St. Louis, Missouri
February 10-12, 2023 Protospiel St. Louis is having its innagural convention!
If you're a game designer looking to get professional level feedback from other designers, there is no better place to get that feedback.
If you're a gamer who likes to try out new things, then Protospiel is the place for you. You'll get to see dozens of new designs in a single weekend. Plus you'll get to shape them before they hit the store shelves or the pages of Kickstarter.
Protospiel is a casual event where amateur and established game designers get together to test their game prototypes in a supportive, cooperative environment. It's a great way to break your game and to fix it. Don't worry about the appearance of your game. It isn't nearly as important as the functionality. Some prototypes will be highly polished, but that's not what's important at Protospiel. Our goal is to help you make great games!
It goes without saying but we'll say it anyway, if you're sick (whether it's Covid-19 or not) please stay home and take care of yourself. You'll be taking care of your fellow gamers as well. We thank you.
As of now, masks will be optional. This is subject to change based on state and local mandates in effect at the time.
Milwaukee's Protospiel website has a great FAQ page
Tabletop.Events is a great place to find Protospiels and Other Game Conventions
Don't forget the Protospiel Group on Facebook
STL-Bingo will be making its debut!
Badges & Pricing Here are the prices for attending Protospiel STL 2023:
Designer WEEKEND Badge - $35
Designer DAY Badge - $20
Play Tester WEEKEND Badge - $10
Play Tester DAY Badge - $5
Press Badge - Complimentary / Email email@example.com
Publisher Badge - Complimentary / To qualify for a free Publisher's Badge you must have published two games by designers other than yourself within the last two years and are actively looking for another game design. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the type(s) of games you're looking for in your request.
Badges may be purchased at the door with cash, PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, or credit card. No checks will be accepted.
Tabletop.Event fees will be added to all badge prices.
Last day to refund your badge is February 1.
We'll be offering a light snack and drink service throughout the event.
There are also several restaurants nearby. There will also be a list of places that will deliver to the Miniature Market location.
The event is not located at a hotel. There are a few close to choose from:
Holiday Inn St. Louis - Creve Coeur, Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Creve Coeur, Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis West County,
Parking is free at the hotels and at Miniature Market.
This will run like the traditional Protospiel, which is open design, collaboration, and play testing. The room will be open as follows:
The guiding principle is for designers to reciprocate other designers' time and feedback by playing each other's games. For example, if you need three play testers for your game, you should try to play three other designer's games before the event ends. This is not a hard and fast rule, but the event works best when everyone tries to follow it.