, then Celestispiel is for you.

The first Celestispiel was held on Labor Day weekend of 2014, and featured 2 full days of playtesting, inside the Celesticon game convention.

This year’s Celestispiel will span the full 4 days of the con!

Sponsored by the League of Gamemakers, this year’s Celestispiel will be bigger and better. This year, Celestispiel is growing to span the full 4 days – the entire duration of Celesticon. As of July 2015, we already have 25 confirmed designers who are preparing their games, and we expect more.

Celestispiel is great because it provides a nice, quiet 50-person meeting room, designated exclusively for playtesting. Space is also available in the open gaming area if we exceed capacity. Because the event is held inside the Celesticon Game Convention, there is plenty of space, plenty of additional playtesters, and plenty of other gaming opportunities in the building. Attendees can playtest a few games, then go attend other convention events, play in tournaments, enjoy some boardgames, wargames and RPG’s, or meet one of the featured guests.

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For more on Celestispiel, join the Facebook Group, and check out the Celesticon website:

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Luke Laurie

Game Designer at Luke Laurie Games

Designer of Stones of Fate and The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire
Game designer by night, and middle school science and pre-engineering teacher by day. He lives in Santa Maria California with his amazing wife and two unrealistically well-behaved children.

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  1. Michael Low on August 11, 2015

    Hi there! This blog is … phenomenal. I’m a teacher myself (in San Jose, CA – not far!), and I’m afraid all the amazing posts on here have been destroying my prep time. I’ve got a game that is in beta-testing, and I’d love to come visit Celestispiel and have a chance to meet as many of the League as possible, but as a dad with a toddler I can only make one day of the con. Is there any particular day that you’d recommend as a good choice to meet lots of interesting folks and play their games?

    Again, thanks so much for such a brilliant resource and thoughtful, practical, purposeful articles, and hope we have a chance to meet!

    • Luke Laurie Author on August 11, 2015

      Thank you so much! We’re very glad that you find the blog useful!

      I hope that you can find time to spend a day with us at Celestispiel. I can’t say for sure which day would be the best for your situation, but Saturday morning we will have the orientation, and in the evening there may be an informal gathering at a local pub. We are definitely going to have a full house of designers, publishers, and members of the League.

      Make sure you join our Facebook group if you haven’t already.

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