Game Designers Convention in Goettingen 2024

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Registration to the Game Designers Convention in Goettingen 2024

The 42th Game Designers Convention take place in Goettingen on June 01st and 02nd 2024 in the Stadthalle Göttingen. Organizers are the Game Designers Association (SAZ) and the City of Goettingen – Culture Department. All game authors and publishers are cordially invited to participate. This event is a perfect platform where game designers can present their prototypes to representatives of game publishers. They receive direct feedback and the chance to find a suitable publisher for their newly developed games.

The admission fee can be paid for all participants aged 16 and over (including accompanying persons) by Paypal, bank transfer or at the entrance: Authors incl. table € 30,00 | SAZ members can receive a discount of € 10.00 with a Promotional Code | Companions of authors € 10,00 | Publishers representative € 30,00. Admission is free for children and young people under 16 years.

Further information you get clicking on the corresponding tab above including an application (only German) for the Award of the German Game Author Scholarship, the timetable and for some visual impressions some pictures of the years before.

Registration: Since Saturday is a closed event, registration is mandatory for ALL participants (authors, companions, publishers). For this purpose, you find until May 19th 10 PM an online form incl. immediate email confirmation.

Click here to register as designer/press representative

Click here to register as publisher

Here is the current list of participating publishers and agencies:

Corax Games
D&R Denkriesen GmbH
frechverlag
Godot Games
HABA Sales GmbH & Co. KG
Hans im Glück
Helvetiq & Steffen Spiele
HUCH!
Kallmeyer Lernspiele
Korea Boardgames
KOSMOS
Lookout GmbH
Loosey Goosey Games
Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag
PD-Verlag
Pegasus Spiele
Perdix Spiele
Schmidt Spiele GmbH
Skellig Games
Spielstart
White Castle
Zoch / Simbatoys

 

(The list will continue to be updated until until the start event).

 

Information about the event

The Game Designers Convention in Goettingen has been founded 1983 by Karin and Reinhold Wittig (Edition Perlhuhn) and has become a steady institution. Since 2017, the SAZ – together with the city of Göttingen – has been co-organizer and continues this tradition. Below you will find detailed information about the meeting.

Event location: Stadthalle Göttingen, Albanipl. 2, 37073 Göttingen: Google-Map

Deadline for registrations to the Convention is May 19th, 2024. Later applications cannot be accepted, for organizational reasons. As soon as the maximum number of 180 tables has been reached, registrations can only be made on a waiting list. The number of free tables is shown on the application form.

Targeting publishers: From mid-May onwards, you will also find a list of all the publishers registered up to then. This is a good opportunity to find out in advance which publisher could be suitable for your own game prototypes. Nearly every publisher has one or more specializations and also certain types of games that do not fit into the program.

Once you have found the right publisher(s) for your games, you can get in touch with the relevant editors. There will also be an opportunity to drop off a short description of your game(s) into “Publisher’s Mail Boxes” of suitable publishers (please avoid filling everyone's boxes). You can find a WORD form for such short descriptions here. You can also try to make appointments in advance with specific editors sending them your game descriptions. However, please do not send unsolicited presentations or prototypes to the publishers!

For all newcomers or rather inexperienced authors, we strongly recommend taking part in the free online tutorial.

Anyone who does not yet have a game under contract can apply for the German Game Author Scholarship - sponsored by the Spiel des Jahres jury. Free participation is possible until April 14. Further information and the PDF application form can be found here.

The participation fee can be paid for all participants aged 16 and over (including accompanying persons) by Paypal, bank transfer or in cash at the entrance.  Authors incl. table € 30,00 | SAZ members can receive a discount of € 10.00 with a Promotional Code | Companions of authors € 10,00 | Publishers representative € 30,00. Admission is free for children and young people under 16 years. This contribution finances the GÖTTINGER SPATZ award, organizational expenses as well as a contribution to the hall costs. All participants will receive a name badge after showing their ticket (electronic or paper), which we ask you to wear during the meeting. Publishers' representatives and SAZ members can complete the formalities on the day before the editors' workshop or at the SAZ General Meeting. On Saturday it is a closed event in which admission is not possible without a name tag.

Entrance and parking: There are no free parking spaces available at the Stadthalle.
The Albaniplatz - Göttingen parking lot offers parking spaces for 131 cars. The parking lot is also equipped with disabled parking spaces and is located in the immediate vicinity of the Stadthalle. The parking lot is subject to a charge. Payment at the pay machines is only possible in the form of cash with bills and coins. Further information can be found here.

About lodging you should take care by yourself. If necessary, please contact Göttingen Tourism and Marketing: Altes Rathaus, Markt 9, 37073 Göttingen, Tel.: +49-551-49980-20, email contact.

Spaghetti dinner: This year we are continuing the traditional spaghetti dinner on Saturday evening. It will also take place in the Stadthalle from 07:30 pm. Pasta with two different sauces will be offered as a buffet at a price of 15.00 euros. Drinks are not included in the price. Participation can be booked together with the registration until 19.05.2024.

For further information and as media contact, please apply to Hans-Peter Stoll, Manager of the SAZ: email contact, phone +49-6206 - 9123192.

Five more info’s and rules about our gathering:

  1. If you have to cancel at short notice, please still let us know about it so we can update our participants' list, and, where applicable, assign tables to other participants.
  2. Please note that on Saturday, our gathering is not open to the public but only to people who have signed in beforehand.
  3. Please return the name tags after the gathering.
  4. Please note the closing times of the Stadthalle: Saturday at 10.00 pm, Sunday at 2.00 pm. By then, everyone must have left the hall.
  5. There is a charge for parking in front of the Stadthalle.

Schedule and timetable

Monday, May 13th
19:00 Online Tutorial - introduction for first time participants
Saturday, June 01st
09:00 Doors opening and allocation of tables
10:00 Opening with a welcome by Hartmut Kommerell, Chairman of SAZ, and Ehsan Kangarani, Major of the City of Göttingen

Laudatio and award ceremony of the GÖTTINGER SPATZ

Announcement of the three candidates for the German Scholarship for Aspiring Game Authors
19:00 Uhr Awarding of the German Scholarship for Aspiring Game Authors
19:30 Uhr Spaghetti dinner (also in the Stadthalle)
21:45 Uhr End of the 1st day. Please leave the Stadthalle til 22:00.
Sunday, June 02nd
09:00 Entry and continuation of the convention with the public:
Goettingen Day of Games
12:30 Drawing of the tombola prizes for players, Sponsor: HUCH!
13:45 End of the convention. Please leave the Stadthalle til 14:00 h.

Notice

We try to keep the podium events short. During this time we ask the participants at the tables in the hall to remain as quiet as possible and not to disturb the event.

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