Unpub 8 Tickets!
Aug08

Unpub 8 Tickets!

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Unpub 8 News
Jul08

Unpub 8 News

It is the moment you have been waiting for since St. Patty’s weekend! The details for Unpub 8 are here, and we are so very excited to finally share them with our wonderful community of designers, playtesters, publishers, and vendors. But before we do that, how about a little history lesson? As you may, or may not, be aware, Unpub started out in the humble little town of Woodside, Delaware in the community hall of a church. It then moved to an FOP lodge for a year, and then onto St. Thomas Moore High School’s cafeteria for two years. For Unpub 5, a change in locale and state was necessary to accommodate the growth of the organization and demand for more space to playtest games. It was at this point that we settled on the Baltimore Convention Center, which continued to be Unpub’s home for the last three years. The event has continued to grow in attendance every year. While the BCC has been good to us, we are always looking for what can be better for our designers and playtesters. Due to the high cost of hotels, parking, and food within the Convention Center and the city of Baltimore, the organization began to search for a more fiscally feasible home in 2016.  After a lengthy and careful search, Unpub found a new place for our community and we are beyond excited about the possibilities it has to offer!   We are extremely pleased to announce that Unpub 8 will be hosted at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley, formerly the Hunt Valley Inn, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, from March 22-25, 2018. While the convention’s location has changed, our goals haven’t. We still want to ensure that designers have a place for their games to be tested. We fully expect your convention experience will be even better! All the hallmarks of our annual event will still be there. We’ll still have tables for designers, open gaming during off hours, and, of course, we’ll continue to have our fantastic vendors! To cap it all off, Unpub will continue to be accessible by light rail! We’ve just moved up the road a bit. But why the Delta Hotel? The hotel offered the Unpub community a sweet package. How does free parking sound? How does reasonably priced food, or having a hotel room literally attached to the event hall sound? In fact, the hotel is really Unpub’s from the top to the basement. Open gaming will keep going and going! We thought it sounded pretty great too. While Unpub is still paying a similar price to that of...

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Unpub 8 F.A.Q.
Jul08

Unpub 8 F.A.Q.

When can I buy tickets? August 8, 2017 at 8:00pm ET. The link will be posted by August 5, 2017 and will go live on 8/8 @8!   Can I get into Unpub to play games without a ticket? A walk-in playtest? All are welcome starting on Friday, March 23rd at 3pm, and continuing on Saturday March 24th, from 10am to 7pm, and on Sunday March 25th, from 10am to 2pm. Any other time is considered open gaming, with the hall closing officially at 7pm on Sunday. Any other time, including Designer Day, requires purchasing a Designer or VIP ticket.   What are the differences between all the types of tickets? Designer Table – ($60) Designer Tables are a bit different this year. All tables are considered TAG tables. So each table purchased comes with 2 designer tickets and 1 table for two consecutive 4-hour blocks. Designers are permitted to purchase one table in each BLOCK, thus locking in a full event table. Two tables within the same BLOCK is not permissible. Designer tickets also guarantee two tickets for the Unpub Mixer on Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm. VIP Playtester – ($30) VIP Playtester ticket holders have access to all events and benefits of a designer ticket holder, but do not have access to a designer table. VIP Playtesters will also be invited to attend the Unpub Mixer on Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm. One ticket guarantees one admittance. Registered Playtester –  ($5) Registered playtesters have the same access as a general playtester, see below, but include a printed name tag and guaranteed Unpub gift. General Playtester – (FREE) General playtesters have free admission to the playtesting events and open gaming. As in years past, every submission of a feedback form via the unpub.net site, IOS app, or Android app, will count as one entry into a drawing for free games to take home!   What are the time frames for the tables? In the past,TAG tables have been split into AM/PM or PM/AM shifts. This year, we worked to form a schedule with less change over time, which also means less time a designer has to spend picking up or taking down his or her game. We have dubbed the new tag table times as BLOCK 1 and BLOCK 2. When purchasing a ticket, designers will be able to select from these two options unless one has sold out. BLOCK 1: Friday March 23rd from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday March 24th from 10am to 2pm BLOCK 2: Saturday March 24th from 3pm to 7pm and Sunday March 25th from 10am to 2pm Obviously, if a BLOCK 1...

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Unpub 8 VIP
Jul08

Unpub 8 VIP

Unpub is very pleased to announce that Unpub 8’s VIP Guest will be Matt Leacock! Matt Leacock is a board game designer, most known for cooperative games such as Pandemic, Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert. His latest releases are Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 and Mole Rats in Space. If you have never had the opportunity to check out Matt’s blog, please take some time before Unpub 8 to do so. He gives so many helpful tips, tricks, and insights into the game design process. Matt is incredibly excited to be coming to Unpub 8, especially after wanting to attend in the past, but being unable to due to scheduling conflicts. Unpub 8 is on his schedule now! Twitter: @mattleacock Blog:...

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Unpub at Origins Game Fair
Jun08

Unpub at Origins Game Fair

Good Morning Fellow Gamers! As many of you are aware, we here at Unpub are busy preparing for our next ProtoAlley at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio! We’ve been a guerrilla feature at this convention for several years, and this year thanks to our awesome sponsor Renegade Games, we’ll be there in an official capacity! Origins will be at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215,) Starting Thursday June 15 through Sunday June 18, 2017. This is 5 full days of gaming and Unpub is proud to be in the heart of it all. Our rooms will be C171 and C172 and we’ll be active for at least 4 days of the Convention starting at 10am each morning. Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’ll play till 5pm. Each of those days consists of two shifts, 10am to 1pm, and 2pm- 5pm. Sunday starts at 10am like the other days, but it will end at 2pm and we only have one shift for designers to demo their games. We might be open for a period of time on Wednesday evening, as well…and we will look for other times to throw open the doors and hoist our noodle, so stay tuned to our social media for extra times! Registration for the event has been going on for a few weeks now, and we are excited about the 64 games currently registered from 41 different designers! As of this writing there is still space in every shift across the event for more designers. We have 28 tables each shift and while it looks like some shifts are full, there is still space due to the way things will adjust.  If you want to get involved Register your game for the event! Get on the waiting list if you have too. How do you Register?  If you’re in the system, hit the registration button to the right. Sign in using your username and password. Hit the event management link to your right. Select the shift you want and show up with your prototypes in hand! If you’re not in the system, the steps are identical…except you have to Sign up for an account and then enter your games into the system. If you have any questions reach out and we’ll do our best to help you. Word of warning: to get the best possible exposure for this event, get registered by midnight Sunday! We’ll be packing up the office and hitting the road, so the more we know before we do that, the better off everyone will be. We are very thankful for the opportunity to be present at a whole...

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Unpub 7
Jan09

Unpub 7

March 17-19, 2017, we will host our seventh annual Unpublished Games Festival (Unpub 7) at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Unpub 7 was attended by over 1,400 people and Unpub 7 is expected to nearly double this number. With over 120 game designers, a special guest (TBA), more vendors, and more play testers we are estimating a public attendance of over 2,000 people. In the past 6 years, Unpub has moved from a small community meeting hall in Dover, Delaware to a 16,000+ sq. ft. space in the Baltimore Convention...

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