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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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126. Board Game: Flatline [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:1539]
Board Game: Flatline
Carl Klutzke
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Carmel
Indiana
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127. Board Game: Covert [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1450]
Board Game: Covert
Carl Klutzke
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Carmel
Indiana
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128. Board Game: Pandemic: Rapid Response [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1915]
Board Game: Pandemic: Rapid Response
Carl Klutzke
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Carmel
Indiana
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129. Board Game: Gates of Delirium [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:7472]
Board Game: Gates of Delirium
Carl Klutzke
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Carmel
Indiana
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Playtested at Protospiel Indy 2018.
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130. Board Game: Rome: City of Marble [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:6826]
Board Game: Rome: City of Marble
Steven Dast
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Madison
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131. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:390]
Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad
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132. Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1812]
Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam
Steven Dast
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Madison
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Played with the developer, Seth Jaffee, in 2011
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133. Board Game: Rolling Freight [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2692]
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134. Board Game: Captains of Industry [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2897]
Board Game: Captains of Industry
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Played with the developer, Seth Jaffee, in 2012
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135. Board Game: Eminent Domain: Exotica [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Board Game: Eminent Domain: Exotica
Steven Dast
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Michigan, 2013
 
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136. Board Game: Aurochs [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Aurochs
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First appeared in 2013, Milwaukee
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137. Board Game: Copper Country [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:5651]
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First appeared in 2013, Milwaukee
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138. Board Game: Blend Off! [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:9090]
Board Game: Blend Off!
Steven Dast
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Madison
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This was more or less finished by the time I saw it in Madison, 2014
 
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139. Board Game: FUSE [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:634]
Board Game: FUSE
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Tested in Madison, 2014
 
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140. Board Game: Tales of Danger #1: Days of Discovery [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
Board Game: Tales of Danger #1: Days of Discovery
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Tested in Milwaukee, 2015
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141. Board Game: Unreal Estate [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:6650]
Board Game: Unreal Estate
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Played a more or less final version with the publisher in Chicago, 2016
 
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142. Board Game: End of the Line [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:8440]
Board Game: End of the Line
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Played in Minnesota, 2016
 
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143. Board Game: Telepathic [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Board Game: Telepathic
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In the interest of not letting forcing Carl to add his own game, I'll just drop this here. First appeared in Michigan, 2017, I believe. Nope... see below.
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144. Board Game: The Artemis Project [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1427]
Board Game: The Artemis Project
Daniel Rocchi
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Toronto
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Designers: Daryl Chow and Daniel Rocchi.


Played and pitched at Protospiel Chelsea.
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145. Board Game: Consumption: Food and Choices [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:4473]
Board Game: Consumption: Food and Choices
Karen Knoblaugh
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San Jose
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Tested in San Jose, CA
Published by Kolossal Games 2019
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146. Board Game: Schrödinger's Cat [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Schrödinger's Cat
Matthew Wyatt
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From Protospiel Madison to Kickstarter in 2019
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