Welcome to Playtesting!

Thanks for joining playtesting with Level 99 Games!

Though we use the term “playtesting”, there’s a lot more to game development than just that “playing” and “testing”. Our playtesters get involved in theory-crafting, balance discussion, templating, concept development, and more. Getting involved with playtesting can give you an opportunity to be a part of the games you love or just a chance to earn some valuable industry experience. You’ll get to work with real developers and designers as we craft upcoming games.

I look forward to having you as a part of our playtesting team, as we strive to build some of the best board, card, and video games in the world!

- D. Brad Talton Jr.
Level 99 Games, President


Our goals for Playtesting

  • Design finely balanced, expertly crafted games to serve the gaming needs of our fanbase.

  • Develop the skills of our playtesters by teaching them about game design, theory, and fun, as well as providing a practical place to test these skills.

  • Provide our most creative and motivated fans a way to discover and get involved with game development at all levels.

  • Improve the community with special events, prizes, and promotions.

If your goals and our goals align, then you might be the perfect candidate to join our playtesting program!


How to Sign Up

After these three steps, you should receive an invitation to the Playtester portions of the Discord Server within 48 hours. You’ll also receive a weekly email from our Community Lead, Marco De Santos, which details all playtesting events coming up in the next two weeks. Just sign on at any of these times to play particular games. Of course, you can play anytime with other playtesters, but your best opportunities to collect data will be during these sessions.

Tabletop Simulator

Most of our playtesting is conducted on Tabletop Simulator. This program allows us to play prototype games online with friends from around the world. In order to play games with us, you’ll need to purchase, download, and install this software. We recommend that all our playtesters get this handled up-front. However, if for some reason you can’t run Tabletop Simulator, you can still participate in discussions and other activities.

Player Rewards

By playtesting with us during our organized play events, you’re eligible to receive organized play rewards. In order to claim those rewards, you will need to:

  • Register as a player with our organized play program at battleconnection.com and;

  • Have you player PIN on hand during playtest events (you can find this on your profile page).

This is completely optional, so you don’t need to register for battleconnection.com if you don’t want these free extras.


Education

Part of our goal is to help you become a better designer and developer as you playtest with us.

For this reason, we periodically publish design and developer’s guides for our ongoing game lines. You can find links to these guides down below. Even if you’re not interested in playtesting, you’re welcome to check them out–though you might discover that the information is more relevant when you put it into practice by playtesting some of these games for yourself.

Scroll down and look for the button labeled “Design Manual” under each game in order to find a guide for that game. Please note that many of our guides are still under development, and may not be available at this time.

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Playtesting Bonus: Collusion

We currently have a playtesting bonus incentive for the Millennium Blades: Collusion Kickstarter! Complete these steps to get your name in the game’s rulebook as an official tester, and we’ll apply a $25 coupon to your add-ons and shipping post-project.

  1. Register for playtesting, following all the instructions above.

  2. Back the Kickstarter Project at any tier.

  3. Record 5 playtests of Millennium Blades before the project ends, using the game recording form on our site.

    • These playtests must all be completed by the end of Millennium Blades Collusion’s testing period (now through mid-April).

    • If you choose to play an abbreviated game (2 tournaments instead of 3), that’s OK.

    • Playtests must be completed on Tabletop Simulator–there is no print-and-play prototype for Collusion.

  4. The $25 coupon will be applied to your pledge via Pledge Manager at the end of April, and can be used towards any add-ons or towards shipping (it cannot be used to reduce the cost of your core pledge).

Millennium Blades: Collusion

Millennium Blades is a board game about a group of friends who play a collectible card game, which is also called Millennium Blades! Collusion is the newest expansion to Millennium Blades, and we need your help to test it!

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How to Play Millennium Blades

Use the “Record Game Results” button to record an entire game’s notes. Use “Record Card Notes” to share thoughts about individual cards.

BattleCON

BattleCON is a head-to-head battle card game featuring characters from Level 99 Games’ iconic World of Indines.

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How to Play BattleCON

EXCEED Fighting Card Game

EXCEED is our latest fighting card game, featuring a collection of fighters from various universes in a huge crossover battle!

How to Play Exceed