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Protospiel is an annual board game design conference now in its ninth year. It's a great place to meet other designers, playtest your games and have discussions about game design in general. More info about the conference can be found at the website http://www.protospiel.org on the registration and FAQ pages.

I attended from 2004-2007 and met a number of great people, from professionally published designers to those who design just for the love of their games. You'll find abstract, two-player card, deep strategy and party games all being tested concurrently. The conversations are always inspiring, and playtesting starts 8:30am and continues late into the night back at the hotel. If you're serious about board game design and want to improve your games, Protospiel is the place to be.

Here's a collection of past Protospiel attendees with games listed on the geek, with one game per person, although most have more currently in print. I have been unable to attend the past two years because of increased travel after my move to Louisiana, if I've missed anyone, I apologize, please add them to this list.

2001 : Charlottesville, VA
2002-2005 : East Lansing, MI
2006-2007 : Ann Arbor, MI
2008 : Okemos, MI
2009 : Ann Arbor, MI
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1. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1113]
Board Game: Balloon Cup
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Stephen Glenn
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Virginia Beach
Virginia
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Stephen Glenn was one of the Protospiel founding three. His game Balloon Cup was playtested at the first Protospiel event. He now hosts a separate game design PowWow in Virginia. He reported on the first Protospiel in the Games Journal article http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/Protospiele.shtml
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2. Board Game: What's It To Ya? [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:5609]
Board Game: What's It To Ya?
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
Arkansas
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Mike Petty
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Lapeer
Michigan
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Mike Petty is another founding Protospiel attendee, and is one of the current host in Michigan. His game What's It To Ya was listed in the 2005 Games 100 by Games Magazine. You can read his report on Protospiel 2002 at http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/Protospiel2002.shtml
 
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3. Board Game: Cluzzle [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:4247]
Board Game: Cluzzle
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
Arkansas
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Dominic Crapuchettes
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Dominic Crapuchettes rounds out the Protospiel Triumvirate. His game Cluzzle was playtested at an early Protospiel, and the newly released Wits and Wagers from North Star Games and Eagle Games was playtested last year.
 
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4. Board Game: HellRail: Third Perdition [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:7123]
Board Game: HellRail: Third Perdition
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
Arkansas
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James Droscha
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James Kyle is the creator of the piecepack game system and designer of Hell Rail (aka FrachtExpress). He's led excellent seminars on playtesting and self-publishing techniques in past years, and is one of the current Protospiel hosts. You can read his 2002 Protospiel report at http://www.glastyn.theroundhouse.com/Protospiel_2002.html
 
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5. Board Game: Bootleggers [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1437]
Board Game: Bootleggers
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
Arkansas
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Don Beyer
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Northville
Michigan
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Don Beyer rounds out the hosts for this year. He along with Ron Eifler and Steve Gross designed Bootleggers, recently published by Eagle Games.
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6. Board Game: Why Did the Chicken...? [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5917]
Board Game: Why Did the Chicken...?
Mark Goadrich
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Kory Heath
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Greenbelt
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Kory Heath, designer of Zendo and Why did the Chicken, has been an active participant in Protospiel for the past two year. Last year, he led two discussions, one on "Theme and Mechanics," the other on "Common Design Problems," and is an active promoter of elegance in game design.
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7. Board Game: Cannon [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:6318]
Board Game: Cannon
Mark Goadrich
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David Whitcher
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Manchester
Michigan
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David Whitcher is a self-published designer, selling his game Cannon through his PyroMyth Games website, where he also lists a number of free-to-download games.
 
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8. Board Game: MetaMemes [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: MetaMemes
Mark Goadrich
United States
Conway
Arkansas
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Kes Sampanthar
United States
Upton
Massachusetts
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Kes Sampanthar reported on his experience at Protospiel in the Games Journal Article http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/Protospiel2004.html. He has self-published his first game Metamemes, a creative idea association game, as an Early Adoption release.
 
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9. Board Game: The Patrons of Venice [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:11811]
Board Game: The Patrons of Venice
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Ken Stevens
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Toronto
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Ken Stevens is producing self-published games under his Toccata Games label. His on-demand published games have many bits and a strong "German-style" strategy bent. Ken's first two games are "The Patrons of Venice" and "Garden Competition."
 
