Understanding the Feedback Form
Sep05

Understanding the Feedback Form

You may have noticed something new showing up on some Kickstarter pages lately–a box with 7 circles ranging from 1-5, with the Unpub logo nearby. In fact they probably mostly range from 4-5. These same circles also show up on some Unpub.net game pages (when enabled by the creator) and on feedback pages in the designer admin area. These numbers represent the average ratings of different aspects of games when people fill out feedback forms at an Unpub event. They help other players know what the game is like, and help the designers see what areas they need to focus on. When you use the official feedback form, there are 7 categories that accept a numerical rating: Game length Learning Ease Decisions Downtime Interactivity Originality Fun These terms are somewhat subjective, and leave it to the player to decide what rating each category deserves. Let’s look at each category and see what a good rating in each means. First, game length is one of the most straightforward ratings, because it is easy to tell how long the game took. But this doesn’t mean that short games are given small numbers and long games are given high numbers. Unpub feedback used to rate game length on a scale of too short-just right-too long. With the switch to numerical ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, we lose some detail about whether players think it is too long or too short. A game dragging on too long is obviously bad, but a game that feels like it ends right before you get a chance to accomplish something might be just as disappointing. If it felt too rushed, or took too long to get interesting, this can have a big impact, even if the raw game time was exactly as promised. This is a good opportunity to contribute comments if you think the length was inappropriate. Next, learning ease is still fairly easy to rate. Generally, the faster it is to teach, the easier the rules are, and the higher the score should be. But the rating shouldn’t be solely based on how long it takes to explain the rules; it should also take into account who the audience is, how complicated the game is, and how well you understand the rules at the end. Your personal feelings about game length is valuable, to help find the audience. If you felt it was too long or short, let the designer know what you like to play. Not all explanations need to cover everything at once. Some games are better explained by slowly adding rules as the game progresses. On the other...

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Unpub on KickStarter!
Jul07

Unpub on KickStarter!

Unpub is now on KickStarter seeking funding for Unpub 5 and to help aid the entire Unpub Network! CHECK IT OUT! Why KickStarter? 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. Unfortunately, while helpful, these were not enough to completely fund the event and the large majority of the expenses were paid from the personal pockets of those running it. By moving to a larger venue (The Baltimore Convention Center) that is also close in proximity to Baltimore, Washington DC and BWI International airport, Unpub will have the opportunity for more playtesters, designers and even more publisher participation. 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. The goal is of this campaign is to cover costs for the Unpub 5 venue, event insurance, marketing and materials. Each additional dollar contributed will help ensure Unpub can travel to conventions that have extended an official invitation. CHECK IT...

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Think sad thoughts!
Jul04

Think sad thoughts!

Unpub is finalizing everything with our upcoming July 7th KickStarter campaign, but we need more help from you… or trusty Game Designers. We need you to think sad thoughts, take a photo, and send it to us! We are working on something that, we think, is nothing short of hilarious and the sadder the photos the better the pay off. We have received a slew of amazing photos already, but need more (we are greedy when it comes to photos of tears and strife). This is what we need you to do: Set up all, or part, of a game prototype you are working on. Set the mood to be sad, depressing, and lonely. Sit in that setting, looking as sad as an abandoned puppy (bonus points for tears). Take a few photos of yourself (or have someone help). Send those photos to: info@unpub.net before Sunday July 6th at 6pm EST. Check out the Unpub KickStarter on July 7th to see the final product! That’s all we are telling people for now, we like to keep surprises secret. So a HUGE thank you for those who have already submitted, like the pictured shot of Matthew O’Malley, and an advance thank you to the rest of...

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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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