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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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1. Board Game: Balloon Cup added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:01:48
2. Board Game: What's It To Ya? added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:02:16
3. Board Game: Wits & Wagers added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:03:00
4. Board Game: Say Anything added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:08:18
5. Board Game: Cluzzle added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:02:42
6. Board Game: Nitro Dice added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:04:56
7. Board Game: Tahiti added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:12:56
8. Board Game: Bootleggers added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:03:36
9. Board Game: HellRail: Third Perdition added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:03:54
10. Board Game: Why Did the Chicken...? added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:04:36
11. Board Game: MetaMemes added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:05:23
12. Board Game: The Patrons of Venice added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:05:44
13. Board Game: Pulling Strings added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:06:05
14. Board Game: Port Dover added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:06:30
15. Board Game: Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000 added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:06:54
16. Board Game: Restaurant Row added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:07:15
17. Board Game: FNAP added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:07:39
18. Board Game: The Penguin Ultimatum added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:08:02
19. Board Game: Central Pacific added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:09:12
20. Board Game: High Stakes Drifter added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:09:29
21. Board Game: Nobody but Us Chickens added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:10:12
22. Board Game: duck! duck! Go! added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:10:36
23. Board Game: The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:10:54
24. Board Game: Venture Forth added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:12:34
25. Board Game: Nanuk added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:14:46
26. Board Game: Prolix added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:15:26
27. Board Game: Battle Merchants added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:15:42
28. Board Game: The Manhattan Project added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:11:58
29. Board Game: Dead Men Tell No Tales added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:17:40
30. Board Game: Mad City added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:31:33
31. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:18:22
32. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:19:10
33. Board Game: Castellan added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:19:56
34. Board Game: Kingdom of Solomon added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:19:36
35. Board Game: Belfort: The Expansion Expansion added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:22:39
36. Board Game: Potions Level 1 added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:23:49
37. Board Game: The Aberrant Apothecary added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:24:17
38. Board Game: The Walled City: Londonderry & Borderlands added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:24:35
39. Board Game: Bullfrogs added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:27:17
40. Board Game: Chaos added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:28:23
41. Board Game: Gone Viking! added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:28:38
42. Board Game: Give It to the King! added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:27:41
43. Board Game: Hegemonic added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:29:54
44. Board Game: Santorini added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:30:22
45. Board Game: Scoville added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:29:33
46. Board Game: RARRR!! added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:29:13
47. Board Game: Aether Magic added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:32:26
48. Board Game: Dig Down Dwarf added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 03:34:15
49. Board Game: Wok Star added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 12:20:08
50. Board Game: Zoodlums added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 12:25:47
51. Board Game: Akrotiri added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 15:55:16
52. Board Game: Tortuga added by pvaughan on 2014-05-01 15:56:20
53. Board Game: 1955: The War of Espionage added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 13:44:41
54. Board Game: Dicey Curves added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 13:47:12
55. Board Game: Digger's Garden Match added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 13:47:59
56. Board Game: Garden Competition added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 13:48:48
57. Board Game: Gene Pool added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 13:49:19
58. Board Game: You Must Be an Idiot! added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 13:51:13
59. Board Game: Dawson City Barbers added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 13:59:16
60. Board Game: Gemstones added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 14:00:00
61. Board Game: Take Your Pick added by SirValence on 2014-05-02 14:01:28
62. Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom added by RPGShop on 2014-05-02 21:16:55
63. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena added by RPGShop on 2014-05-02 21:18:27
64. Board Game: Planes added by Game Geek on 2014-05-03 11:13:38
65. Board Game: Who Stole the Cookie? added by msdtt on 2014-07-19 16:01:29
66. Board Game: DragonFlame added by RPGShop on 2015-09-10 12:27:50
67. Board Game: Cosmic Kaboom added by RPGShop on 2015-09-10 12:28:15
68. Board Game: Perspective added by RPGShop on 2015-09-10 12:29:34
69. Board Game: Sun, Moon, & Stars added by RPGShop on 2015-09-10 12:30:06
