Thanks all for your patience while I was away!
Privateer Press formally opened their publicly-accessible playtesting today. I’m eager to see how it works out; running good playtests is demanding, so both the company and the community have their work cut out for them. Here’s hoping for good things; public beta tests could be more valuable than I think they have been for many outfits that have tried them, and I would love to see Privateer Press taking a lead in this area.
In the meantime, I think it’s interesting to see how Privateer Press describes playtesting. Many designers considering public betas have to figure out how to explain what they need to a competitive player community. The linked document is one of what I hope will someday be many examples.