board games toronto

Toronto is getting a board game festival and convention where you can try new games

Ever wondered how board games, role playing games and card games get created? It turns out the answer is by testing them right here in Toronto.

Founded in 2016, ProtoTO is an annual tabletop game design convention that tests new ideas out on real players. Taking place the weekend of September 27 - September 29 this year on the second floor of the Holiday Inn on Carlton, passes for the full three days are just $15.

The event mostly involves play-testing and open gaming on dozens of new game prototypes, but there are also speaking engagements and of course (like any good convention) after parties!

If you're a designer, you can get mentorship from other designers, and it's easy to volunteer for the fest if you want to help out.

But most of all, lots of testers are needed, so you want to unleash your nerdy side and help bring new board games to life, score some tickets quick.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

Wasaga Beach really doesn't want you to visit

Popular beach in Ontario shuts down for the rest of the summer

Ontario says backcountry and crown land camping will be allowed starting this week

Popular Toronto gym locked out by landlord after owing more than $100K

Toronto just got 40 km of expanded bike routes

This is how GoodLife Fitness plans to reopen its gyms in Toronto

Toronto Maple Leafs are still in the hunt for Stanley Cup as NHL unveils 2020 playoffs

Yoga studio shuts down permanently after 10 years in Toronto