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

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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:




When is Protospiel San Jose 2019?


I believe in not wasting your time, so here is the short version:

I’m working too many hours at my day job to put together PSJ in time for spring. Instead, I plan to try and host the event in the fall of 2019. The target is October. I am sorry to disappoint folks who were looking forward to a spring event.

Protospiel San Jose takes me about 100 hours of pre-show work to put together each year. In past years, I locked down the date 90-120 days in advance, booked the venue, and then started promoting the event. For ten to twelve weeks before the event I spend 5-10 hours a week answering questions, organizing volunteers, and getting the word out to as much of the tabletop community as possible.

Protospiel San Jose runs on a tight budget and does not make money. Every year the budget with every dollar in and out has been posted publicly. The event has been successful because of the hard work by the volunteers who spend their own time and energy to support the show.

As Protospiel San Jose gets bigger every year, it takes even more time and energy to pull off. More volunteers are needed to own new complexities, and more pre-show work needs to be done. In 2018 we had some new challenges arise that will require more planning and attention this year. For the first time last year we had issues with raffle prizes getting stolen in mass and with designers showing up and running tests without a badge or table space. I have been talking with some of the long time volunteers about how to mitigate theses issues, but we don’t have a solution yet.

I’m in the middle of large assignment at my day job that will not finish until February or later. I simply don’t have 10 hours a week to pour into Protospiel right now. Also, I don’t want to run the event until we figure out ways to mitigate the theft issues from last time.

A sincere thank you to everyone who loves the event and has reached out to me about it. I am grateful for your kind words. Thanks are also due to the people who did a lot more than show up to play games. Thank you to our past sponsors who put up the funding to make the event happen. Thank you to the people who took time off work to help set up, who took on projects (raffle, snacks, hotel block, designer diner, marketing, design contest) and the people who staff the front table with a smile. The volunteers are the real heroes of Protospiel.

I hope to see you in the fall for another great community event.


Jeremy Commandeur