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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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76. Board Game: Avignon: A Clash of Popes [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:5313] [Average Rating:6.49 Unranked]
John duBois
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Protospiel was huge in getting this title into a publishable state - it was where I was encouraged to move from a tile-based game to a card-based one.
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77. Board Game: Star Trek: Five-Year Mission [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2431]
John duBois
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This was tested at Protospiel Michigan in 2014 as "HMS Victory".
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78. Board Game: Flag Dash [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:8064]
 
Kirk Dennison
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This game was well-received at Protospiel Madison 2015. At the time, the game was titled "Capture!", but was later re-branded as Flag Dash. Flag Dash was self-published in March 2016.
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79. Board Game: Roll Player [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
Keith Matejka
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Middleton
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Was tested at Protospiel in Milwaukee in Spring of 2015. Designer Keith Matejka
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80. Board Game: Grifters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1802] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
George Jaros
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DeKalb
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Designers Jacob Tlapek and Dave Fulton

Tested at Protospiel Madison, 2014 - it was called You Dirty Rat at that time.

This was the first game I played at my very first Protospiel and I loved it. I vowed to back it on Kickstarter, and did, but it wasn't successful. Then I backed the second campaign, which looked like it was going to succeed, but barely. That was canceled, however, and the game was picked up by Indie Boards & Cards, renamed and rethemed to Grifters, had a pretty successful campaign, and is now one of my favorite games in my collection! [George Jaros - GJJ Games]
 
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81. Board Game: Flip Ships [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1372]
George Jaros
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DeKalb
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Tested at Protospiel Milwaukee in 2016. By Kane Klenko. This was called Star Wars Flip City at the time, I believe, and had a Star Wars theme.

While I didn't play this myself, I spent about a half hour watching a game be played and had fun just watching. [George Jaros - GJJ Games]
 
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82. Board Game: Cursed Court [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:3284]
George Jaros
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DeKalb
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Tested at Protospiel Madison 2016. By Andrew Hanson

This game was pretty complete and had already been signed when I played a variant that was being tested. I now have the published version in my collection and it's gone over very well with my game group the two times I've gotten it to the table so far. [George Jaros - GJJ Games]
 
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83. Board Game: Roll Player: Monsters & Minions [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
George Jaros
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DeKalb
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Tested at Protospiel Milwaukee 2017. By Keith Matejka
 
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84. Board Game: Stripes [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
George Jaros
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Tested at Protospiel Madison 2016. By Maxine Ekl
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85. Board Game: Muse [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1840] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
George Jaros
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Played at Protospiel Madison 2015. It was called AI then. By Jordan Sorenson
 
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86. Board Game: Envy [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
George Jaros
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DeKalb
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Tested at Protospiel Milwaukee 2017. By Beth Harris and Scott Harris
 
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87. Board Game: Starving Artists [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:3188]
George Jaros
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DeKalb
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Tested at Protospiel Madison 2015. By Mike Wokasch
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88. Board Game: Now Boarding [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:2150]
George Jaros
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Tested at a few Protospiels, including Chicago 2016. By Tim Fowers
 
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89. Board Game: Abandon Planet [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6204]
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Tested at Milwaukee 2016. By Don Eskridge
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90. Board Game: Shadowstar Corsairs [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:6796]
George Jaros
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Tested at Protospiel Madison 2014. By Ryan Wolfe
 
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91. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:983] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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92. Board Game: Parkies [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:8889]
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93. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead: Episode 2 – Adrift [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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94. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead: Lockdown [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:6526] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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95. Board Game: Hamlet Builder Pro [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked]
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96. Board Game: Kung Pao Chicken [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Playtested and promoted at Pacificon Protospiel 2017. Thank you Luke!
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97. Board Game: Cat Rescue [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:8119]
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Designer, Ta-Te Wu

Playtested and promoted at Protospiel San Jose 2018. Thank you Jeremey!
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98. Board Game: Pocket Ops [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:4174]
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Playtested at Protospiel Michigan 2016. The future publisher played it there and took a copy home.
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99. Board Game: Stroop [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5772]
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100. Board Game: Fleecing Olympus [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:13585]
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