Orbiters is here! The prototype arrived a couple of weeks ago (thanks to Game Crafters), and I was very fortunate to have feedback from pro tester Nick Werner for the first round of playtesting. Here are the results of that first game:
I’ve finally had a chance to look at the feedback from Isaac Joslin’s students, who played Sans-Papiers a few weeks ago in the context of Joslin’s course on immigration in France.
Of the 18 responses I received, 13 made some mention of the rules being difficult to understand or complicated; 13 used some variation of “interesting” or “fun” to describe play (one instance of “magnifique” is included in this count). A few did not address game play at all, but instead outlined a perceived lesson on the hardships of immigrant life.
Here are some selected comments, with my thoughts:
This week, Isaac Joslin of the University of Denver reports on playtesting Sans-Papiers with his students. Isaac is a specialist in African francophone literature and film, and this course dealt specifically with the immigrant experience in France. Check out his bio at DU’s website. Here’s what he has to say about the game:
Sans-Papiers: role-playing and social realism in the language and culture classroom
By Isaac Joslin – University of Denver
I devoted part of the last session of French current events this semester to collecting feedback about the students’ experience playing games in class. This week, I was able to take a look at the results.
While the survey proved to be more of a lesson, for me, on how not to write surveys, I did glean some interesting comments and overall impressions of what students experienced. Here is a selection of student comments, with my thoughts.