Protospiel Indy 2024

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Time zone: America/New_York (UTC {{ '2024-05-24 12:00:00' | timezone_offset: 'America/New_York' }})

Location

Noblesville, Indiana

Venue

Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds

2003 Pleasant St, Noblesville, IN 46060, USA

Time zone: America/New_York (UTC {{ '2024-05-24 12:00:00' | timezone_offset: 'America/New_York' }})

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  317-776-0854

Enter the main parking lot from the east, off of Clover Road, or from the north, off of Pleasant Street. Park east of the main Exhibition Center building. Go to Hall A, on the southeast side of the Exhibition Center.

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Protospiel Indy 2024!

The world's best game design convention is returning to Indianapolis for its fifth year!

If you are a tabletop game designer seeking professional-level feedback, this is where you want to be. You'll learn from dozens of other designers as they playtest your designs and you playtest theirs. You'll make friends with fun and interesting people and help each other succeed.

If you're a gamer who likes to try new things, Protospiel is amazing. You'll try out dozens of new designs in a single weekend. And your input will help shape them before they hit store shelves or launch on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter.

How Does It Work?

Protospiel is a casual event where you bring your board or card game prototype to be playtested by amateur and established game designers, playtesters, and publishers in a supportive, cooperative environment. It's the best possible way to find where your game needs work and how to make it even better. And collaborating with other game designers to improve each others' games is the best possible way to grow your skill as a game designer.

Don't worry too much about the appearance of your prototype: it isn't as important as how it plays. Some prototypes you'll see will be polished and nearly ready to publish. But others will be thrown together on the spot from free prototyping materials provided by The Game Crafter. Either way, add your game to the Prototypes list and we'll help you make it great!

What makes Protospiel work is for designers to share their time and expertise by playing each other's games. For example, if three designers playtest your game, you should try to play three other designer's games before the event ends. This isn't a formally enforced rule, but the event works best for everyone when people follow it.

Other than that, there's not much structure: Show up, introduce yourself, sit at a table, play some games. There are no scheduled events, just a room full of tables for people to share. Check the Prototypes list for designs that you particularly want to try, but be prepared to try anything. Take some time to chat, and grab a meal with some other folks whenever it's convenient. Go to sleep when you're tired and come back the next day.

If you want to help designers improve games in any state of development, Protospiel is for you. If you want lots of informed insight on how to improve your game design and grow as a game designer, Protospiel is for you. If instead you are more interested in promoting your completed game and getting market feedback, you're probably thinking of a different event.

Additional Info

The Current community news published an article about Protospiel Indy's fifth year.

Here are some of our best playtesting tips.

Stan Kordonskiy, organizer of Protospiel Milwaukee, has created a couple of informative videos: What is Protospiel? and Protospiel Feedback.

The Published Protospiels list on BoardGameGeek lists over 150 published games that were playtested at Protospiel events.

Protospiel.events has info about various regional Protospiels.

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

Also, if you're in the Indianapolis area, join the Indy Tabletop Game Creators! We meet to playtest at least once a month, usually on the third Saturday afternoon.

Policies

At sign-in you will be required to indicate that you agree to comply with the policies of the convention. You must read these convention policies before you buy a badge.

Badges & Pricing

Here are the prices for attending Protospiel Indy:

  • Designer 3-Day Badge - $65, or $50 if you register by May 3rd!
  • Playtester 3-Day Badge - $15
  • Publisher Badge - If you have published a game which you did not design, contact us to request a free badge.
  • Sponsor Badge - Contact us about opportunities to promote your brand.
  • Press Badge - Contact us to request a free badge.

Tabletop.Events fees will be added to all badge prices.

A limited number of badges will be available for purchase at the door with cash or credit card. Checks will not be accepted.

Venue

Protospiel Indy will be held in Exhibit Hall A at the Hamilton County 4-H fairgrounds in Noblesville, Indiana. Outside food is allowed, but there is a strict no-alcohol policy. There are several restaurants nearby. Parking is free.

Note that one of the world's largest sporting events will be held in Indianapolis this same weekend. If you will need a place to sleep BOOK IT NOW.

Schedule

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

  • Friday 8am-6pm - Registration open
  • Friday 11:45pm - Doors close for the day
  • Saturday 8am-3pm - Registration open
  • Saturday 11:45pm - Doors close for the day
  • Sunday 8am-1pm - Registration open
  • Sunday 4pm - Convention ends

Sponsors

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

Indy Tabletop Game Creators Indy Tabletop Game Creators is a group based out of central Indiana that helps game designers and play testers to create great tabletop games together. They organize Protospiel Indy.

The Game Crafter The Game Crafter (TGC) is the world’s first web-to-print game publishing company and offers a print on demand game publishing service. TGC empowers game designers around the world by allowing them to make a board game, card game, and custom playing cards through a website. They are a long-time supporter of many Protospiels.

The Game Preserve The mission of The Game Preserve is to delight our customers and attract new ones by operating game stores which offer outstanding selection, expertise, and organization, and which practice kindness as their most important value. They are a returning refreshment sponsor this year.

Kolossal Games The mission of Kolossal Games is to create memorable experiences for families and friends to connect and to give designers and artists the means for their creations to shine in a welcoming and collaborative environment. They are a returning refreshment sponsor this year.

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.

Topshot Games The mission of Topshot Games is to make family friendly, earth conscious, and fun dice and board games. Our goal is to give your friends and family a memorable and entertaining tabletop experience. They are a returning sponsor this year.

Publishers

These publishers are planning to attend Protospiel Indy.

The Dietz Foundation The Dietz Foundation began in July 2018, created by Jim Dietz, with the dream of making a difference in American society by helping teachers learn alternative means of education in the classroom; endowing scholarships at high schools for students going into education; endowing scholarships at the collegiate level for students pursuing teaching certificates; and teaching the general public through the play of games. They publish great games like Kremlin, Sharks! and Off with His Head!

Van Ryder Games The mission of Van Ryder Games is "Be Creative, Have Fun, Build Relationships". They publish great games like Final Girl, Detective: City of Angels, and Hostage Negotiator.

Czech Games Edition Czech Games Edition are a group of people who love board games and enjoy creating entertainment for players like they are. They publish great games like Through the Ages, Lost Ruins of Arnak, Codenames, and Tzolk'in.