Protospiel Chicago 2017



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Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Palatine/n Arlngtn Hts

1550 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, IL 60074, USA

Time zone: America/Chicago (UTC {{ '2017-09-15 14:00:00' | timezone_offset: 'America/Chicago' }})

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Protospiel Chicago 2017

The country's best game design convention is back for its second year 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

Badges & Pricing

Here are the prices for attending Protospiel Chicago 2017:

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 with cash or credit card. No checks will be accepted.

Food & Drink

There is no restaurant in the hotel but there are several restaurants a short drive away. Outside food IS allowed to be brought in.


We've secured a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express (Palatine - North Arlington Heights). If you tell them you're with the "Protospiel" group you'll get a discount rate of $82 per night. Breakfast buffet is included.

Holiday Inn Express

Booking Code is PRO


You must book your hotel no later than September 1, 2017 to get this rate.


Parking is free at the Holiday Inn Express.


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-3pm 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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Publishers Attending

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If you have a Manhattan Project Dice Game to show James, book a 30 minute time slot with him at: JamesMathe.YouCanBook.Me

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

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