All attendees (designers, playtesters, publishers, guests, sponsors, volunteers, and staff) are expected to abide by a set of policies which are in compliance with United States law and the general policies of the venue.

Rules of the Convention


Your badge must be worn at all times when in any of the convention areas.

Table Space

Tables are to be shared by all designers. You may not set up your game and/or marketing materials on a table and occupy it for hours on end. If you set up or store any materials on a table and leave it unattended, we reserve the right to move your game to allow others to use the space.


All of the venue space at Protospiel is designated for playtesting tabletop games and general conversation in service to making the presented prototypes the best games they can be. Do not conduct any sales transactions within the venue space or approach other attendees with sales pitches for products or services.


Protospiel may enlist sponsors to help create the best event experience possible. We will choose sponsors we feel support the designers and projects presented at Protospiel. Purchasing a sponsorship is the only way to earn the right to leave marketing materials unattended for any prolonged period of time anywhere in the event space.


Marketing materials such as business cards, flyers, or signage are allowed at Protospiel as long as these materials are not left unattended for a prolonged period of time and are not used in an invasive way. For example, going from table to table to hand out fliers or using a 2-3 foot banner that obstructs views across the room is considered invasive. Putting up an 8.5x11 inch sign with your game’s name and details while you are in the middle of your playtest or giving playtesters a flyer or opportunity to sign up for your email list during your feedback session is not considered invasive. Use your best judgement, and, when in doubt, ask event staff.


Alcohol is allowed, subject to all laws and rules. Drunkenness, Brawling, and General Rowdiness will be dealt with at the discretion of the organizers and/or venue staff.


In accordance with Venue Policy and Local Laws, there is no smoking in the venue.

Staff Instructions

Attendees must follow instructions and directions given to them by a Protospiel staff member or a venue employee. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the convention without a refund.

Lost or Stolen Items

Protospiel is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


The badge refund deadline is included in the description for each purchasable badge type on this website. After this date, refunds cannot be given with no exceptions. After the deadline, you may work with Protospiel staff to transfer your badge to another attendee’s name. You may not, however, sell your badge for profit.

For Protospiel Denver 2020 the badge refund cutoff date was set to February 29, 2020 at midnight MST.

Inappropriate Content

Explicitly sexual or gory imagery is considered inappropriate for this event. Please use discretion when presenting themes that may be considered offensive or disturbing to others.


No attendee shall harass a guest, staff member, volunteer, another attendee, or other individual present in the venue. Any such behavior may lead to expulsion from the convention and revocation of your badge without refund.

The convention reserves the right to remove any signage or individuals displaying or acting in a way it considers offensive or in disagreement with its policies and philosophy, including, but not limited to, any promotion of hate, religious/anti-religious proselytization, unauthorized solicitation of products or services, anti-feminism, or similar.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, political affiliation, body appearance, race, religion, or gender identity; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If you, as an attendee, feel harassed, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please go to the registration desk to report the incident to a Protospiel staff member as soon as possible, and we will address the situation.


Protospiel strives to create a safe and inclusive space that welcomes gamers from all walks of life. We hope to build a community space that includes all gamers.

We celebrate all races, ethnicities, body types, the full spectrum of genders, all sexual identities, and persons with all ranges of abilities and ability challenges. While this list of identities is not complete or perfect, we function with a spirit of inclusiveness.

We believe that a diverse range of experiences and perspectives is absolutely necessary in building a thriving and healthy gaming community. We welcome you to share your perspective and experiences with us at Protospiel.​

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to or collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

A Final Word

We ask that all attendees of Protospiel operate with the assumption of good intentions on the part of other gamers. Make new friends, game with enthusiasm, and enjoy the convention!