Raffle, Tag Table Requests


 #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
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


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 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.




PDF Flyer, Games to get signed, Thanks to David Sanhueza


#ProtospielSJ is now only 31 days away.

  1. Flyer in PDF form. 
  2. Do you have a published game?
  3. Get your game signed. Part 1.
  4. Sponsor: David Sanhueza


I got some requests to have the printable flyer from the last update in PDF form. Please use the flyer to help local gamers find out about Protospiel San Jose.


Do you have a published game?

I would like to compile a public list of all the available games from designers who are attending. That will allow players to bring or buy games to get signed by the designers in attendance. Please send a list of your available in print games and I will get your games on the public list.


Games you can get signed at Protospiel San Jose. Part 1


Teale Fristoe: Birds of a Feather, Shadow Throne, Corporate America

Brandon Raasch: Dubious Alliance

Grant Rodiek: Farmageddon, Hocus, Cry Havok

Eduardo Baraf: GemPacked, Lift Off!, The Siblings Trouble

Seth Johnson: Golem Arcana, DC HeroClix: Batman

Peter Vaughan: What the Food?!

Brian Henk: New Salem, Good Cop Bad Cop, Exposed, Leaders of Euphoria


Thank You to sponsor David Sanhueza

David Sanhueza is a veteran of the computer games industry, having worked as a professional animator, art director, and designer since the late 90’s. He is the creator of the critically-acclaimed family game Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, the soon-to-be-released strategy game Immortal, and several new prototype games which he will be bringing with him to Protospiel SJ. David's specialty is developing games that draw players in with stunning artwork, and then entertain them with gameplay that really makes them think. In addition to making games and art, David enjoys finding ways to give back to his community... wherever that may be at the time. An American citizen, he has had the honor of living, studying, volunteering, and teaching in several other countries, including Chile, Brazil, India, Germany, and Japan. He currently resides in Las Vegas, where he runs his independent game development and publishing studio, Game-O-Gami (, and organizes the local game design meetup. 

Thank you David for helping make Protospiel San Jose free for players!



I need your help. More VIP badges. Breaking Games


#ProtospielSJ is now just five weeks away.

In this update:

  1. I need your help to spread the word.

  2. VIP Player Badges

  3. Thank you to Breaking Games.

I need your help.

Please help spread the word about #ProtospielSJ. The more players we can get, the better for everyone involved. Attached is a printable flyer. Please take one to your local game night, or post one up at work, or forward this email to a friend. 

This is our fourth year. Every year tons of people contact me after the event sorry they missed it because they didn't hear about it in time. The world of board games is very insulated into small groups. Please help me reach your group so nobody misses out. Thank you!



VIP Player Badge Limit Increased

VIP Player badges were sold out. We picked up two more sponsors who are providing small games specifically for the VIP Player badge to increase the supply. Thanks to Grant Rodiek of Hyperbole Games for helping sponsor the VIP Player badge with copies of Hocus. Each VIP player gets one micro or small game. We will have 3-5 different games to choose from this year. If you want a VIP player badge, there are now a few more available.


Thank you to Breaking Games for sponsoring Protospiel

Peter Vaughan of Breaking Games is attending Protospiel San Jose as an industry guest and a sponsor. Look for him at the Breaking Games table.

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



Registration is live.

Designer and VIP Player badge registration is here:

PLAYERS: Player badges will be FREE onsite or online. Please sign up for a free Player badge if you intend to come as that helps us plan seating, snacks and raffle prizes.

DESIGNERS: To test games at the event you must sign up for a Designer badge. The cost is $50 for the weekend.

Everyone on the mailing list from the past three years got at least one email announcing and linking to registration back in January. My apologies if you got multiples, it was the safest way to make sure nobody was left out. 



Protospiel San Jose 2017 Announced

Friday, April 7 - 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturday, April 8 - 10 AM to 10 PM
Sunday, April 9 - 10 AM to 10 PM
Game Kastle Mountain View
550 Showers Dr.
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 935-2229
Three days of all the board games you can handle for free! Come help local game designers and game companies play test their upcoming titles. Enjoy free snacks and the chance to win games from huge pool of raffle prizes.  
Designer and VIP Player badge registration will go live on Tabletop.Events in January
RSVP as a player via the related Meet Up group:
Find our Facebook group here:
Within walking distance of Game Kastle Mountain View are: 
Veggie grill
Sushi 88
Many other restaurants
Trader Joes
Uber and Lyft are widely available in this area for transportation.
Several hotels and the San Antonio Caltrain station are within walking distance.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the San Antonio station as light rail station. It is a Caltrain station.