That was, lord, maybe 15 years ago. Where I live now, my neighbor is a chemist.
I have an idea for a game. I don`t know the first thing about marketing games. I don`t even really have that many close friends that I could bother to play the game for me.
I do, however, have a long distance friend who happens to belong to a national gaming league and several other local game playing groups. Not only did she tell me (scold me, as a matter of fact, for not realizing it) that of course she`d get her crew to playtest the game, but that in the past she`s been approached by people with money to invest looking for games to take to market. (Now it`s up to me to make a legit game out of the idea and get her some materials, instead of just brainstorming it into the ground).
My point? Don`t ever let "I don`t know anybody in this field..." stop you as an excuse. You might trip over just such a person at the next neighborhood barbecue.