Designer Dinner, How the Raffle Works


Four things to know:

1. Volunteers Power Protospiel

2. Designer Dinner and Mixer

3. How the Raffle Works

4. Thanks to Jinxbot

A Call for Volunteers


Protospiel San Jose is not for profit. Each year the budget is posted publicly on the website. How well the event turns out due to the efforts our awesome volunteers and contributors. Once again, we need your help to staff the Welcome table/registration desk.

The most important spot at Protospiel is the Welcome table. Volunteers at the table make sure everybody gets a name tag or badge to make conversations and feedback easier (this is also how we count total attendance). They also explain how Protospiel works to new guests. If you are willing to help staff the welcome table please reach out to our volunteer coordinator Jonathan Grothe at

Thank you!

Designer Dinner and Mixer (Optional)


Meet other designers over dinner and talk some shop. There will be happy hour specials available and a full menu of food. Seating is limited to 42 people; please RSVP below.


Friday, October 11, 5-7 pm

Pop in and out at your discretion during the two hour window.


Fairchilds Public House (inside the Hyatt Centric)

409 San Antonio Rd

Mountain View, CA 94040

(Around the corner Game Kastle)

Please RSVP here:

How the Raffle Works


Please fill out a name tag or pick up your player badge as you come in.

The raffle will work a bit differently this year than in past years.

Roughly every hour we will do a raffle where we pull table numbers. Everyone playing a game at a table number that is drawn will win a raffle prize (except the designer). All players at a winning table will be given a card that they can redeem for a raffle prize anytime that same day. We will have volunteers posted at the prize table to help you out.

For a designer to win, they have to be playing a game at another designers table :-)

In addition, we will pull badge numbers throughout the weekend to win a raffle prize. Anyone who registers for a free player badge will have additional chances to win.

Remind your friends they can sign up for free player badges here:

Sponsor: Jason Reynolds of Jinxbot


Jinxbot 3D Printing is a popular 3D Printing as a Services business in the Bay Area. Jinxbot prints for the general public, Small to Medium sized Business (SMBs) and large companies as well. Part of their success is their quick turn around times (usually about 24hrs), local pickups, friendly service, and the quality of the parts. If you want to get some cool custom bits or minis printed for your game, catch Jason at Protospiel.

Thanks to Jinxbot for sponsoring #ProtospielSJ!



VIP Players, Game Listings

Four things to know:

1. Grab a VIP Player badge

2. Add your design to the game list

3. Industry Guest: Sarah of Panda GM

4. Thanks to B&B Games

Get VIP Player badge, get a nice thank you.

If you get a VIP player badge, when you pick up your badge on site you can choose from a variety of games as your VIP player bonus. Note that the quantities we have for each game is limited and first come first serve.

The games are provided to Protospiel as a thank you to VIP players for helping pitch in to cover the costs of the event. Consider getting a VIP player badge for yourself or a friend.

Designers, Add your games to the public list.

Please add your games to the prototype database. Doing so will give players a chance to look for games they want to play ahead of time. After the event when somebody is trying to remember the name of the game they played to contact you, they can find your game on the prototype list.

Having your game in the system also allows players to rate that game and leave feedback after playing it.

To list your games, use this link to get to the prototype page. Scroll to the bottom and look for "List Your Prototype".

Industry Guest: Sarah Graybill

Sarah Headshot.jpg

Sarah Graybill

Panda Game Manufacturing

Panda Game Manufacturing is a tabletop game manufacturer with a focus on industry-leading component quality and service. Panda produces thousands of tabletop game titles for clients around the world. From award winning publishers to independent game designers and from simple card games to elaborate miniature-based board games, Panda turns concepts into reality. Making high quality games is our passion!

Sarah Graybill is a Project Manager focused on guiding small and first-time publishers through the board game manufacturing process from start to finish. She prides herself on providing component and production guidance to maximize quality and enhance gameplay while managing costs.

Learn more about Panda and get a quote for your game at

Thanks to B&B Games


Floyd Lu

B&B Games

B&B games studio was founded in 2016 with a simple task in mind, to publish books and boardgames. Though the company is registered in Nevada, the heart remains in the bay area, where Floyd designs and develops games. B&B is known for publishing easy to play, cinematic style games, with a focus on miniature quality.

A big thank you to B&B for sponsoring #ProtospielSJ



Asking for your help. Offer from Print & Play

Please Help Spread the Word

I have a favor to ask you. Please help spread the word for the event. The more players we can get, the better for everyone involved. We have a lot of raffle prizes as a thank you for the people who come to test games. 

Attached are some printable flyers and cards. Take them to your local game night or post one up at work. Your friends and co-workers get to help out the local board game community and win games for doing so.

PDF Flyer

PDF Cards (Business card size)

Special Offer from Print & Play


Print & Play is going to be back at our favorite Prototospiel! Stop by our booth, talk to us about prototyping, publishing and more! We'll be around all weekend, playing games and answering questions.

Print & Play is offering free delivery for the show!

Order by September 27th, use coupon code “ConventionDelivery” , and mention "San Jose Protospiel" in the order notes. We can do everything from boards to custom bits to cards to flyers and everything in between. We'll get you your prototype(s) when the show starts on Friday.




Hotel Block Info - Hyatt Centric

The Hyatt Centric is a brand new hotel that just opened in the same complex as Game Kastle Mountain View. They are hosting our hotel block this year for a group rate of $149 a night.

The rate is $149/night for one person + $10/night for each additional guest

Room options are: 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 1 King Bed (plus sofa bed)

All the rooms above are the exact same price for the hotel block. The price is dependent on the number of people staying in the room.

Dates available: October 10-15, 2019

Use this link to get the discounted block rate:

Group code (it should autofill): G-PBGC

You can also book with Hyatt Reservations at 1-800-233-1234.

If are late in booking and you get a 'no availability' response when trying to book, please reach out and we can work with the hotel to try and add rooms to the block.

The last day to book rooms in the hotel block is Thursday, September 26th.


The hotel has a board game library for guests. Protospiel San Jose alumni pooled together to populate the library with local games (photos below).

Thanks to volunteer Rebecca Zhuo for both organizing the hotel block and the hotel library seed. The volunteers are what make Protospiel San Jose great.

Noises at Night, Booze Barons, Highlander and Finger Guns at High Noon.

Noises at Night, Booze Barons, Highlander and Finger Guns at High Noon.

Betabotz, Farmageddon, Happy Daggers, and We Need to Talk

Betabotz, Farmageddon, Happy Daggers, and We Need to Talk



Protospiel San Jose 2019 Registration is live.



Registration for Protospiel San Jose 2019 is live here:

Player badges are free. If you plan to attend, please sign up for a badge. 

Registering for a badge will:

  1. Get you on the mailing list to stay informed.

  2. Provide you with a nice printed badge and holder on site.

  3. Really help us out as we can plan snacks and raffle prizes based on registration.

Please register for a badge and we will see you at the event!


Friday, October 11 - 10 AM to 10 PM

Saturday, October 12 - 10 AM to 10 PM

Sunday, October 13 - 10 AM to 8 PM


Game Kastle Mountain View

550 Showers Dr.

Mountain View, CA 94040

(650) 935-2229

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Hotel Block Info

Hyatt Centric is a brand new hotel opening in the same complex as Game Kastle Mountain View. It will host our hotel block this year for $149 a night. The hotel is not officially open yet, so I don’t have a link for the hotel block yet. I do have a signed contract and is soon as the hotel goes live, the room block will become available. I’ll share the link on both of the con’s websites (here and Tabletop.Events). 

Our official hashtag for Protospiel San Jose is: