Game Design Workshop

Calling all game designers - sign up for Protospiel at Looking For Gamers

Been building a game? Want to test it with people who also love game design? Then Protospiel is for you.

Note: This page is under review for the 2018 event, and may contain old information. Announcements for the opening of Protospiel registrations will be made via the LFG newsletter and Facebook page.

Over two full days, you'll demo your game, play-test games by fellow designers, and enjoy seminars from industry professionals. You'll get frank and honest advice on your prototype, tips on getting games published, and feedback from experts in the field.

When: 14-15 July 2018
Where: At LFG, in the Boggabilla Room of Bankstown Sports Club

Registration and Cost

Registrations: will open soon. Watch this space!

Your registration will be approved by Boardgames Australia before tickets are made available.

Note for those requesting a blind test: You are required to submit your game rules no later than midday on Monday July 9th.

Cost: $50 per attendee. You will be contacted with ticketing details once your registration has been approved. You must pre-purchase your Protospiel ticket to confirm your attendance. Payment will not be accepted on the day. Protospiel tickets include weekend entry to LFG.


Each six hour day will consist of two sessions with a one hour break. You will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement confirming that you will not discuss the games you playtest outside of the event. On day one, you will be assigned to a group in which you will test your own game and commit to playing and providing feedback on several other games. There will also be a discussion session with an invited speaker.

The second day will involve continued play-testing and a game jam in which you will work with your assigned group to develop a prototype based on preset themes, mechanics and materials.

What you need to do and bring:

Before the day

  • Register by providing the details listed under Registration
  • If you want your game to be blind playtested you must send the rules to us by email by the date specified in your confirmation email.
  • If you have volunteered to be a blind playtester, set aside some time to read the rules before the event.

On the day

  • Bring your prototype to play.
  • Make sure that you have a full written set of rules - it is embarrassing if you can't remember how to play the game.
  • Pen and paper to note down suggestions on improvements for your game.

The physical appearance of the prototype is not critical, other than that the graphics are clear enough to make it easily playable.

The sessions will be 2 hours long. This time includes:

  • rules explanation
  • set-up
  • play
  • debrief

We suggest you allow about 30 minutes to debrief your session. This means that if your game takes more than 80 minutes to play, you will need to figure out a way of truncating it for test purposes.

We will provide a contact list of all participants to enable exchange of information after the event.


Email the LFG Team

Opening Hours

Fri 13 July: 6pm - Midnight**
Sat 14 July: 10am - Midnight
Sun 15 July: 10am - 10pm

**BONUS day for Weekend Pass & Protospiel ticket holders only

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