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Madison, Wisconsin

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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

1 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53703, USA

Driving Directions

Web Site

(608) 261-4000

Call the reservations number at 1-877-510-7465 or 414-935-5941. If you do, then the Group Code is "PROTO", which you'll need to give them to get the group rate of $139 per night. You can make your reservation online using this link.

Protospiel Madison 2017

The country's best game design convention has come to Madison, Wisconsin. Welcome to Protospiel!

If you are a game designer looking to get professional level feedback from other designers there is no better place to get that feedback. With around 100 other designers in attendance you'll have the opportunity to play test your designs many times through-out the weekend. 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 also likely the best experience you'll have. You'll get to see dozens if not hundreds of new designs in a single weekend. Plus you'll get to shape them before they hit the shelves of stores or the pages of Kickstarter.

Tell Me More

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 break your game and to fix it. It doesn't matter what level of polish your game has. Many games are made right on the spot at Protospiel using the free prototyping materials provided by The Game Crafter. But there are also many games there that are just doing final testing just before they are published or put out on Kickstarter.


If you want to play games in any state of development, then Protospiel is for you. If you want to get your own designs played, then Protospiel is for you. If you are looking to come to promote a complete game and never play anybody else's game, then Protospiel is not for you.

Badges & Pricing

Here are the prices for attending Protospiel Madison:

Designer 3-Day Badge - $50

Designer 1-Day Badge - $25

Play Tester 3-Day Badge - $10

Publisher / Press Badge - Free

Get Your Badge

Badges may also be purchased at the door if we haven't sold out, but we sell out every year, so you're best bet is to get your badge early.

Food & Drink

We will be offering basic refreshments such as water, coffee, and fruit. And there are a number of restaurants and bars in a short walking distance (a couple blocks).


This will run like the traditional Protospiel, which is open design, collaboration, and play testing:

9am-Midnight Thursday - CrafterCon 2017

9am-6pm Friday - Registration open

Midnight Friday - Door close for the day

9am-Noon Saturday - Registration open

Midnight Saturday - Doors close for the day

9am-11am Sunday - Registration open

4pm Sunday - Convention ends


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

Hasbro Gaming Lab

The Game Crafter


We have lots of publishers in attendance at Protospiel Madison. Many are there scouting games, but even if they aren't looking for your game, the have a wealth of knowledge from the industry and their feedback is invaluable.

Adam's Apple Games

Adam's Apple Games

I am looking for games that thematically capture the modern American Dream that are lightweight, have a unique component, and are quick to teach.

Atlas Games

Atlas Games

We are looking for card games and light board games with modest components in the vein of Gloom, Three Cheers for Master, and Lost in R'leyh. So we're looking for smaller games that could be retailed for less than $40.

Grand Gamers Guild

Grand Gamers Guild

We focus on games that are playful & cleaver with a smattering of mischief. We aim for a variety of weights and themes in our line, so it is easier to say what we are NOT interested in: war games, word games, kids-only games, or games with highly dark or violent themes.

Leder Games

Leder Games

We looking for adventure games, particularly with a euro feel or that we can apply asymmetry too. We need designers to work on a few projects we are working on too.

Minion Games

Minion Games

Looking for meaty euros and titles that appeal to today's market, like co-ops.

Nauvoo Games

Nauvoo Games

We are looking for games that take 30-75 min with unique mechanics and choices. If it works well with a variety of player counts, that is a big bonus.

PieceKeeper Games

PieceKeeper Games

PieceKeeper Games is currently soliciting new game submissions.

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Looking for:

  • Unique mechanics
  • Light to medium games, 20-60 min
  • Family friendly
  • High replayability

Not Looking for:

  • CCGs, RPGs, wargames
  • Zombies, Horror
  • Party and trivia games
  • Twists on classic games
  • Generally not interested in fully co-operative games