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Protospiel MN 2016 is officially in the history books! Thanks to everyone that came out and made this first year a huge success! We are already working on Protospiel MN 2017!

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Welcome to Protospiel Minnesota!

Where games come to be played & tested!

What Is A Protospiel Event?

If you are a game designer looking to get professional level feedback from other designers there is no better place to get that feedback. Games in all stages of completion are welcome. 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.

 

Attending Protospiel Events with The Game Crafter – Episode 12

 

Protospiel Milwaukee 2015 with The Game Crafter – Episode 15

 

  • Edward LinderEdward LinderTmjproductions

    What a great little Con. I had a blast. Everyone was friendly and kind. It was easy to jump into a game and provide feedback to the designers.

  • I find the entire idea of Protospiel brilliant - collaborative design, real work on every level to help make the best games move from concept to fully fledged. Spending time building games through test and feedback with peers is wonderful.

    And Protospiel - Minnesota perfectly realized that vision!

  • Nate

    I left wishing I could do that stuff full time. Discussing, critiquing, and working on games with like-minded designers and talent cultivates a surprising sense of community and kinship.

  • This was my first ever gaming convention of any kind, and I was blown away! The amount of knowledge contained in the gaming room was second to none, and it was freely shared. I was able to get some amazing feedback on my game, and the amount of gaming concepts that people had to showcase was also amazing. Top notch event, and a huge Thank You to everyone that helped to make this a reality.

  • Simply Great: Well organized, fantastic space, fun games, and inspiring designers.

  • Nicholas MarkgrafPawnJoker Games

    Worth all the money and the drive! Even though I only spent a few hours and played my games once, I met many great people and received what I felt was enough information to either validate the design or discovered the direction the game should go. I didn't get the opportunity to demo my next Kickstarter game, but that pales in comparison to all the data I obtained from the short time I was there!

  • I have never been to a Protospiel and didn't know what to expect. I was blown away by how helpful, supportive and fun the event was. Great job, Jeff, Matt, All Us Geeks, and Game Crafters. I will definitely attend another.

  • MARK MARUSKAMARK MARUSKA

    The insight I received from designers and playtesters at Protospiel MN surpasses the feedback I received from dozens of gamers who have played my prototype.

  • Cyrus KirbyCyrus KirbyFather Geek

    What makes a game great are the people you play with, but I now see that what makes a game even greater are the many people who make that game a possibility. Protospiel MN exemplified the best possible aspects of the gaming hobby, bringing people from all over, to sit at a table, with a single goal: create fun.

  • Marcus RossWater Bear Games

    I went to Protospiel with a game to refine and designed another one on the road there. When I left I'd put both games through their paces with quite a few enthusiastic playtesters. The ideas were free-flowing and revisions were able to be tested on the spot. Bottom line: I went home requesting quotes for production. I'm delighted to have made the time for Protospiel.

  • Don Eskridge

    Excellent time! This was my first protospiel, and first gaming con outside of BGG.CON and one visit to Essen. It was great to meet other designers, players and publishers. Looking forward to the next one already!

  • Kyla McTAtlas Games

    Protospiel was invaluable for enthusiastic and constructive criticism on games I'm working on. I can only playtest with my friends so much, not only do they get sick of the games eventually, but they also lack the designer's insight that so many Protospiel attendees have. I really loved playing other designer's games, too. And drinking ALL the hot chocolate. A great weekend was had!

  • Matthew WyattMatthew WyattTrinity Craft Games

    This year I had the privilege of attending my first Protospiel. It was unlike anything I've experienced before in gaming. If you like table top games you owe it to yourself to attend. If you are remotely serious about making a table top game, attendance is mandatory.

 

 

 

Registration:

$50 – Weekend Registration

$25 – 1-Day Registration

 

Designer registration includes bringing, working on, and showing your own prototypes for feedback.

 

Registration:

$10 – 1-Day or Full Weekend

 

A Game Tester registration includes enjoying 3 days of gaming while helping others with their design and development. We do ask that Game Testers refrain from showing their own prototypes.

* A Game Tester can turn a Game Tester registration in to a Game Designer registration at any time; and have their Game Tester registration fee count towards the Game Designer registration price.

If you represent a publisher that published games by at least two different freelance designers last year, you may qualify for a free Publisher Badge. Please use our Contact Form for more details.

If you are a member of the press and would like to cover our event, you may qualify for a free Press Badge. Please use our Contact Form for more details.

 

We are currently working on dates for 2017.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Lake Elmo, MN
8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/mqALf

The hotel is located just east of the I-94 & 494/694 interchange, smack dab in the middle of a fine example of Americana commercialism, with a ton of restaurants and shops … including a direct connection to the Machine Shed restaurant.

** Be sure to mention PROTOSPIEL MN to get special rates ($119/night) on rooms for this venue!

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Lake Elmo, MN

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Lake Elmo, MN
8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

 

The hotel is located just east of the I-94 & 494/694 interchange, smack dab in the middle of a fine example of Americana commercialism, with a ton of restaurants and shops … including a direct connection to the Machine Shed restaurant.

 

2016 Sponsors:


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Crafter Con inside GameHoleCon, Madison, WI

GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Midwest Tabletop Game Design FB Group

Origins, Columbus, OH

Protospiel, Chelsea, MI

Protospiel – Austin, Austin, TX

Protospiel – Australia