Special Guests

Christopher Chung


Christopher Chung is the designer of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, winner of the 2015 Mensa Select award. Lanterns was also nominated for the 2016 SXSW Tabletop Game of the Year, 2015 Golden Geek Family Board Game and 2015 Dice Tower Gaming Awards Best Family Game. Chris graduated with a B.Comm from Ryerson University and Seneca College. He loves hockey, video games, game soundtracks, and staying up late at night to design more games.

Chris will playtest prototypes throughout the weekend at ProtoTO 2017.



Scott Nicholson


Dr. Scott Nicholson is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario. He is the director of the Brantford Games Network (BGNlab) and the BFAA in Game Design and Development, with a focus on making games to change the world. He was the host of Board Games with Scott, the first board game series on YouTube, from 2005-2010, and is the designer of Tulipmania 1637 and Going, Going, Gone.  His research focuses on using live-action games, such as escape rooms and simulations, for education and training.

BGNlab-325pxwThe Game Design and Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University program is designed to help students learn how to design tabletop and digital games to address real-world needs. The degree, an Honours Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts, focuses on how to motivate players to engage with games and prepares students to use a combination of game mechanisms and storytelling to engage players through games and simulations. While not a programming degree, students learn to make digital game prototypes through a series of courses taught by Conestoga College on the WLU Brantford Campus. Throughout their four years, students will work with the Brantford Games Network lab (BGNlab) on community-focused design projects and game jams. For the capstone project, students partner with an organization to create a game with real-world outcomes and work with our Launchpad to explore the potential markets for their game.

Scott will kick off ProtoTO 2017 with his talk “Making Games to Change the World” on Friday evening (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, view full schedule).



Sen-Foong Lim


Sen-Foong Lim is the short, Asian half of the table top design team, the Bamboozle Brothers. Since 2011, they have released many games, covering a diverse range from the Euro-styled strategy game “Belfort” to “But Wait, There’s More!” the party game about pitching wacky products.  They have increasingly become involved in designing games featuring some of fandom’s most beloved intellectual properties since gaining critical success in the hobby.

Sen will wrap up ProtoTO 2017 with the talk “Yes, And…” on Sunday evening (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, view full schedule).

Sen will also test out prototypes throughout the weekend.


Panda Game Manufacturing


Ben Rosset and Alex Corrao from Panda Game Manufacturing will be at ProtoTO 2017.

Panda Game Manufacturing was founded in early 2007 to provide tabletop game publishers with high quality overseas manufacturing services. Panda is a western managed company with production facilities based in Shenzhen, China. Panda has manufactured thousands of titles, including Pandemic, Scythe, Dead of Winter, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Raiders of the North Sea, Robinson Crusoe, and Anachrony, just to name a few. We’d love for you to connect with us at ProtoTO and to talk about how we can help you to make your dreams become a reality.


Ben Rosset is a Sr. Project Manager and has been with Panda since early 2015. As a Project Manager, he guides clients through the production process from the time the project is quoted until the last shipments leave the factory. He’s also a game designer. His designs include Between Two Cities and Brew Crafters.



Alex Corrao is a Prepress Specialist and an Account Manager at Panda. As a Prepress Specialist, he assists clients in the preparation of art files for the manufacturing process. As an Account Manager, he consults with clients on component/production options and preparing quotations.





To Die For Games


Mandi Hutchinson, Caryl Tan, Tracy Thillmann and Stéphane Lebeau from To Die For Games will be at ProtoTO 2017!

Mandi Hutchinson contributes to the gaming community with her To Die For Games team through a variety of video and written platforms. She specifically focuses on the Chit Chat segment with Caryl, the live Twitch streaming with Michael and content editing.  Mandi likes to be busy so some of her other hobbies include: snowboarding, football, makeup artistry and sewing.  She enjoys pinup fashion and is easily recognizable at the gaming table by her hair colour and fun hair accessories.


Caryl Tan has been contributing video content with To Die For Games in her segment with Mandi called Chit Chat with Mandi and Caryl in content, editing and video effects. When she’s not working on videos, she’s either at home on her computer, obsessively reading game of thrones theories on reddit, or forcing her dog to snuggle in bed.



Tracy Thillmann, aka The Gaming Maven, is so passionate about board games, she get wrist injuries from punching cardboard tokens. Oooooo, components. The elusive Maven is usually found at local gaming watering holes, as well as at local conventions, teaching games, as well as playing them. Podcaster, blogger, YouTube-r extraordinaire, and budding designer; the topic of board games never gets old with the Maven.


Stéphane Lebeau, The Games Teacher, is a life-long gamer. In his day job working for a large multi-national company, some of his favorite work is done in the class room, where he loves every aspect of being a “trainer”. So, it’s not surprising that in the world of board games, he derives as much, or even more, enjoyment from showing people how to play a game, as he does playing games himself. If you need a hand learning a game, don’t hesitate to ask him!




The Daily Worker Placement


Sean Jacquemain from The Daily Worker Placement blog will be at ProtoTO!

Sean is the Managing Editor and Photographer for the DWP. He has been gaming all his life. From Monopoly and Clue at the cottage to Euchre tournaments with the family, table top games have taken up a lot of his free time. He is a contributor to The Dice Tower Podcast and has written for Games Trade Magazine and Meeple Monthly. He lives and works in Toronto.



What Did You Play This Week Podcast


Jamie Maltman from WDYPTW Podcast will be at ProtoTO 2017!

Toronto native Jamie Maltman contributes the Learning From and Through Boardgames segment to the weekly What Did You Play This Week Podcast, a member of Punchboard Media. Jamie has been playing hobby boardgames since he was a kid in the early 80s, from TSR through Avalon Hill and Magic to the Euro invasion and now the modern boom. Not only does he frequent quarterly TABSCon and Annual Breakout Con, he plays a lot of games with his wife and two boys under 10, bringing along his next generation of gamers.

Find him at @jmaltman on twitter www.jamiemaltman.com for his fiction that he occasionally writes, or more about the podcast and network www.wdyptw.com www.punchboardmedia.com




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4 friends, 3 age demographics, 2 genders, 1 argument. Join the RPGer, number cruncher, neophyte, and alpha gamer as we analyze one board game at a time!  A proud member of the Dice Tower Network. Four Corners is: Brent Arquette, Lella Dal Ferro, Megan Burgess and Graeme Anderson.