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PROTOSPIEL SAN JOSE 2018

Dates/Times:  March 9 - March 11  |  10:00am-10:00pm

Location: Game Kastle, 550 Showers Dr, Mountain View, CA 94040

 

Protospiel San Jose is three days of family friendly board game play testing. Game designers are coming from all over with their in-development board games to hear YOUR feedback. Your opinion is greatly valued and desired, and even just playing the games in front of the designers is incredibly useful. While you are here also enjoy the free snacks, win raffle prizes, check out the Game Kastle store, and more!

This is a not for profit event that is FREE for players. The game designers and sponsors pay for the venue, raffle prizes, and related costs.

PLAY a wide variety of board games from every genre and style you can think of.

PLAY a wide variety of board games from every genre and style you can think of.

LEARN from industry luminaries and gain insight into the design process. Discover new ideas and mechanics.

LEARN from industry luminaries and gain insight into the design process. Discover new ideas and mechanics.

CONNECT with fellow game designers and players. Share your feedback to shape the development of games.

CONNECT with fellow game designers and players. Share your feedback to shape the development of games.


INDUSTRY GUESTS - PROTOSPIEL SAN JOSE 2018

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PETER VAUGHAN - BREAKING GAMES

Peter Vaughan has been messing with game rules ever since family game nights included moveable bombs in Stratego and one allowable lie in Clue. He is the designer of What the Food?!, and developer of SJ protospiel tested Letter Tycoon and Boomtown Bandits. He is Director of Development for Breaking Games, as well as founder of Squirmy Beast Games and editor of the League of Gamemakers blog.

Breaking Games, founded by Shari Spiro, is a publisher of strategy, family and party games that believes in putting designers first, and is at the core about getting indie games made and played! Breaking Games is associated with Print & Play Productions, both part of parent company AdMagic.


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ANDREW TULLSEN - PRINT AND PLAY PRODUCTIONS

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. 


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DANIEL PETERSON - MAYDAY GAMES

Daniel Peterson is the Lead Game Developer for Mayday Games. Mayday Games is dedicated to offering tabletop games that bring families together, card sleeves that make the fun last and accessories that add some bling to the good times! Daniel is a rock star at Mayday, and outside too – having rocked out at Warped Tour, SXSW and a ton of super hip and cool music festivals. He is always looking for new and exciting games for Mayday to publish, and that’s what he will be doing here at Protospiel! He’s looking for family friendly games that are engaging enough for adults and easy enough for children to play! He’ll also be on the lookout for dexterity games, light strategy games and games with a toy element. Daniel loves working with board game designers to improve their designs and when he isn’t rockin’ and rollin’ for Mayday, he most enjoys spending time at home with his family.


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ANDY VAN ZANDT - TASTY MINSTREL GAMES
Andy is a board and video game aficionado, sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast, and all-around super-nerdy guy. He is also the designer of Grave Business, Balloon Pop, and Bottlecap Vikings.

Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) is the culmination of a life long dream of founder and CEO Michael Mindes. TMG is known for Befort, Dungeon Roll, Eminent Domain, Orléans, Village, Yokohama, and amazing Deluxified versions of their popular crowdfunded games.

Today, TMG continues with their goal of publishing awesome games that promote and facilitate enjoyment between family and friends.


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STEVE JONES - BLUE PANTHER LLC

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. Steve Jones from Blue Panther will be joining us as an industry guest.