Congress of Gamers Logo Oct. 7-8, 2017
Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Congress of Gamers Logo

Have you ever played a game and thought "This would be so much better if..."?
Do you often think of rule changes to games to make them new or unique?
Or have you ever thought of making your own game?

Please join us and local game designers to play-test new and upcoming games in our Unpublished Gaming Room hosted by Break My Game!

We are looking for players like you to provide feedback on games that were created by local designers, to help them improve their games. Even if you are new to gaming, your feedback is valued and your opinions can help shape the games of our future. Don't be surprised when a game you played here this year appears on the open gaming shelves next year!

Play Testing is Easy

Step 1: Find a game that catches your eye. We will have plenty of different games to try. So find one that suites your play style.
Step 2: Sit down and play with old and new friends as the designer helps you get things started and explains the rules.
Step 3: Enjoy the game! The best part of play testing is, no one else has played the game either, so feel free to enjoy yourself!
Step 4: Provide feedback and insight to the designer. Your thoughts and opinion will be used in the game design process!
Step 5: Rinse and Repeat!

Check back here often to find out which games will be play tested at Congress of Gamers this year!

At the Fall 2016 convention, we had scheduled:

  1. Party Poetry - by Sheri Knauth of K4 Games LLC
    Creative, cooperative poetry writing game with many themes and lots of fun. Ten minutes to play and a lifetime of memories. No poetry experience needed - just an open mind.
  2. Heroes of Darkwell - by Jeremy Dorman of Exalder Games
    Fantasy RPG inspired deck-building board game with both PVP and CO-OP elements. Attempt to defeat the monstrous horde that threatens the town. As you delve deeper into the dungeon, you will encounter ferocious beasts and formidable foes while you gain equipment and hone your skills through battle. Will your cunning and determination be enough to save the town? Or will your party fall victim to the ever-growing and evolving horde? Only time will tell…
  3. Bring in the Birds - by Elzabeth Hargrave
    Build your sanctuary and attract the best birds around. A fast-paced resource management card game that will have you soaring!
  4. Convince Me - by Catherine Pitcher and Kathryn Gorges of MonsterPereneur
    A persuasion party game that tests and hones your powers of influence in riotous situations.
  5. Empire - by David Stephenson
    Discover new lands, amass great wealth, and gather support. Above all, ensure imperial stability in a time of chaos.
  6. Cattle Car - by Austin Smokowicz of Dr. Wictz
    A temporary deck builder where two cattle ranches compete to get their cattle on the limited number of cattle cars to export their beef to Chicago. The rancher who ships the most Cattle to Chicago wins the game.
  7. Dog Swap - by Beni Shever of Pet Alligator Games
    Oh no! All the neighborhood dogs have escaped! Round up them up to earn a reward. Return combinations of dogs to earn bonus points. A light strategy, hand-management card game.
  8. Cave Painters of Lascaux - by Corinne Yeager and Matt Yeager of Seraph Games
    Make pre-history as a cave dweller with a flair for art and a blank wall that needs filling. Dice representing various resources are rolled to create paint, which is then used for the paintings, trying to paint ever grander art as you move further up the cave walls.
  9. Swords & Sails - By Jason Williams of
    The year is 1000 AD, with a European Continent contested by seven political factions. In the Game of Swords & Sails, you will lead one of these factions and see if you can re-write history. Your tools are diplomacy, conquest, building armies, fleets, and even cities.
  10. Dating, Mating, and Relating - By Cherie Howell
    A fun party game where men and women compete to show who knows most about dating mating and relating.


Do you want to play test your game at Congress of Gamers? Sign up for your table by filling out this simple sign up form.

Sign ups are first come first served, but we will try to honor as many requests as possible.

About Break My Game

Break My Game hosts monthly meet ups for designers and play testers in College Park and Annapolis, MD. We have been running our meet ups for over a year and a half and have had designers from all over Maryland, DC, and Virginia come to play test with us. You might have seen us hosting play testing events at several conventions in DC and Maryland including WashingCon, Awesome Con, Trident Con, and even Unpub 6! We are excited to be a part of Congress of Gamers this year! We invite you to check out our other events by visiting us at