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 PS23.
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.
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 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.
Renegade will be looking for family-family+ weight games at Protospiel. No party games and nothing heavy.
Nauvoo will be looking for medium-weight strategy games with a unique twist that will make the game stand out in the market.
Adam's Apple Games will be looking for games with spectacular table presence and a unique component hook.