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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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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How to host an Unpub Mini Event
Apr17

How to host an Unpub Mini Event

So you want to participate in Unpub, but there’s not an Unpub event near you? Not a problem. just hold your own Unpub Mini. It’s probably less complicated than the last boardgame you played, although that won’t stop me from going into way too much detail anyway. First and most importantly, you need to love board games. Sure, having people, a place, and a time are all important, but loving boardgames is the most important. If you aren’t enthusiastic about holding an event, no one else will be either. I assume, if you are still reading, you are enthusiastic enough to go through with it, so lets get down to the details, because despite what the Beatles say, love isn’t all you need to hold a great Unpub Mini event. The first step is to find some people. If you gather with friends to play games, that’s a good place to start. In more populated areas, it might be easy to find local gaming groups by going online, or going into your local game store and asking around. Also try church social groups, local libraries, boy and girl scout troops, and local schools and colleges. Find people interested in playing unpublished games. (if you need reasons to convince them, just look at What Unpub Can Do for You.) Once you have found enough people who might be interested, you can start to plan the actual event. The second step is to find tables, by which I mean find a place to hold the event. An Unpub Mini event usually takes up 5-8 tables, and typically has an attendance between 10 and 40 people, so keep that in mind when scouting locations. Keep in mind that any location might have regular weekly events that will take up some room. If you have a local game store, start there, and see if the owner is willing to host an event. It can be a great way for an owner to generate additional traffic into the store, and increase a customer base. (Sometimes, the owner will even do all the work of planning it, and all you have to do is show up and host) A game store is, of course, the ideal situation because then you have built-in marketing and a pool of interested people. If you can’t find a store willing to host, think about other public places you can meet. Restaurants or bars might be willing to set aside an unbooked “event room” if they think they will bring in extra revenue from people eating and drinking. Church halls, schools, colleges, and places like fire halls and VFW posts...

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