Protospiel Madison 2022


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Madison, Wisconsin

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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

1 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53703, USA

Time zone: America/Chicago (UTC {{ '2022-12-01 15:00:00' | timezone_offset: 'America/Chicago' }})

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  (608) 261-4000

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Protospiel Madison 2022

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

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.

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 - $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.

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).

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.

The Game Crafter

Mad Bingo Sponsors

Alderac Entertainment Group


Paverson Games

Left Justified Studio

Atlas Games

Amigo Games

Play All Day Games

Funhill Games

Featherstone Games

Castillo Games

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.

Alderac Entertainment Group

Alderac Entertainment Group

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

Paverson Games

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

Castillo Games

Castillo Games is looking for light to medium weight family games. Educational elements or historical themes are a plus!

Funhill Games

Funhill Games

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:

  • Light to Medium weight
  • Highly thematic
  • Cooperative or have lower levels of confrontation
  • Can accommodate large player counts (6+)