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Parking Tips, Quick Updates, Thanks to Card Lords

Greetings,

1. Where to Park
2. Quick Updates
3. Sponsor: Card Lords

Where to Park

Good gamers play nice with others. In that spirit we are asking all attendees of Protospiel San Jose to park behind Game Kastle or off to the right side (green checks in photo below). Please DO NOT park in front of the store (red x below). Leave that parking for the people who need access to Trader Joes. If you park in back, there is a sidewalk that takes you right up to the Game Kastle entrance. Thank you!

Quick Updates

Documentary Filming On Site
There will be a documentary on board games and board game designers filming on site. If your game is secret, please remember to provide signage on your table that it should not be photographed.

Correction: Designer dinner is Friday the 7th.
The day of the week and time in the previous updates is correct. An attentive designer pointed out the date listed was a typo. The Designer Dinner is this Friday night.

Industry Guest: Steve Jones of Blue Panther
Blue Panther LLC is a publisher and manufacturer of board and card games, game accessories such as dice towers and dice trays, and custom components in a variety of materials, including dice.

Thanks to our final sponsor: Card Lords

CardLords is a game design and publishing company with an emphasis on player interaction and high quality artwork.  The owner, Tucker, started CardLords by publishing token cards used in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.  BattleGoats was his first design and the first full game published by CardLords, which funded in under 24 hours on Kickstarter in 2016.  They have two new games coming out (Take the Gold this month and The Pirate's Flag in early 2018), as well as an expansion for BattleGoats that will launch at GenCon 50 later this year.  Tucker and the CardLords team will be at Protospiel San Jose testing their upcoming games and looking for new 10-15 minute family oriented games to publish.

Thank you to Card Lords for making Protospiel San Jose free for players.

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Why 6 PM Friday? Industry Guest: Scott Gaeta of Renegade Games

Greetings,

Just 5 days until #ProtospielSJ

1. Why does the event end at 6 PM Friday?

2. Industry Guest: Scott Gaeta of Renegade Games

 

Why does the event end at 6 PM Friday?

I've been asked why the event only runs from 10 AM to 6 PM on Friday. The answer is simple: Friday Night Magic. Magic keeps game stores open and pays the bills. Game Kastle is a wonderful host and is giving us a great rental price. As part of that deal, we have to make space for Friday Night Magic. 

Provided we give back all tables needed for Magic after 6 PM you are welcome to stay and keep playing games until closing on the remaining tables. All tables need to be shared from 6 pm to 10 pm Friday. Assigned tables resume Saturday morning.

I would urge designers to attend the designer dinner after 6 PM on Friday.

DESIGNER DINNER AND MIXER (OPTIONAL)

Armadillo Willy's
1031 N San Antonio Rd Los Altos, CA 94022

Friday April 7, 6:30 PM to ?

Please RSVP via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/AExRAtIYSaC1WXrQ2

 

Industry Guest: Scott Gaeta of Renegade Games

During Scott's 20 years in gaming he's published games based on some of the biggest pop culture brands in the world. In less than 3 years Renegade has become one of the leading Indy publishers in the industry with such hits as Gravwell, Lotus, Lanterns, Fuse, and Clank! Scott’s vision for Renegade is to expand the audience for games by shaking things up and not be bound by old school thinking. 

Scott will be attending Protospiel on Sunday looking for innovative new designs that Renegade can develop.

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Designer Dinner, Free Shipping from PnP

Greetings,

  1. Designer Dinner
  2. Volunteers Needed
  3. Free shipping offer from Print and Play.
  4. Sponsor: Brian Henk, Overworld Games

 

Designer Dinner and Mixer (Optional)

Friday night hang out with designers over dinner and talk some shop.

Armadillo Willy's - (Across the street from Game Kastle)

1031 N San Antonio Rd Los Altos, CA 94022

Friday April 16, 6:30 PM to ?

 

Counter-serve barbecue, bar, some vegetarian options. Seating is limited to the first 25 people to RSVP. You will need to pay your own check. Armadillo Willy's is within walking distance of Game Castle. If you need a ride, you can ask for a ride share as part of your RSVP.

Please RSVP via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/AExRAtIYSaC1WXrQ2

 

 

Call for Volunteers - Your Help Is Needed

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. 

If you are willing to help staff the welcome table please reach out to our volunteer coordinator Jonathan Grothe at GameKrackers@gmail.com Thank you!

 

 

Industry Guest & Free Shipping Offer

Andrew Tullsen will once again be joining us as an industry guest this year.

Starting the company Print and Play Productions at age 16 from his bedroom, Andrew Tullsen is now the regional manager of the Print and Play Division owned by AdMagic. 

Print & Play is know for their custom work in board game prototyping. They offer boards, boxes, bits and more. Cards come in standard and custom sizes. Their support team works closely with customers to ensure satisfactory products. Print and Play strives for quality, consistency, and fast delivery with every order. 

Since Andrew is coming to the event, he is offering free shipping for any order headed to Protospiel San Jose. Andrew will bring your order with him. Head over to https://www.printplaygames.com to take advantage of this great service. Use coupon code "local17" for free shipping, make sure to mention it's going to Protospiel San Jose in the order notes! 

 

 

Thanks to Sponsor Overworld Games

A hearty thanks to Brian for helping make Protospiel free for players.

Brian is the President of Overworld Games, creators of 7 successful Kickstarter campaigns and publishers of easy-to-learn and quick-to-play games with heavy social interaction. Brian is the co-designer of games like Good Cop Bad Cop, Exposed, New Salem, and Leaders of Euphoria. He is also one of the co-hosts on the Board Game Business Podcast where he discusses the business side of the tabletop game industry.

