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First Edition Play Testers Needed!

by Jason Robinette, Lead Designer (1E)

18th April 2011

It's been great to read all the kudos and praise for Shades of Gray and the many hard working volunteers responsible for this exciting virtual expansion. However, the expansion wouldn't be half of what it is without the hard work of our dedicated 1E play testers, and we're looking for several new groups to join our corps of dedicated volunteers.

While being a play tester isn't a glamorous job, it's a vitally important one. Our play testers work hard to ensure that the new cards we release are clean, fair, effective, fun, and most importantly - balanced. Design and rules work hard to ensure the game has a stable future, but we need the eyes of diverse and dedicated players from across the globe to ensure we don't miss any card interactions.

If you and your players are interested in joining our play tester corps, then you should download the First Edition Play Test Application and get to work! You'll want to print out the application and schedule a get together with your potential group to answer the questions together. After that, all you need to do is follow the instructions enclosed in the application to submit yourself for candidacy.

Applicants should be aware that play testing is not for everyone, and that we do hold our testers to a higher standard than most. You will be expected to play test often and to file detailed, clear, and concise reports each time you test. You will also be expected to be discrete and adhere to our confidentiality policy. In return, you'll not only be working on expansions months before they are released, but you and your group will receive a compensation package each expansion based on the quantity and quality of your feedback.

Right now, our need for First Edition play testers is greater than any other volunteer group in the entire Continuing Committee. If you and your group feel you can reliably meet and provide us with quality feedback, then we're very interested in having you apply to be a play tester. If you have any questions about the application, testing requirements or expectations, or play testing in general, don't hesitate to ask!

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