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What is Proto ATL?

A gathering of designers, publishers, playtesters and anyone interested in learning about board game design. Games in all stages of completion are welcome. You’ll have the opportunity to play test your designs many times throughout the weekend. Network and create new business contacts and friends! 

Who should attend?


If you are a game designer looking to get professional feedback from published designers and publishers, there is no better place to get that valuable information!


Interested in learning more about game design? Come with nothing but an interest and you will leave inspired!  


This is THE PLACE to find your next game to publish. We bring the designers to you in one place so that you can focus on finding your next big hit. 

How does it work?

Proto ATL uses a free-flowing, protospiel-type format.  Buy a badge, enter the ballroom, sit at a table, and either layout your prototype to play, or sit down to join a game. We have "players wanted" signs to communicate to playtesters that a hopeful designer would like to show you their game.  


We encourage you to bring sell sheets and signage, and to list your prototype on our online database. 


There is no formal structure to the event, other than having a room filled with tables for everyone to use. Of course, taking time to network, talk shop, grab a meal, etc., with those you meet is highly encouraged as well.

We will have a schedule of seminars and workshops, plus networking and dine-together events!  


Hilton  Garden Inn - Buckhead


3342 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Click here to reserve your hotel room

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With gratitude to our attendees, we share these comments

“Where you go when your design has graduated from protospiel”

- S. Vesci

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