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.
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.
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
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 admin@Protospiel-Chicago.org to request a free badge.
Badges may be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. No checks will be accepted.
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.
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
If you have a Manhattan Project Dice Game to show James, book a 30 minute time slot with him at: JamesMathe.YouCanBook.Me
Publishers are VIPs at Protospiel. Email admin@Protospiel-Chicago.org to be our guest. We'd love to display your logo here!