 

Brian Henk of Overworld Games

Brian Henk of Overworld Games

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Join the improv game design contest!


Greetings,

10 days until #ProtospielSJ

1. Game Design Improv Contest
2. Sponsor: Steve Samson - Secret Formula Games
3. Tag Table assignments coming Thursday
4. VIP Player Badge limit increased

Game Design Improv Contest

 

The annual Protospiel San Jose Improv Game Design Contest returns for its fourth installment! Whether you are a game player looking to express your creative ideas, or an experienced designer looking for a focused challenge, all are welcome to compete in this awesome event!

When: Sunday, April 9th at 11 AM

What: Designing games is difficult, but also great fun and immensely satisfying! A blank canvas can be overwhelming, so for this year's design contest we've come up with some interesting constraints to focus your creativity. Assemble your team of up to 4 designers (or even just yourself) and show us what you can come up with in only 1 hour! You'll be provided with a set of components and other game-making materials, so all you need is your creativity and competitive spirit. When time's up, you and your team will have 5 minutes to pitch your new game idea to our panel of judges. Players will be judged on adherence to the theme, innovation, mechanics, and marketability.

Anyone is welcome to participate, but you must sign up in advance (at the welcome table), as kits are limited. The best game will be awarded a certificate of success and eternal glory!

Thanks to Sarah Graybill and John Shulters for organizing the improv contest this year. I asked them for a teaser image for the contest theme, and they sent this...

Sponsor: Steve Samson of Secret Formula Games

Steve Samson wears a lot of hats these days: He's a presentation coach and communication consultant during the week, the Trade Show Manager for Bézier Games on many weekends, a proud new dad in the middle of the night (and all the time, really), and now the President and Lead Designer of his brand new game publishing company, Secret Formula Games. Steve believes that board games are a perfect way for people to connect with each other, and he wants to create games that are more accessible and more appealing to casual gamers, families, and even non-gamers—as he puts it, he wants to create games with “half the rules and twice the fun.”

Steve will be launching his first Kickstarter campaign this summer for a game he is developing with his friend Candy Weber: a fast-paced, grid-movement, tile-collection game called Orbots. For more information, you can follow Steve and Secret Formula Games on twitter @sfgfun, or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/secretformulagames

Tag Table Assignments Coming Thursday

Baring any unforeseen snags, table assignments with a map should post this Thursday. That means you have until Wednesday night to send in any tag table pairing requests. 


VIP Player Badge Limit Increased

Chris Rowlands of One Thousand XP was kind enough to send Protospiel San Jose 20 copies of his game Under My Bed. Under My Bed is one of the best micro games I've ever played. Its similar to Spyfall, with higher replay value.

That means we have enough micro games for up to 50 VIP player badges. The badge limit was sold out, and has now been increased if you want to jump on the VIP player level.

VIP players will get to choose from one of the following games. Please note that we have limited quantities of each of these games so not every choice may be available to all VIP players.
"Under My Bed", "Cheeseburger", "Who Stole the Cookie", "Hocus" and "Sun, Moon and Stars".

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Raffle, Tag Table Requests

Greetings,

 #ProtospielSJ is now just 16 days away.

1. How the raffle works

2. Tag Table Requests

3. Industry Guests: Floyd Lu, Roger Hicks

 

How the Raffle Works

Please fill out a raffle slip at the welcome table as you come in. 

We drop the slips in a bucket and choose winners every hour throughout the weekend. If you win, we tape your slip to the edge of the raffle table. Simply, grab your slip and bring it to the welcome table to redeem it for a prize. Your slip then goes back in the bucket and you can win the next day. 

You only need to fill out one raffle slip, and please don't throw it away. At the end of the weekend we need to count all the raffle slips to figure out what our total attendance was. 


Tag Table Requests

Please understand that we can not coordinate tag table schedules for 70+ designers. Its up to each individual to work out a schedule to share your table with your tag table partner. We suggest alternating the table between designers every three hours. However, you are free to share the table any way you wish.

Tag table assignments will post next week. If you would like to request to share your table with a particular designer, that can be arranged. 
To request to be paired with a particular designer, please do the following:

I. Send an email to boardgamebuilders@gmail.com
 
II. Use the subject: Tag Table Partners
 
III. CC the designer you wish to share with.
 
IV. Include both of your names in the body of the email.


For Example.

Subject: Tag Table Partners

CC: KellenSnook@tinkerbunny.com

Request from myself and KellenSnook, please put us at the same table. Thanks! Ting Chow

 

Industry Guest: Floyd Lu from B&B Games

B&B Games Studio is a publisher built by gamers, and is in spirit a guild of gamers. When selecting games to publish B&B looks for more than just a great game, they look for unique mechanics, versatility, and a game that is not like any other games on the market. B&B also considers a great game if the designer has a unique speciality and is interested in helping grow the company. B&B understands that your games, are B&B’s future, and they want people who care about the direction of the company and not just numbers. Floyd will be at Protospeil looking for great games to play.

 

 

Industry Guest: Roger Hicks

Roger Hicks is the publisher of Today in Board Games - a thrice weekly newsletter with links to all the latest important information in board games. Roger also runs BoardGameData.com which provides a variety of tools for gamers and those in the gaming industry such as a searchable, filterable database of Kickstarter projects. He lives in Colorado with his wife and ten kids.

Roger is one of the nicest guys I know in the board game world and I'm honored he is joining us at the event this year.

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