Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Northglenn/Denver North
10 E 120th Ave, Denver, CO 80233, USA
Tell them you're with Protospiel Denver to access the group rate before 2/15/20
The country's best game design conference is coming to Denver!
Protospiel Denver matches the format of other Protospiel events around the country. It is a free-form tabletop game design event focused on designers playtesting their games with other designers. There are no specific events to sign up for. Simply show up each day and find a group to play with.
If you are a game designer looking for quality playtesting feedback from other designers, Protospiel is your answer. With plenty of published and aspiring tabletop game designers and industry professionals among the attendees, you'll have ample opportunity to playtest your game and gain new perspective.
Plus, when you follow the Protospiel guidelines for investing as much playtesting time as you receive, the friendships you'll build in the process will be invaluable.
If you are a tabletop gamer who likes to try out new games, Protospiel will make for a great weekend of new gaming experiences for you. You'll get to see many new designs in a single weekend. Even better, you'll get the satisfaction of knowing you've helped shape them before they are released to the general public.
Protospiel is an event where you can bring a board or card game prototype to play with other designers, play testers, and publishers. It's a great way to find the "broken" parts of your game -- and then figure out how to fix them!
It doesn't matter what level of production quality your game has. Many games are made right on the spot at Protospiel using the free prototyping materials provided by The Game Crafter. But Protospiels also often include games that are doing final testing right before they are published or put out on Kickstarter.
This year, we are partnering with Maxine and Randy Ekl of Clever Playing Cards to host a metagame of Protospiel Bingo. This game will encourage all attendees to seek out new prototypes -- and win fabulous prizes!
Our page covering Bingo Rules and Prize Support has all the details, but we'll give you a hint: Bingo is set up to particularly reward our playtesters, since the only way you can mark a square towards a 5-in-a-row win is by playtesting someone else's game.
If your travel schedule allows, we hope you can join us for one or both of our opening and closing parties.
The Send-Off Party will start around 5:00pm Sunday, March 15 at Casa Bonita, 6715 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214. You can stay as long as you like before you need to run to a flight or start your drive back home. Sign up under the Facebook event so we’ll know you want to come.
Join the Facebook Group
Protospiel has an active Facebook group with over 1000 members who have attended Protospiels across the U.S. It's a great place to ask questions or to start making contacts in advance of the event. You can join here.
List Your Prototype(s)
You can add your game(s) to the list of titles to be playtested at Protospiel Denver on the Prototypes page. Listing your prototype helps drum up interest for your game before you even arrive.
NOTE This does not mean all types of promotion are prohibited at Protospiel. You are welcome -- and even encouraged -- to collect contact info from anyone who's interested in receiving updates about a game as it progresses through development. You can read more about the expectations and best practices for marketing on our Policies page.
Early Bird - Purchase by Thursday Feb 27, 2020 (Ended)
Regular Price - After Feb 27, 2020 & at the door Get Your Badge
Our inaugural Denver Protospiel event will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Northglenn, just east of I-25 off the exit for 120th Ave.
We have a room block arranged with our venue, the Ramada Plaza Hotel, for Friday and Saturday nights. The room rate is $119/night which is guaranteed only if you book by 2/15/20. To reserve a room, call the hotel at 303-452-4100 and tell them you want to book a room for Protospiel Denver.
The Ramada has a pool and a hot tub and all rooms include a free hot breakfast.
Other hotels within a short walk from the venue include:
The venue will be providing ongoing water service for us throughout the weekend.
For food options, there are several good counter service and dine-in restaurants within a 3-5 minute walk from the convention center.
Counter service options within an easy walk include:
Dine-in options within an easy walk include:
Across the somewhat wide and busy surrounding streets, you'll also find a Starbucks, Applebee's, Burger King, and Outback Steakhouse.
Per the Ramada events staff, unlike many venues, they don't have a strict "no outside food" policy. If you want to pick up food from a local restaurant and come back to the playtesting hall to eat with friends, you are welcome to. Just try not to spill on anyone's prototype. ;)
The event will run according to the traditional Protospiel structure, which is open design, collaboration, and play testing:
Several publishers will be joining us for playtesting over Protospiel weekend. There will be no set times for "speed dating" or any other type of event-organized pitch meetings. Instead, publishers will be looking to playtest and provide feedback on the games they find most intriguing.
A publisher's main goal in attending Protospiel may or may not be to find new games to sign, but, if they do happen to find something that perfectly fits their catalog, we see this as a bonus for all involved.
Check out our list of publishers to see who's attending.
These great companies make sure you have the best possible experience at Protospiel Denver.
The Game Crafter is one of the most generous supporters of the Protospiel network as a whole. We are very happy to be yet another recipient of that generosity with the blank cards, blank chits, and smorgasbord of random small bits they are providing for our prototyping parts table.