70. Board Game: Saga of the Northmen added by RPGShop on 2015-09-10 12:30:37
71. Board Game: Paradox added by Opie on 2015-09-10 17:42:50
72. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire added by LL Games on 2015-09-10 23:48:18
73. Board Game: Stockpile added by pvaughan on 2015-09-11 02:58:38
74. Board Game: Letter Tycoon added by pvaughan on 2015-09-11 03:00:24
75. Board Game: Boomtown Bandits added by pvaughan on 2015-09-11 03:01:43
76. Board Game: Avignon: A Clash of Popes added by JohnduBois on 2016-02-12 08:41:05
77. Board Game: Star Trek: Five-Year Mission added by JohnduBois on 2016-02-12 08:44:07
78. Board Game: Flag Dash added by kirklandsigs on 2016-06-08 10:57:14
79. Board Game: Roll Player added by kmatejka on 2016-06-08 22:41:28
80. Board Game: Grifters added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:09:54
81. Board Game: Flip Ships added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:11:10
82. Board Game: Cursed Court added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:12:18
83. Board Game: Roll Player: Monsters & Minions added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:14:01
84. Board Game: Stripes added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:15:16
85. Board Game: Muse added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:16:33
86. Board Game: Envy added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:18:33
87. Board Game: Starving Artists added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:19:40
88. Board Game: Now Boarding added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:21:00
89. Board Game: Abandon Planet added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:22:11
90. Board Game: Shadowstar Corsairs added by gjjaros on 2018-04-03 23:24:36
91. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead added by rizendefrag on 2018-04-04 00:34:34
92. Board Game: Parkies added by rizendefrag on 2018-04-04 00:34:54
93. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead: Episode 2 – Adrift added by rizendefrag on 2018-04-04 00:35:16
94. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead: Lockdown added by rizendefrag on 2018-04-04 00:35:36
95. Board Game: Hamlet Builder Pro added by rizendefrag on 2018-04-04 00:36:26
96. Board Game: Kung Pao Chicken added by tatewu on 2018-04-04 10:22:21
97. Board Game: Cat Rescue added by tatewu on 2018-04-04 10:23:57
98. Board Game: Pocket Ops added by otherworldgames on 2018-04-04 17:48:31
99. Board Game: Stroop added by OHmysteries on 2018-04-07 09:18:14
100. Board Game: Fleecing Olympus added by OHmysteries on 2018-04-07 09:20:53
101. Board Game: The Primary added by MountaintopGames on 2018-04-19 21:33:10
102. Board Game: Dual Powers: Revolution 1917 added by gjjaros on 2019-01-25 11:01:46
103. Board Game: Rurik: Dawn of Kiev added by gjjaros on 2019-01-25 11:03:08
104. Board Game: Last Word Standing added by rjcurrie on 2019-09-14 15:40:31
105. Board Game: Lockup: A Roll Player Tale added by kmatejka on 2019-09-14 18:06:20
106. Board Game: Dwellings of Eldervale added by LL Games on 2019-09-17 23:59:37
107. Board Game: Cartographers added by SageClock on 2019-09-18 09:19:41
108. Board Game: One Small Step added by NapTown Jim on 2019-09-18 09:52:27
109. Board Game: The Reckoners added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 10:55:34
110. Board Game: Pluto Attacks! added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 10:58:34
111. Board Game: Return to Dark Tower added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:03:06
112. Board Game: Bird Feeder Frenzy added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:04:09
113. Board Game: Brilliance added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:08:48
114. Board Game: Endangered added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:10:02
115. Board Game: CrossTalk added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:11:21
116. Board Game: Cupcake Empire added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:12:42
117. Board Game: Trade on the Tigris added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:13:32
118. Board Game: BEEEEES! added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:15:45
119. Board Game: Gearworks added by kirklandsigs on 2019-09-18 11:22:20
120. Board Game: Evolution added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:27:00
121. Board Game: Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:31:09
122. Board Game: Dragon Tides added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 11:31:54
123. Board Game: Video Vortex added by SirValence on 2019-09-18 14:30:33
124. Board Game: Siege of Sunfall added by bout0046 on 2019-09-18 20:03:58
125. Board Game: Knock Knock added by trinitycraft on 2019-09-19 07:13:51
126. Board Game: Flatline added by SirValence on 2019-09-19 12:59:42
127. Board Game: Covert added by SirValence on 2019-09-19 13:00:46
128. Board Game: Pandemic: Rapid Response added by SirValence on 2019-09-19 13:01:19
129. Board Game: Gates of Delirium added by SirValence on 2019-09-20 15:16:31
130. Board Game: Rome: City of Marble added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 21:36:57
131. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 21:39:00
132. Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 21:45:21
133. Board Game: Rolling Freight added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 21:49:07
134. Board Game: Captains of Industry added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 21:52:47
135. Board Game: Eminent Domain: Exotica added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 21:55:14
136. Board Game: Aurochs added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 22:02:48
137. Board Game: Copper Country added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 22:04:55
138. Board Game: Blend Off! added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 22:09:50
139. Board Game: FUSE added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 22:11:14
140. Board Game: Tales of Danger #1: Days of Discovery added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 22:14:02
141. Board Game: Unreal Estate added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 22:16:36
142. Board Game: End of the Line added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 22:19:46
143. Board Game: Telepathic added by Callipigus on 2019-11-03 22:24:39
144. Board Game: The Artemis Project added by DarkCelt on 2019-11-04 09:34:59
145. Board Game: Consumption: Food and Choices added by Karenv731 on 2019-11-04 09:40:22
146. Board Game: Schrödinger's Cat added by trinitycraft on 2020-01-01 20:08:24