Protospiel Chicago 2021

Protospiel Chicago 2021




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Bolingbrook, Illinois

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Holiday Inn & Suites Bolingbrook

205 Remington Blvd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, USA

Time zone: America/Chicago (UTC {{ '2021-09-10 14:00:00' | timezone_offset: 'America/Chicago' }})

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(630) 679-1600

When calling for a reservation, mention Protospiel Chicago 2021 for a discounted price of $101 per night. Must book by August 27, 2021.


Scheduled for Sept 10-12, 2021

We're good to go for September! It's been a very long time since we've been able to sit across the table to play games with anyone outside of our tiny bubble. We can't wait to get vaccinated and burst that bubble!

Badges from 2020's canceled event have been transferred to 2021's event.

Proof of vaccination is required to attend.

You must show proof of your final Covid-19 vaccination dated August 27, 2021 or earlier. We know that the decision to get the vaccine or not is a difficult one for some of you. We respect that. We're asking that you respect our decision to require vaccines and not ask for any exceptions. I could not live with myself if someone contracted Covid-19 at our event and heaven forbid, died. Please don't put me in that position. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Black Lives Matter

Protospiel Chicago welcomes all and encourages everyone interested in designing and playing board games to join us. We will strive you make you feel as welcome as we did at our first Protospiel.

Protospiel Chicago is back for its 5th year! (Let's just ignore the break in 2020 due to Covid.) We're settling down in Bolingbrook and hoping that we found the location that is juuuuust right.


If you're a game designer looking to get professional level feedback from other designers, there is no better place to get that feedback. We've had 80 designers attend in each of the last three years (60 in our first year) so you'll have plenty of opportunities to play test your designs 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 the place for you. You'll get to see dozens of new designs in a single weekend. Plus you'll get to shape them before they hit the store shelves 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!

Chi-Bingo will be back!

Our meta-game, Chi-Bingo, was a hit! We're making some changes from the feedback we received and will be ready to play it again. (Isn't that exactly what Protospiel is all about?)

Want Even More Details?

Milwaukee's Protospiel website has a great FAQ page

Tabletop.Events is a great place to find Protospiels and Other Game Conventions

Don't forget the Protospiel Group on Facebook

Badges & Pricing

Here are the prices for attending Protospiel Chicago 2021:

  • Designer WEEKEND Badge - $50
  • Designer FRIDAY Badge - $25
  • Designer SATURDAY Badge - $30
  • Designer SUNDAY Badge - $20
  • Play Tester WEEKEND Badge - $10
  • Press Badge - Complimentary / Email
  • Publisher Badge - Complimentary / See below.

To qualify for a free Publisher's Badge you must have published a game by a designer other than yourself within the last two years and are actively looking for another game design. Please email and include the type(s) of games you're looking for in your request.

Badges may be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. No checks will be accepted.

Tabletop.Event fees will be added to all badge prices.

Last day to refund your badge is August 27, 2021.

Food & Drink

We'll be offering a light snack service and coffee throughout the day. The hotel has a restaurant, Hanover & Hardys, so no outside food is allowed. There are several restaurants nearby, some within walking distance. We'll have a map of restaurants available at the check-in table.


We've secured a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn & Suites. When calling for a reservation, mention Protospiel Chicago 2021 for a discounted price of $101 per night. Must book by August 27, 2021.


Parking is free at the hotel.


This will run like the traditional Protospiel, which is open design, collaboration, and play testing. The room will be open as follows:

FRIDAY 9am-Midnight

SATURDAY 9am-Midnight

SUNDAY 9am-4pm

The guiding 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 everyone tries to follow it.



The Game Crafter will be bringing an assortment of game components!

Welcome to The Game Crafter - The world leader in print on demand board games.

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