Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53703, USA
You can book a room with the attached hotel here or by using code PROTO.
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.
To attend Protospiel Madison 2022 you are required to be vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated do not come or you will be turned away. No refunds will be processed for turning away people without the vaccine.
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.
Here are the prices for attending Protospiel Madison:
Designer 3-Day Badge - $65
Designer 1-Day Badge - $40
Play Tester 3-Day Badge - $15
Publisher / Press Badge - $2 (can't make them free)
Badges may also be purchased at the door if we haven't sold out, but we sell out every year, so your best bet is to get your badge early.
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).
We'll also have a cash bar at Protospiel Madison on Saturday night from 6pm to 10pm.
This will run like the traditional Protospiel, which is open design, collaboration, and play testing:
9am-Midnight Thursday - Crafter Con
9am-6pm Friday - Registration open
Midnight Friday - Door close for the day
9am-Noon Saturday - Registration open
6pm-10pm Saturday - Cash Bar
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.
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.
AEG has been transforming over the past several years to focus on board, card and dice games. We’ve created huge hits like Smash Up and Love Letter, and recent innovative games like Mystic Vale, Valley of the Kings, Automobiles, Istanbul, Thunderstone, and Dice City.
Paverson Games is an indie board game publisher focusing on rich, thematic and aesthetic game experiences rooted in medium-weight mechanics and strategy. With titles such as Distilled (Kickstarter 2021) and the forthcoming Luthier, the studio is seeking similar designs that would stand out as unique offerings representing the Paverson Games brand.
Castillo Games is looking for light to medium weight family games. Educational elements or historical themes are a plus!
Funhill Games is a publisher of Biblically themed board games. We have had two releases, "Kings of Israel", and "Wisdom of Solomon", and have plans to publish a new game annually. Currently, we are on the lookout for new Biblically themed games, in particular those that are: