ProtoTO is Toronto’s annual tabletop game design convention, founded in 2016 by designer Pam Walls. Every year, on the last weekend of September, new and established designers test their card, board and role-playing games at ProtoTO.

During scheduled playtesting sessions, designers gain valuable feedback from playtesters, publishers and other designers. Playtesters are integral to the process and their feedback helps make good games great. View the Schedule to see the breakdown of each day. Several games have been picked up by publishers and licensed after being discovered at ProtoTO. View the Publishers page to learn more.

ProtoTO is all about building community. Connect with the tabletop game design community, play games during open gaming and make new friends at the ProtoTO after parties and Connect events.

ProtoTO also hosts playtesting space at local conventions Breakout Con in March and Fan Expo in late summer.

Questions? Contact us at info@protoTO.ca and view the Contact page to stay updated on all ProtoTO news.


Pam Walls
Founder & Lead Organizer

Meg Walls
Onsite & Volunteer Manager

Michelle Isocianu
BoardAgain Gaming Library & ProtoTO Connect Coordinator 

Caryl Tan

Sean Jacquemain

Meeple Syrup Shop Talk crew

The Meeple Syrup Shop Talk crew, and other industry guests, are available at ProtoTO to help designers work through design challenges.

Sen-Foong Lim

Erica Hayes-Bouyouris

Jessey Wright

Code of Conduct

ProtoTO is dedicated to creating a welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible event. This is achieved when all participants uphold the following guidelines:

1. Be aware of how your actions and words affect others.

Harassment will not be tolerated at ProtoTO. Harassment is any improper conduct* by an individual that should have been reasonably known and is directed at – and offensive to – another individual. This could be a series of events or 1 severe event that had a lasting impact on the individual.

If you say or do something inappropriate, the best thing to do is to acknowledge it and apologize to the person/people affected. Most situations can be resolved in this way.

2. Ask for consent before hugging, touching or taking photos/videos of someone you don’t know well. Do not take photos or video of anyone with a No Photo sticker.

Obviously, if you and your friends/family are comfortable hugging each other, you don’t need to ask for consent every time you hug. Use common sense. Someone you don’t know very well may not be comfortable with hugging, so either ask if it’s okay first or go for a handshake, high five or fist bump.

Never photograph or video record someone without their consent. Anyone with a No Photo sticker on their nametag does not want to be photographed or video recorded.

3. Use correct pronouns and gender neutral terms.

If you are unaware of someone’s pronouns or gender identity, use “they/them” (rather than “she/her/that woman” or “he/him/that man”). All attendees are encouraged to add pronoun stickers to their name tags so others can easily learn and use their pronouns. If you are aware of someone’s pronouns or gender identity, be sure to always address them appropriately.

Try not to use the word “guys” to refer to a group of people. Better options include: everyone, all, friends.

4. Be welcoming and inclusive.

Cred checks are not cool. If someone wants to play a game with you, don’t ask them to prove their knowledge or experience of the game or genre in order to play. It’s fine to ask “Do you know the rules or would you like me to explain?” as long as you also ask all other players the same question. Make everyone at the table feel welcome and included.

*Improper conduct comprises objectionable acts, comments or displays that demean, belittle, or cause personal humiliation or embarrassment, and any act of intimidation or threat. This includes taking photos or videos without consent. It also includes harassment based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability and pardoned conviction.

Questions and/or suggestions?

If you have any questions or suggestions about ProtoTO’s Code of Conduct, please send them to conduct@protoTO.ca

Reporting an incident

If you are a victim of or witness to a violation of ProtoTO’s Code of Conduct, please report the incident to a Safety and Accessibility Ambassador (SAA). SAAs will be at the registration table and throughout the convention space and can be identified by their Safety and Accessibility Ambassador buttons. SAAs are volunteers who have completed training regarding harassment (with a focus on gaming conventions) and the provision of goods and services to persons with disabilities.

Reports of violations can also be sent electronically to conduct@protoTO.ca

If anyone violates the Code of Conduct, ProtoTO’s Head Safety and Accessibility Ambassador will take any action they deem appropriate including monitoring the situation as well as warning or expelling the offender (without refund), at their full discretion.