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Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Venue

Kappa Delta Pi

3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA


Driving Directions

Web Site

800-284-3167

Please park in the lot on the north side of KDP. Overflow parking is available in the lot east of the building or the Kiwanis lot (north across Woodview Trace).

Use entrance #3 on the west side of KDP for direct access to the large conference room.

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Protospiel Indy 2019

The country's best game design conference 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.

Tell Me More

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.

Want Even More Details?

Carl's mug shot

Protospiel Indy is organized by Carl Klutzke. If you see me, please introduce yourself!

The Protospiel Milwaukee website has an informative FAQ page.

The Protospiel group on Facebook is a great place to connect with Protospiel enthusiasts.

Protospiel.events has info about various regional Protospiels. Protospiel.org is the home page of the original Protospiel, held each July in Chelsea, Michigan.

Also, if you're in the Indianapolis area, join the Indianapolis Tabletop Game Creators on Facebook or on Meetup.com! We meet to playtest on the third Saturday afternoon of each month.

Badges & Pricing

Here are the prices for attending Protospiel Indy:

  • Send us your Indy Design Week receipt for 40% off any badge! (See Below)
  • Designer 3-Day Badge - $60, or $50 if you register by May 6th!
  • Designer Friday-Only Badge - $25
  • Designer Saturday-Only Badge - $30
  • Designer Sunday-Only Badge - $20
  • Playtester 3-Day Badge - $10
  • Press Badge - Contact us to request a free badge.
  • Publisher Badge - If you have published a game which you did not design, contact us to request a free badge.

Partnership - Indy Design Week!

This year we are partnering with Indy Design Week, May 12th-19th, a city-wide celebration of all things design! Use discount code LOVE-INDY-DESIGN when you register at http://2019.indydesignweek.com/. Send us your Indy Design Week receipt for 40% off any Protospiel Indy badge.

Indy Design Week

Venue

Protospiel Indy 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.

Lodging

Hotels nearby include:

Schedule

The event will run according to the traditional Protospiel structure, which is open design, collaboration, and play testing:

  • Friday 9am-6pm - Registration open
  • Friday 11:45pm - Doors close for the day
  • Saturday 9am-3pm - Registration open
  • Saturday 11:45pm - Doors close for the day
  • Sunday 9am-11am - Registration open
  • Sunday 4pm - Conference ends

Policies

See our attendance policy page for details.

Sponsors

These great companies make sure you have the best possible experience at Protospiel Indy.

The Game Crafter The Game Crafter provides print-on-demand services for tabletop game designers. They are a long-time supporter of many Protospiels.

The Game Preserve The Game Preserve is a great chain of game stores in Indiana, and they provide meeting space for the Indy Tabletop Game Creators group. They are sponsoring Saturday coffee service again this year.

Indie Boards & Cards Indie Boards & Cards publishes great games like Aeon's End, The Resistance, and Flash Point: Fire Rescue. They are a returning sponsor this year.

Kolossal Games Kolossal Games publishes great games like Western Legends, Kami-sama, and the upcoming Papillon.

Man vs Meeple Man vs Meeple is the "go-to" channel for anything and everything you're interested in when it comes to board games.

GravityDrive GravityDrive provides UX research, design, evaluation, and support services to help your products drive a great user experience. They are a returning sponsor this year.

Publishers Attending

To be announced!