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Started in 2001, Protospiel is a non-profit, open-source collaboration between designers to play test games. It occurs in over 5 locations each year from its origins in Michigan to the latest iteration happening in San Jose, CA in May 2014.

The focus of the event is on design, and 90% of the participants are designers, although the events are growing, and include an increasing number of regular play tester participants, publishers and special guests.

Of course, with more publishers attending and self-publishing methods becoming more viable, the list of games that have been Protospiel tested and later published is also growing. This is an attempt to catalog all the games in this unique club.

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This list is building from a 2009 geeklist, Games by Protospiel Geeks by Mark Goadrich. Thanks also to the Protospiel community over at Protospiel Facebook for all the titles. If I've missed any games, please add 'em!

Also, please add in the comments any stories, fun facts you can share about your game, how it changed, what Protospiel locations it was at, etc. It would be great to hear more about each game!

EDIT: I wrote an article on Protospiel for The League of Gamemakers. The article talks about a specific event now passed, but there's still lots of relevant quotes/links.


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51. Board Game: Akrotiri [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:622]
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52. Board Game: Tortuga [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:9753]
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53. Board Game: 1955: The War of Espionage [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:5781]
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54. Board Game: Dicey Curves [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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55. Board Game: Digger's Garden Match [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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56. Board Game: Garden Competition [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:4794]
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57. Board Game: Gene Pool [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5799]
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58. Board Game: You Must Be an Idiot! [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:10446]
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59. Board Game: Dawson City Barbers [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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60. Board Game: Gemstones [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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61. Board Game: Take Your Pick [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:11558]
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62. Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:787]
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63. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:187] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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64. Board Game: Planes [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:5021]
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65. Board Game: Who Stole the Cookie? [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:10945]
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66. Board Game: DragonFlame [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:5282]
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67. Board Game: Cosmic Kaboom [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:7587]
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68. Board Game: Perspective [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:10901]
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69. Board Game: Sun, Moon, & Stars [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:12518]
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70. Board Game: Saga of the Northmen [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:5372]
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71. Board Game: Paradox [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:3137]
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72. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:208]
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Designed by members of the League of Gamemakers, tested at two Celestispiels, Protospiel Milwaukee, and the San Jose Protospiel-Unpub.
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Energy Empire was signed by Minion Games in 2014, and will be published in 2016. It is a stand alone game, not an expansion.
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73. Board Game: Stockpile [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:310]
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74. Board Game: Letter Tycoon [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1952]
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I'm not sure it should count if I brought this to a Protospiel (San Jose 2014) and helped publish it. But that's where I got tons of great feedback that set this game down its course to print, so we're counting it!
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75. Board Game: Boomtown Bandits [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:6881]
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So proud of this game! Found it at Protospiel San Jose 2014. No offense to any other game there, but it was best in show thanks to Isaac Epp.
 
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