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.
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.
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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:
We will provide water service and may provide snacks if our ticket sales earn enough money to cover the cost. Stay tuned for updates!
The hotel has an on-site restaurant, and there are several dine-in and counter service restaurants within a 3-5 minute walk.
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.