KDU University College held Beta-Con 1.0 to promote tabletop gaming and showcase the talents of its game design students. Each team had to create a board game or card game and demonstrate it at the convention in order to get feedback from the public.
A Very Public Beta Test
Although attendance was much lower compared with that of events like Geek Con, there was an upside. Because of the Dungeons & Dragons and tabletop gaming sessions being held there, a number of seasoned gamers came. If your board game was in dire need of some hardcore rules fiends to tear it apart and look for flaws, this was the right place to be! I was impressed at the breadth and depth of creativity here. There were simple board games about ponies and magical flowers as well as complex economic and military simulations. Some of these snappy, professional-looking designs could conceivably have gone straight to market.
However, my other purpose was to participate as a dungeon master in the D&D game demos. As the weekend wore on, the student demos ended one by one, but interest remained strong in the roleplaying tables. At one point, we were running six concurrent RPGs, which may be a record for the Malaysian tabletop scene!