We have exciting news:  Very soon, Guard Up will be providing a space for our instructors to tryout new ideas, playtest different games, and discover new ways to entertain and educate. 

We will be calling this space our “Innovation Lab.” 


What is it?

Innovation Lab will take place every other month, starting in April. Each Lab will consist of a unique and experimental lineup of games and adventures, for the cost of only $10 a night. After each night, game players have the opportunity to give direct, constructive feedback about their play test experience.

Who are we looking for?

We will extend individual invitations to long-standing members of our community, who feel that they are able and qualified to provide us with useful feedback. We will be looking for participants from a variety of demographics, interests, and skill sets. 

How do you get invited?

If this is something that interests you, let us know through our Contact Page. You will be one of the first applicants we consider when selecting our next round of Lab participants. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been a part of the Guard Up community? Are you more into NERF Blasters, or Sword Adventures? What kind of experience do you have in game playing or testing?

We will reach out to those who qualify for the upcoming play test (age, experience, preferred class) and invite them to participate.  The reduced fee of $10 is to reflect the understanding that we are beta testing these ideas and some of them may not be successful on the first pass.  But with our students’ input, we are certain to discover some exciting new techniques, games, and perhaps even classes or events that will become a regular part of our programming.  

And those that participated in the play test get to say “I helped create that”!

We hope to hear from you. Help us put the “play” in play test.