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


Game Design and Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University

Brantford Games Network

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



 Meeple Syrup Show

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.





The Daily Worker Placement



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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.





Four Corners of the Board
Podcast Team




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.