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We love helping our community of game designers and playtesters find encouragement and connection through our virtual conventions and the supporting content like our Twitch streams, YouTube channel, and Community Newsletter. It lights us up to see all the amazing milestones Protospiel community members are reaching with their game designs.

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Surf's Up! Released in US, Australia, and New Zealand -- Community Newsletter Issue 29

Hey Reader! Emily Vincent here. Surf's Up! Released in US, Australia, and New Zealand Congratulations to Jay Bendixen, whose first signed game, Surf's Up! has now been released across the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Surf's Up! is a bluffing card game in which you play as surfers trying to catch the best collection of waves while scoring bonuses from matching your surfboard to your waves and avoiding bluebottle stings. Your goal is to win the wave without tying, which causes you to wipe...

11 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! David Kessler here. Scrapbots is in its final days on Kickstarter! Congratulations to David Torres, who has been designing this awesome deck builder since 2019. Scrapbots is a bot battling deck builder, combining the tactics of a card battler with the strategy of deck building. Set in a post-apocalyptic robot junkyard arena, you take on the mantle of a Scrapjack, a scrapbot operator competing for glory in the Arena. Build your army of scrapbots, power them up with gadgets, and...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader! Heather Newton here. When Protospiel Online attendees playtest with me and find out I'm the main person organizing the event, they sometimes ask me what prototypes I brought to test for the weekend. My response is that they've been playtesting my game the whole time they've been engaging with the convention. I suspect plenty of people think I'm kidding when I say this. While I might say it with a bit of a chuckle, I do mean what I say. This session, I made the prototype listing...

2 months ago • 5 min read

Hey Reader! David Kessler here. Congratulations to Leonie Grundler and the team at Lioness games who launched their new game Biome on Kickstarter, and it funded in just nine minutes! Biome combines strategic card placements and engine building in a nature themed tableau builder. You’ll raise baby animals, feed and protect them, achieve biodiversity, and activate unique flora and fauna abilities to create the best Biome and win the game! Biome comes with real straw nests. And yes, you get to...

4 months ago • 1 min read
Ironwood: A Protospiel Success Story

Hey Reader! Emily Vincent here. Our Protospiel Community is incredibly inspiring and we love to celebrate each others' wins! Today is one of those stories, of playtesting that led to dreams coming true. Ironwood In 2022, at the summer Protospiel Online, Maël Brunet and Julien Chaput playtested their game "Black Flag." A few months later, after pitching it all around, they received 3 offers to sign the game! Mindclash Games was more than they could dream of and after one year of very dedicated...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! Some links in the below message are affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase after clicking one of these links, Protospiel Online will earn a commission at no additional cost to you David Kessler here. The 2024 Board Game Design Virtual Summit is coming soon! The Summit is a week-long game design event, featuring interviews with industry experts, live Q&A panels, and more! HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL GET A week-long free event for board game designers In-depth interviews with...

5 months ago • 3 min read
Protospiel Online January 12-14

Hey Reader! Emily Vincent here. If it's January, it's time for Protospiel Online! I love kicking off the new year with our community, playing exciting new games and hanging out with amazing people. Hopefully everyone has recovered from the holidays and is starting to think about playtesting. Today I'm sharing a few quick reminders to help people get themselves ready for the weekend. Get Your Badges If you haven't gotten a badge yet, you can do that today! Your badge unlocks the door to...

6 months ago • 2 min read
Online Gift Exchange Parties Now Open for Booking -- Issue 22

Hey Reader! Heather Newton here. People often ask me what games I'm bringing to test at Protospiel Online. My guess is they assume I would never want to put effort into running the event unless I wanted the benefit of playtesters for my own tabletop games. My answer is always that I am not a tabletop game designer but rather an experience designer with a strong bent towards play and gamification, so the Protospiel Online experience itself is what I'm playtesting. As the holiday season...

7 months ago • 3 min read
Inside Job. Published by Thames and Kosmos

Hey Reader! David Kessler here. Tanner Simmons, a regular attendee of Protospiel Online, is so excited to share his game, Inside Job, with you! He greatly appreciates all the feedback and support from the community when designing the game. I, for one, have spent numerous Protospiel nights playing games with Tanner, whose games are always a blast. Inside Job available now! Are YOU The Insider? Inside Job is now available to buy online and at your FLGS! This social deduction trick-taking game...

7 months ago • 2 min read
InFUNity Tiles & Riverbed Hunt on Kickstarter Now!

Hey Reader! Emily Vincent here. 'Tis the season to launch on Kickstarter. As the games we bring to Protospiel Online evolve and grow, we inevitably start seeing them in game stores, at online retailers, and on crowd-funding platforms. It's always exciting to see something you played an early version of become fully realized. As part of the Protospiel Community, we know that folks are interested in knowing what's going on with our community members and learning how we might support each other....

8 months ago • 2 min read
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