Schedule

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

5:30 PM: Doors open

6:00 PM: Bar opens

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM:

“Making Games to Change the World” with Scott Nicholson

Games can be used for more than recreation – they can be used to change the world. Games have been used for training, education, building empathy, and changing behaviours. At Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Dr. Scott Nicholson helps students learn how to make games with real-world outcomes. During this session, Scott will present the highlights of that program, helping game designers better understand the potential marketplaces for games with real-world outcomes, the differences in designing a serious game from designing a recreational game, and help designers think about the potential impact of both gamification and game-based learning on players.

8:15 PM – 9:00 PM: Games Showcase A

9:15 PM – 10:00 PM: Games Showcase B

At the Games Showcase, designers will set up the games they plan on testing during the weekend. Playtesters can sign up for the games they want to play and publishers can meet the designers and get an overview of all of the prototypes.

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Open gaming and ProtoTO Partay!

Game library provided by BoardAgain Games

11:00 PM – 2:00 AM: ProtoTO Afterparty at Smash Ping Pong Lounge, 672 Queen Street East

 


Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM:

“A Crash Course in Game Manufacturing” with Ben Rosset and Alex Corrao, Panda Game Manufacturing

Join Ben Rosset and Alex Corrao from Panda for a crash course on game manufacturing. They will offer tips on component choices, explain the production process, give ideas for running a Kickstarter campaign, provide a sneak peak inside the Panda factory, and take questions about game manufacturing.

10:45 AM: Raffle draw A

Browse games

View designer table assignments

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Session 1

1:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Session 2

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Lunch break (Open Gaming)

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Session 3

6:00 PM: Bar opens!

6:15 PM – 8:15 PM: Session 4

8:15 PM: Raffle draw B

8:15 PM – 11 PM: Open gaming and ProtoTO Partay!

Game library provided by BoardAgain Games

11 PM – late: ProtoTO Afterparty at Boxcar Social, 4 Boulton Avenue

 


Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM:

“How to Turn Your Gaming Passion into a Gaming Career” with Scott Gaeta

The holy grail for many is to quit your day job and make a living making games. But how do you break into the gaming world and make that dream come true? Find out from someone who did just that! What do companies look for in a candidate and how to get your foot in the door.

Join Scott Gaeta as he takes you on a journey through his career path over the last 20 years with anecdotes and tips on how to become a full time professional in the game industry. Scott has given many first timers their shot as game designers, artists, marketers, and just about every position a game company could hire.

Whether you want to design games, create amazing art, fantastic graphics, publish, produce or market them; there’s something in here for you. He will finish up with a “Ask Me Anything” and he means ANYTHING!

 

10:45 AM: Raffle draw C

Browse games

View designer table assignments

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Session 5

1:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Session 6

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Lunch break (Open Gaming)

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM:

“Yes, And…” with designer Sen-Foong Lim

ProtoTO 2017 will wrap up with a talk by veteran tabletop designer Sen-Foong Lim (Junk Art, Akrotiri). Sen will talk about how designers can approach the feedback they receive from playtesting.

 

5:45 PM: Raffle draw D and closing remarks