Protospiel Chicago 2016

Protospiel Chicago 2016


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Holiday Inn Chicago West-Itasca

860 W Irving Park Rd, Itasca, IL 60143, United States

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Protospiel Chicago 2016

The country's best game design convention makes its debut in Chicagoland!

If you are a game designer looking to get professional level feedback from other designers there is no better place to get that feedback. With around 50 other designers in attendance you'll have the opportunity to play test your designs many times throughout the weekend. And the friendships you'll make will last a lifetime.

If you're a gamer who likes to try out new things, then Protospiel is also likely the best experience you'll have. You'll get to see dozens of new designs in a single weekend. Plus you'll get to shape them before they hit the shelves of stores or the pages of Kickstarter.

Tell Me More

Protospiel is a casual event where amateur and established game designers get together to test their game prototypes in a supportive, cooperative environment. It's a great way to break your game and to fix it. Don't worry about the appearance of your game. It isn't nearly as important as the functionality. Some prototypes will be highly polished, but that's not what's important at Protospiel. Our goal is to help you make great games!

The general principle is for designers to reciprocate other designers' time and feedback by playing each other's games. For example, if you need three play testers for your game, you should try to play three other designer's games before the event ends. This is not a hard and fast rule, but the event works best when people try to follow it.

Want Even More Details?

Milwaukee's Protospiel website has a great FAQ page:

Check out the original Protospiel website to find other Protospiel events:

Don't forget the Protospiel group on Facebook: Protospiel Public Group | Facebook

Badges & Pricing

Here are the prices for attending Protospiel Chicago 2016:

Designer 3-Day Badge - $50

Designer 1-Day Badge - $25

Play Tester 3-Day Badge - $10

Publisher or Press Badge - Email to request a free badge.

Badges may be purchased at the door, but only with cash. No checks or credit cards will be accepted at the door.

Food & Drink

There is a restaurant in the hotel for meals and there are a number of restaurants a short drive away. No outside food is allowed to be brought in.


We've secured a block of 15 rooms at the Holiday Inn Itasca (Woodfield Area). If you tell them you're with the "Protospiel" group you'll get a discount of $50 per night, down to $99. Breakfast buffet is included.

You must book your hotel no later than August 19, 2016 to get this rate.


Parking is free at the Holiday Inn.


This will run like the traditional Protospiel, which is open design, collaboration, and play testing:

9am-6pm Friday - Registration open

11:45 pm Friday - Doors close for the day

9am-Noon Saturday - Registration open

11:45 pm Saturday - Doors close for the day

9am-11am Sunday - Registration open

4pm Sunday - Convention ends


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Please consider sponsoring Chicago's first Protospiel event and get your logo displayed here! Email for details.

Publishers Attending

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Educational Games For Your Brain | Marbles: the Brain Store


Argyle Games

Publishers are VIPs at Protospiel. Email to be our guest. We'd love to display your logo here!


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