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10. Board Game: Pulling Strings [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
Board Game: Pulling Strings
Mark Goadrich
United States
Conway
Arkansas
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Clark Rodeffer
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Ann Arbor
Michigan
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Clark Rodeffer, another Michigander, web-published his abstract games of Pulling Strings and Dino-Czars. His rules for "Piece Packing Pirates," which won the Solitary Confinement design competition for the piecepack system, can be found at http://www.piecepack.org/rules/PiecePackingPirates.pdf
 
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11. Board Game: The Penguin Ultimatum [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:6874]
Board Game: The Penguin Ultimatum
Stephen Glenn
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Virginia Beach
Virginia
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As I stated before, we played a prototype of this at James Kyle's house during Protospiel 2003. I hesitate to use the word "playtest", since it was in a very late stage of development. The game was, I think, basically done when we got our mitts on it.
 
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12. Board Game: Theophrastus [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:7312]
Board Game: Theophrastus
Mike Petty
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Lapeer
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Phil Chase joined us at the 2005 event. I didn't get to play his prototype(s), but I played a couple games with him. Glad to finally meet him!
 
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13. Board Game: Dicefest [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
Board Game: Dicefest
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Jon David Faeth
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Hilliard
Ohio
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Jon David Faeth joined in 2005 and has released his ironically named abstract strategy game Dicefest via the web at http://www.boardgamespiel.com/dicefest/
 
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14. Board Game: Port Dover [Average Rating:6.05 Unranked]
Board Game: Port Dover
Mark Goadrich
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Jeph Stahl
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Grimsby
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Jeph Stahl, longtime Protospiel attendee, has self-published Port Dover and distributed it for free at Great Lakes Games III.
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15. Board Game: FNAP [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked]
Board Game: FNAP
Mark Goadrich
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Buford
Georgia
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Andy Juell playtested his design for FNAP at Protospiel 2005, which is scheduled to be published in 2006 by Out of the Box and Pin International.
 
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16. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:605]
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Dominic Crapuchettes
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This game was first tested heavily with MBA friends but it made it debut to the gaming world at Protospiel 2003.
 
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17. Board Game: You Must Be an Idiot! [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:12370]
Board Game: You Must Be an Idiot!
Dominic Crapuchettes
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We must be idiots for over looking this game. Another cool design by the founder of Protospiel, Stephen Glenn.
 
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18. Board Game: Gene Pool [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:6793]
Board Game: Gene Pool
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Mark Goadrich self-published a limited edition of Gene Pool in summer 2006.
 
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19. Board Game: Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:11913]
Board Game: Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Greg Lam
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Boston
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Greg Lam, designer of Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine and publisher of Pair of Dice games, came from Boston in 2006 with a few new prototypes in hand.
 
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20. Board Game: The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:10963]
Board Game: The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
Arkansas
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Scott Starkey
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Dayton
Indiana
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Scott Starkey, a 2006 attendee, has designed The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch and is the illustrator for Eight Foot Llama games as well as Mike Petty's What's It To Ya?
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21. Board Game: Nobody but Us Chickens [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:5134]
Board Game: Nobody but Us Chickens
Mark Goadrich
United States
Conway
Arkansas
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Kevin Nunn, designer of Nobody But Us Chickens, joined us in 2006 and playtested an earlier incarnation of Duck Duck Go.
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22. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1178]
Board Game: Age of Renaissance
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
Arkansas
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Jared Scarborough
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Payson
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Jared Scarborough, co-designer of Age of Renaissance, attended in 2003 and returned in 2006.
 
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23. Board Game: High Stakes Drifter [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:16976]
Board Game: High Stakes Drifter
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Matt Forbeck
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Beloit
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Matt Forbeck was the Guest of Honor in 2006, giving a seminar on his experiences as a freelance game designer.
 
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24. Board Game: Central Pacific [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:15671]
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Mark Goadrich
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Steve Jones has been a regular at Protospiel for a few years and is now self-producing Central Pacific and a few other games. His new laser-powered wood engraving tool was the envy of many other attendees this year.
 
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25. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1057]
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Dominic Crapuchettes
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North Star Games designs party games that don't suck! Play them with your non-gamer friends over the holidays.
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First there was Hearts, then there was Spades, and now we bring you Clubs. The suit of clubs finally gets some respect!
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This was also tested at Protospiel (and the PowWow that happened once in Charlottesville).
 
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