The country's best game design convention is coming to Indianapolis!
If you are a game designer looking for professional-level feedback, this is where you want to be. There will be around 50 other designers for you to learn from as they playtest your designs and you playtest theirs. 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 amazing. You'll see dozens of new designs in a single weekend. And your input will help 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 tabletop game prototypes in a supportive, cooperative environment. It's a great way to find where your game breaks and how to make it even better.
Don't worry about the appearance of your game: it isn't as important as the functionality. Some prototypes will be polished, others will be pencil scrawls on note cards. Either way, we'll help you make your game great!
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. If you are looking to promote a complete game and not play anyone else's prototypes, Protospiel is NOT the event for that.
The Protospiel Milwaukee website has an informative FAQ page.
Protospiel.events has info about various regional Protospiels.
Protospiel.org is the home page of the original Protospiel, currently held in Chelsea, Michigan.
Join the Protospiel group on Facebook!
If you're in the Indianapolis area, join the Indianapolis Tabletop Game Design and Test Group!
Here are the prices for attending Protospiel Indy 2018:
Badges may be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. No checks will be accepted.
Protospiel Indy 2018 will be held in the large conference room at Kappa Delta Pi headquarters, on the north side of Indianapolis (near the iconic Pyramids). Outside food is allowed, but there is a strict no-alcohol policy. There are several restaurants nearby. Parking is free.
Hotels nearby include:
The event will run according to the traditional Protospiel structure, which is open design, collaboration, and play testing: