Building better boardgames together needs funding!
Jun27

Building better boardgames together needs funding!

A change in zip code and venue are not the only big things on the horizon for the Unpub Organization. In an effort to fund this growing and beneficial program, a Kickstarter campaign will be launched to hopefully help raise funds for Unpub 5. Many people know that Unpub has traditionally been funded, in part, by sales of tables at previous Unpub functions and sponsorships by various businesses or publishers, but the large majority of the expense comes from out of the personal pockets of those running the event. Moving to a larger venue increases the opportunity for more playtesters, designers, and publisher participation from the proximity to Baltimore, Washington DC, and BWI International Airport. With a great location also comes the great responsibility of ensuring that the event venue is completely taken care of for our designers and playtesters. In an attempt to help Unpub break even, the main goal is to fund Unpub 5 and to pay for the venue, but also to include a secondary goal to help fund Unpub appearances at major cons such as PAX, BGG Con, GenCon, GrandCon, and more. The main goal of Unpub is to ensure designers receive our support, but many of the invitations to these major cons were regretfully declined due to a lack of funds to send an Unpub representative or designer there. Unpub’s goal is to make sure our designers are at the forefront of these cons by ensuring the presence of the Unpub organization in order to run a smooth event. For many of you, the most important announcement is that Designer Tables will be sold during this campaign for Unpub 5. We have more tables available this year, but they are still limited. And if it’s anything like the year previous, these tables will sell quickly. And we want to make sure everyone has a good chance to snag a table this year, so mark your calendars. The KickStarter campaign will go live on Monday July 7th at noon (12pm EST). Special additional rewards for backers will include VIP Playtester status (for a select few to attend on Friday to join designers & publishers for the Designer Only Day & Dinner), t-shirts, published games from Unpub alumni, and more. We also welcomeany suggestions or donations of time, product, or energy that could be included to make this KickStarter a success. More details about how YOU can become involved in this much-needed drive for funding will be released in the coming days. For now, stay tuned to Unpub.net and check your email box for new...

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Unpub Downloaded
Jun20

Unpub Downloaded

It’s another long drive in the car from a convention, what does that mean? It means it’s time for another Unpub Download! In this episode Darrell is joined by TC Petty III (designer of VivaJava: The Coffee Game, VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game, Don’t Get Eated, Xenon Profiter, and esteemed Ion Award Winner… oh and friend) on their trip back from Origins 2014. Listen in as they discuss Origins, GAMA, prototypes, TC’s secret ‘pen name’, and much much more! http://unpub.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Origins_Downloads_2.mp3 Ok it’s just an hour of none-sense, but give it a listen anyway. What else are you going to do, work?! Unpub Downloaded...

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Unpub Slogan Contest- The Winner!
May13

Unpub Slogan Contest- The Winner!

A total of forty-three (43) entries were received, nearly one-hundred (100) votes were cast, it took thirty-nine (39) seconds to read the poll results, it was close- but in the end the winner is: The winning entry, “Building Better Boardgames Together” was submitted by Unpub Designers Dr. Wictz (a team forged by Aaron Honsowetz & Austin Smokowicz). This slogan truly does define the spirit of the Unpub Network, and every event we hold. Congratulations...

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Unpub Slogan Contest
May07

Unpub Slogan Contest

UPDATE: Comments and submissions are now closed. The poll will be posted later today (Monday, May 12) Unpub needs a slogan, something that can sum up the program in a single sentence… or less. Sure, we could sit around and brainstorm ideas, but why not open up the floor to everyone? This is where we hope you come in. In the comments below, put your idea for a slogan (one slogan per comment). On Sunday, May 11, we will disable the comments and put up a poll May 12th. Voting will then commence until Thursday May 15 at 11:59. The winning slogan will be announced on Friday May 16th. The winner will receive: Bragging rights A copy of New Science (new) A copy of Compounded (new) A random game from our collection (new) Unpub 4 Promo cards pack Think that is enough to motivate you? So turn on your genius switch and use that poetic tongue of yours....

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What’s the Deal with Unpub 5?
Apr17

What’s the Deal with Unpub 5?

There isn’t a day that goes by where I am not asked about Unpub 5. Will there be one? When will it be? Where will it be? Why the hold-up on announcing? With that said I totally understand, and appreciate, your enthusiasm and excitement for the next Unpub- in fact I welcome the questions. I don’t, however, want to leave you all in the dark. So let’s tackle these questions as they stand now, shall we? Will there be an Unpub 5? Yes Virginia, there is an Unpub 5. No, that is NOT a hint of where it is… but you can tell yourself it is if it makes you happier. 🙂 When will it be? Sadly, this is a bit difficult to answer at the moment. I can say, with almost 80% certainty that it will be in January (like all previous Unpubs). See below for more details on this. Where will it be? This is harder to say as every time we have gotten close to signing on the dotted line, the proverbial rug has been pulled out from under us. We are looking in 2 cities at the moment, one far more than the other. Why the hold-up on announcing? We thought we had a place locked down, only to see an insane price point for rental. So that was a no go. Then a better place came along, with a better price, but then became booked the weekend we were requesting (Martin Luther King weekend). So we requested 2 other weekends, and we are now in standstill as we wait to hear back from them. I will say this, they are being helpful and supportive… slow, but  helpful and supportive. I didn’t want to announce it in the past, and I am happy that I did not, as I didn’t want to recant locations, webpages, advertising, etc. I am waiting until we have a signed on the dotted line and everything is final. I am hoping it is soon… but as I stated they are busy and therefore tend to be slow in responding. Stephanie Straw is doing the leg work on this, and is doing an AMAZING job. She does large scale event planning for a living, so she is ensuring we get everything we need at a great rate. Unpub 5’s future would truly be an enigma without her help. This isn’t a request to ask her about Unpub 5, cause she won’t tell anyone anything (as I have asked her). So if you have questions, shoot them to me. Steph is working hard to finalize it all, and once that is done then (and only...

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