Invite a friend to come to the final day!


Today is the final day for Protospiel San Jose. We still have plenty of raffle prizes and snacks. Invite a friend to come join us today!


A big thank you to all of the game companies that sponsored the raffle this year.

Level 99 Games

Slugfest Games

Van Ryder Games

Ape Games

Green Couch Games

Grail Games

Orange Machine Games

9th Level Games

Prolific Games

Minion Games

Rock Manor Games

Mayday Games



Panda Panel, Parking, and Pull the Pin

Panel - Crash Course in Game Manufacturing 101

Saturday, October 12 at 3:30 PM

Learn (almost) everything you need to know if you are looking to manufacture your first board game project. We’ll discuss the general production process, how to design games with manufacturing in mind, component options, and expert tips. Presented by Panda Game Manufacturing.

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!


Big thanks to Pull the Pin Games


Overworld Games, who has been making games like Good Cop Bad Cop, Barker’s Row, Leaders of Euphoria, and New Salem since 2014, is re-branding itself as Pull the Pin Games. The new branding signals the beginning of a focus on quick, large group, small box, social games that are very easy to learn for new players, but are packed with strategic choices for veterans -- all at a very affordable price.

Brian Henk, President of Pull the Pin Games will be joining us for Protospiel San Jose. 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.

Read the full press release about Pull the Pin Games here.

Check out Brian’s latest blog post “Top 5 Tips for Re-Launching a Failed Kickstarter Campaign

Find the most recent episode of the podcast “Top 5 Time Savers for Game Designers” here.

Thanks to Pull the Pin Games for sponsoring #ProtospielSJ



Design Grant, Bard Games


Less than a week until Protospiel San Jose.

Panel: Rohan Dargad Foundation

Saturday, October 12 at 2 PM


Join us for an exciting announcement about an upcoming non-profit organization dedicated to board game designers and honoring our friend Rohan Dargad. John Shulters (Black Straw Games) and Brandon Raasch (BARD Games) will give a short presentation announcing the Rohan Dargad Foundation, formed by the generosity of the Dargad family to honor the memory of a fellow, local game designer and grow the board game design community he loved. Brandon and John will share information about the mission of the Foundation and announce upcoming plans for 2020, including a board game design scholarship. Be the first to join us as we set forth to support the growing board game community in the Bay Area and across the country! 


Print and Play can still get a prototype game to you by the show! Order now and use the "rush processing" option on checkout. Use coupon code "ConventionDelivery" and and mention "San Jose Protospiel" in the order notes.

Thanks to BARD Games


BARD Games makes licensed, casual board games for 3-5 players. We focus on licenses to delight fans, casual games for easy appeal and 3-5 players to ensure a table friendly game size. We bring many years of retail, gaming and product knowledge together to publish quality games that are unique, fun and ready for business.

Thanks to BARD Games for sponsoring #ProtospielSJ



Floor Map and Tag Table Assignments


A map of the floor and Tag Table assignments are posted below. Keep in mind that a group of Volunteers goes to Game Kastle Thursday night to set up the tables. If there is an issue with setup, this map is subject to change.

Designers will receive a separate direct email with contact information for other designers to coordinate with tag partners. It is suggested that designers take turns at the table in 3-4 hour shifts so they have time to play other designer's games.



18 days to go . . .


Just some quick reminders of impending deadlines.

Late refunds and wait list.

The last day a to get an easy refund through the badge system (Tabletop.Events) is September 29th.

We set a refund deadlined for designer badges because we need to lock the budget to order raffle prizes and snacks. However, as long as we have a waitlist for designer badges, I can offer some manually issued late refunds. If you have a designer badge, and can’t make it to the event, email us at and we can refund and replace your spot with a designer from the wait list. Please let us know no later then October 7th.

Hotel block reservations end Sept 26

Last day to make a reservation at the group rate is Th the 26th.

For details on the hotel block, see this post:

Print & Play free shipping offer ends Sept 27th

Use coupon code “ConventionDelivery”, and mention "San Jose Protospiel" in the order notes.

Thanks to Game-O-Gami


David Sanhueza is a veteran of the video games industry, having worked on AAA and indie titles in a variety of roles - animator, art director, game designer, and game director - since the late 90’s. David's love for art and games extends to tabletop as well, where he spends his time making games with character, as the owner of the development and publishing studio Game-O-Gami. He is the creative mind (and hands) behind Goblins Drool Fairies Rule, Immortal Battlegrounds, Goblins & Gloams, Royal Dump, Blood of Rome, and the MMO board game Megopoly. He resides in Las Vegas, where he organizes the local game design meetup.

Thanks to Game-O-Gami for sponsoring #ProtospielSJ