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bluepantherllc
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You're getting it here first....

Can't let Michigan and Texas have all the fun with Protospiel and Protospiel South.

So I am pleased to announce that there will be a Protospiel West in California. Strategicon (game conventions), the LA Playtesters Group and Blue Panther will be the event's sponsors.

It will be held Labor Day Weekend at the LAX Sheraton, running concurrently with Gateway, registration for Gateway gets you into Protospiel West. There is also a Protospiel West game designer badge for a nominal fee for those that would like to have their designs playtested. Playtesters and gamers of all stripes are also welcome to drop by for a game or for the whole con to try out the latest and greatest game designs.

Protospiel West is modelled after Protospiel in terms of its structure. It will be open playtesting, first come first served. Designers will get their designs tested and have the chance to give highly effective feedback to their peers. There will be seminars on getting published and Print-On-Demand games. We are working with local and national companies to ensure that game publishers will be there as well as game designers.

No promises, but it should be stated that Blue Panther has published more than one title that we first saw at Protospiel.

More details coming shortly at www.strategicon.net and www.bluepantherllc.com

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Wish...

bluepantherllc wrote:
Can't let Michigan and Texas have all the fun with Protospiel and Protospiel South. So I am pleased to announce that there will be a Protospiel West in California.

Wish there was a Protospiel "North" (as in Montreal/Canada)...

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Funny you said that

There is a Protospiel North in the works for Canada, i can't remember the city.

PM me your e-mail and i'll forward it to the organizer so he can fill you in.

P.S. There has also been talk of a Protospiel in London, yes Engand, so if anyone is interested let me know.

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Dralius wrote:
There is a Protospiel North in the works for Canada, i can't remember the city.

No news, I was just enquiring about an update.

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Protospiel West Particulars

Here are the details of Protospiel West.

We will be having some seminars - on Print-On-Demand, Submitting Game Designs to Publishers, and the Many Uses of Cards.

In addition to Blue Panther, representatives from Victory Point Games and Numbskull Games are expected to be in attendance.

Here is the full announcement......

Announcing Protospiel West – part of Strategicon’s Gateway 2011 Sept 2-5th at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel

Let’s Playtest Dude!

Protospiel West is a con within a con, for game designers, playtesters, publishers and fans of the new. Running concurrently with Gateway 2011, Protospiel West features dedicated time and space to game designers of all types of board games. We are here to help each other improve their games and have some fun while doing it.

When & Where is it?
Protospiel West will run from 6 PM Friday Sept 2 thru 11 PM Sunday, Sept 3rd as part of Strategicon – at the Sheraton Gateway LA Hotel located near LAX airport.

How is the event organized?
Protospiel West is organized similar to its forbear – Protospiel (now in its 11 th year in Ann Arbor Michigan) It’s all about testing games – it’s organized fairly loosely. First come first served for playtesters – if you sign up early, your game will be one of the first that gets playtested. The only thing we’re going to organize is the order in which games get tested. We will use sophisticated technology - “the whiteboard of playtest scheduling” to help us. Sessions will be based on when you register. Open playtesting at other times based on the number of players available and how many your game can accommodate. When we start publishing the list closer to the event we will ask for the name of your game(s), a brief description and the number of players you would like to help you.. When your time comes up, you can use a game you listed or any design you have ready to try out.

What Will I get out of Protospiel West?
As a game designer…
You will be in a room with a lot of people that share your passion – designing games. You are going to get more great feedback and improvements in one play at Protospiel West than you would in a whole bunch of other playtest sessions. To get your own designs to the table you need to sign up for a Protospiel West ribbon

As a playtester…
Protospiel West is open to all attendees of Strategicon. As a playtester, you can wander in and play some new designs. All we ask is that you stay to finish the game you agree to playtest.

As a publisher…
You will be exposed to new game designs by people who are serious about their creations. Several games from the SoCal Playtesters have gone on to publication. You will also have the opportunity to sit down and blind playtest any game designs in your pipeline. We are working on a list of publishers attending that we will publish closer to the event date.

Who are the sponsors?
Protospiel West is sponsored by Strategicon, Blue Panther LLC and the SoCal Playtesters Group. Strategicon provides the space, Blue Panther provides the organization and the swag (more on that later) and the SoCal Playtesters supply the time and encouragement to everyone who stops by, as well as many of the designs that will be playtested.

What should a game designer expect from a playtest session?
The answer to this question and the ones below on the Protospiel website was so good that we blatantly copied it (with their permission)
Game designers generally love to playtest games. They also give insightful feedback.

Here are a few things to remember when testing your game:
• Mention your design goals from the start. It helps playtesters to keep things in perspective and have accurate expectations.
• Be respectful of everyone's time. Anything you can do ahead of time to sort components, have summary cards available or even plan out how you'll teach the game will be greatly appreciated.
• We will have "playtest sheets" available. They have room for notes and signatures of playtesters.
• If it's clear a game is not working well, or that additional play isn't going to reveal much additional information, the best thing to do is stop early. You'll still get plenty of feedback and playtesters will appreciate your consideration.
• After a playtest session, fellow designers will share their thoughts about the game. Be open to their feedback, but make it clear what you're looking for. For example, do you want suggestions for rule changes or are you just looking for their thoughts on card distributions?

