Firstly, I will start this blog off with the following: . . . AND BREATHE!!!!!

   Testing our games today with the elementary school children was a blast. I was so stressed and nervous about the game. When we arrived into the classroom and presented the children with the board, rules, cards, and fractions pieces, it got real. The entirety of the first ten minutes of game testing was nerve-wracking. After a complete rotation of the children for a turn, they were interacting with each other with the different mechanics, like trading, stealing pieces from each other, and of course, battling for pieces using greater than or less than fractions. All of these were intended to happen and it was a resounding success and a hit with the children.

   There were some funny moments during the time of the game test. Most notably, this poor boy, Aiden, I think his name was, kept spinning either steal spaces or trades. In our rules, if it is your first turn of the game and/or do not have anything to offer for trading, battling, or stealing, you re-spin. He had to spin the spinner like six times before finally getting a 1/10th piece. He took that piece with some pride. While his spins were going on, he visibly got upset, but all of us were laughing. He was a good sport about it and had fun with his misfortune, but it still irked him a little.

   The kids also had either two modes of game-play that we didn’t expect: Use the fraction visualization and knowledge of fraction differences to fill your beaker (the intended purpose of the game) or just go full bore and get the big pieces and hope you win. It took those of whom decided the latter to figure out how to plan ahead and think about the game in terms of using the fractions, but it was still a surprise to see some using their: “Go big or go home” method.

   The biggest relief in all of this game designing and testing was the fact that a lot of the kids who tested the game out said they would buy the game. That to me was the biggest indicator that we had a great game made. They were thoroughly enjoying themselves, learning fraction visualization and conceptualization, as well as just being kids and going after those who had stolen a piece of theirs, or the girls would go after the boys and vice-a-versa. It was just a fun time and a very enjoyable experience.

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