European Projects, Free to Choose

FreeToChoose board game: next steps in the testing phase

WS3: Game testing

The FtC board game official experimentation phase will start  in December. In Italy the official sessions will involve several organizations, including the Youth Lab of Cavallino-Treporti (VE), the Progetto Giovani di Treviso and other youth centres managed by Itaca. It is foreseen the participation of high  schools of Pordenone, San Donà di Piave, Treviso, Trieste, Modena and many game associations, too. Besides, the regional center for orientation will be involved and the VET sector. A similar scenario is foreseen in Slovenia and Portugal, the other FtC Countries involved in the experimentation.

Between September and December, the project staff will focus on the design of training materials, such as the rulesBook and the Wizard Book, aimed at supporting  the training sessions for game masters. The experimentation will be led by APLOAD, the Portuguese partner specialized in project impact assessment and, besides Portugal, will involve Italian and Slovenian young people thanks to the active contribute given by Itaca and UNIMORE, in Italy, Mladinski Center Bit and Zavod Nefiks, in Slovenia.

In the meantime, the game designers keep working on finalizing the game board prototype. The several dissemination events carried out during the summer involved youngsters from  Italy, Spain, UK, Slovenia, FYROM, Croatia, Greece, Latvia and were extremely useful to receive additional feedback, thanks to, the analysis of the questionnaires submitted at the end of each session

Last in chronological order was the appointment with Ludica 2018 on the 9th of September in Cappella Maggiore (TV, Italy), the 3rd edition of the board game festival organized by the association “Giocatori in Scatola” based in Vittorio Veneto (TV). Among the most important news of this year, was the setting up of a dedicated area where to meet table game inventors and where the FtC game was also presented and played.

Moreover, a game play session was also foreseen within the “Feel Excluded to be Inclusive”, the Erasmus+ exchange held in the Slovenian town of Črnomelj from the 20th to the 23th of August and organized by the project partner Mladinski Center Bit.