If you're participating as a playtester:
• Be aware of what the designer is looking for from the session. Don't offer suggestions on graphic design, for example, if it's clear the mechanics are his or her main concern.
• Take notes about the things you'd like to address while you're playing. Most of the time these comments should wait until the game is over.

Does everyone who attends Protospiel West have to have a game to playtest?
No. We understand completely that some designers won't have time to get their latest prototype ready for the event. They'll still find much to enjoy during the three days of playtesting, discussion and sessions.

However, we do want to make it clear that attendees should have some experience with designing and testing of games. Protospiel is a special event, where many designers devote a lot of their time and money to make the trip. They do this because Protospiel is meant to offer a different experience beyond what is normally accomplished in a playtest session. We want each attendee to enjoy the benefits of playtesting their game with like-minded people who have worked through the design process and can give the type of feedback that results from that experience. Because of this we are allowing designers to bring trusted people with them that can assist with this process.

How many games should I bring?
Bring as many as you feel comfortable hauling around! However, you'll be lucky to get two or three games playtested during the scheduled hours of the event. We make every effort to ensure everyone gets to play their first game before we start trying to fit in everyone's second game. Likewise with a third.

While, at first consideration, this may not seem like much time, keep in mind designers offer great information making it far more helpful than many other playtest sessions. Also, you learn a lot from presenters and from discussing the games of other designers while you help playtest them.

What stage of development should my games be in?
It's suggested that you bring games that have already been tested to some degree. Also, only bring a prototype that you're interested in improving. As you can imagine, there isn't time to play a game you've already completed or that has been in it's current state for years, but you're just dying to show everyone anyway!

When it comes to the components of your game, the quality of the prototype is not nearly as important as its functionality. However, be aware that some designers have very attractive prototypes! Don't be intimidated by really good looking prototypes. We are all in this because we like the range of creative challenges that game design offers - each person favors and expresses those challenges differently.

Did You Mention SWAG, Free Stuff, etc. ??
Yes, we did. Blue Panther, as one of the sponsors of Protospiel, will be providing free prototyping services to up to five people (retail value of up to $60 each) before the event. So, the earlier you sign up, the better your chance to get a free copy of your game done professionally. Blue Panther will also be offering some items useful to playtesters at the event, as well as a limited edition “Protospiel West 2011” laser engraved badge for all preregistered attendees. Make sure you spell your name right when you register for Gateway!
Other Stuff?
Yes, there is other stuff to mention.
If you are a member of the SoCal Playtesters Group, any games you test at Protospiel West will be treated like they were at Playtesters Corner at Gamex. That is, you will receive credit for any time you spend playtesting other folks’s games, but will not have credits deducted for playtesting your own games.
Food and drink are often part of gaming, but if a game designer asks you to keep the table clear of food and drink, please respect their wishes. Some prototypes take a long time to make and we don’t want to get them damaged.
Announcements regarding Protospiel West will be made on both Strategicon’s site www.strategicon.net and a dedicated page at Blue Panther’s site www.bluepantherllc.com/ProtospielWest.htm

See you in September!

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Protospiel North

Dralius wrote:
PM me your e-mail and i'll forward it to the organizer so he can fill you in.

MANY THANKS Dralius!!! I got the e-mail today and immediatly got my tickets to the event! ;)

I registered Quest Adventure Cards(tm) as one of the games to be play tested. Although we are a "published" product, we are still looking for "distribution" (Canada or the USA). So this event is VERY exciting!

I also got the Friday night access pass which will allow me to be there on the Friday night to demo the game with fellow game designers...

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questccg wrote:
Dralius wrote:
PM me your e-mail and i'll forward it to the organizer so he can fill you in.

MANY THANKS Dralius!!! I got the e-mail today and immediatly got my tickets to the event! ;)

I registered Quest Adventure Cards(tm) as one of the games to be play tested. Although we are a "published" product, we are still looking for "distribution" (Canada or the USA). So this event is VERY exciting!

I also got the Friday night access pass which will allow me to be there on the Friday night to demo the game with fellow game designers...

I hope you mean you are going to demo at the host convention. Protospiel is for playtesting and if you don’t intend to improve the game then it is the wrong place to play it. You should instead bring your next great game that still needs work. There should be some publishers there for you to speak with about distribution. The ones that attend the Ann Arbor event are always happy to advise newcomers.

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Open to kids

Dralius wrote:
I hope you mean you are going to demo at the host convention. Protospiel is for playtesting and if you don’t intend to improve the game then it is the wrong place to play it.

The convention is called "Hammercon III" and they are scheduling "Events" which are basically the time slots to play some of the registered games. Moreover they say that the "event" is open to children - not certain kids will be willing to give "feedback to improve your game". But our game is PERFECT for kids (9 to 13), so I think the kids may enjoy the experience...

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Drat. This is just a few

Drat. This is just a few hours down the road from me and I'd like to attend, but I've already got the tickets to DragonCon for that weekend.

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