A three day Prototype Board Game Mini-Convention. Free entry for players.
Game Kastle: 1350 Coleman Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050
What is Unpub?
Founded in 2010, The Unpublished Games Network, called Unpub, is a growing community of game designers, publishers, players, retailers, and artists working towards the creation of new and unique table top games that will keep people entertained for generations to come. Unpub supports the game design and development community by organizing events designed to help unpublished games and their designers receive public playtests and feedback. http://unpub.net
What is Protospiel?
Started in 2001 by game designers Stephen Glenn, Dominic Crapuchettes, and Mike Petty, Protospiel supports organized events across the country for amateur and established game designers to test and promote nearly-finished game prototypes. http://www.protospiel.org
- Only Designers with a paid Designer Badge may run play test games on site.
- No published or finished games allowed. Games must be prototypes. Signed games and expansions to published games are allowed only if they are still in development.
- “Not safe for work” games are not allowed. No games with “Cards Against Humanity” language. The event will be family friendly with kids in attendance. Games with curse words or sexual language are prohibited.
- Secrecy is your responsibility. If your game is secret and can not be talked about online or photographed, it is your responsibility to communicate that to players. We suggest bringing a large stand up sign for the table next to your game and mentioning secrecy before and after each play test. We will have a few such stand up signs on hand for you to borrow.
- Designers do not get assigned tables. Please share the tables and play other designer’s games. No designer should ever be using more than one table at any given time.
- Please be respectful with your bags and gear. Please keep the walkways clear and your bags out of the way of gaming. Your bags should not be occupying valuable table space when not in use. If you need to, check your bags/gear at the registration table and we will stash your stuff under or behind the registration tables.
Sponsor Level and Meals
To underwrite the event we are seeking seven sponsors. One to cover the cost of the game design contest, and six more to underwrite the cost of six meals (lunch and diner each day) over the weekend. If we fill all of our sponsor slots, we will provide lunch and dinner Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to attendees. (Please note that this will be simple food that scales easily. Things like sandwiches, pizza, and wraps. We are unable to provide for specific food needs or allergies.) In the event the sponsor slots are not backed, we will reduce the number of meals we provide on site.
Assigned Tables for the Sponsor Levels
After a good deal of feedback from the community we are going to include a fixed or reserved table for each of the 8 possible sponsors (6 meal sponsors, game design contest sponsor, 1 major sponsor). If you really feel that you want a fixed assigned table instead of sharing table space, back at a sponsor level.
The indie board game community is heavily intertwined with Kickstarter. Board games are one of the most prolific categories on Kickstarter with large amount of backers participating in the community. Last year we heard from a lot of people who said they would have loved to come to Unpub Protospiel, but didn’t hear about it in time. Our hope is that a public Kickstarter campaign will allow more people to discover and participate in the event.
Anyone can fill out a raffle slip on site, for free! Over the entire weekend, every hour, on the hour, we will draw winners from the bucket of raffle slips. If you win, you can pick any one of the board games donated by our sponsors. You must be present to win. The longer you stay on site playing games, the more chances you have to win. No Kickstarter pledge is needed for the raffle, just show up to the event, fill out a slip and play some games. If you back at the VIP Player level, we simply pre-print a slip for you so you don’t have to remember to fill one out on site.
The goal with the raffle is to provide players additional incentive to attend and play games. Entry into the event is free for players, raffle entry is free, and we will have free food.
Our primary sponsor for the on site raffle is Impressions Distribution (http://www.impressionsadv.net). Last year, Impressions provided a small mountain of raffle prizes (shown below) and will do so again this year. We thank them for their support.
Host Location Capacity and Badge Limit
Our host location, Game Kastle, has seating capacity for approximately 115 people.
Arena (smaller room): 15 tables, 41 chairs
Dungeon (larger room): 32 tables, 73 chairs
Tables are rectangular and can seat up to six players.
We plan to use two tables for the registration/check in desk. One table will be used for raffle prizes and one table for food. To fit our host location capacity we are going to limit the total designer badges to no more than 40.
Here are a couple of photos inside Game Kastle from the event last year.
Last year we had 200 players, 37 designers and a dozen industry guests attend. This year we expect to top that number.
We are proud to announce our first three sponsors.
Franklin Kenter is covering the cost of the on site Game Design Contest. Check out Franklin’s profile and game designs here: http://www.caam.rice.edu/~fhk2/
Overworld Games is sponsoring a meal at the event. Overworld Games is the publisher of the highly acclaimed hidden identity game Good Cop, Bad Cop. Find out more via their website http://www.overworldgames.com.
Victory Point Games provided copies of their family friendly micro game, “Who Stole the Cookie?”. Their support made the VIP Player pledge level possible. Check out other Made in the USA game titles from Victory Point at http://www.victorypointgames.com.
Blue Panther is suppling the game design contest kits with some spiffy materials that will remain secret for now . . . http://www.bluepantherllc.com
The League of Gamemakers are sponsoring one of the meals at the event. Find them at: http://www.leagueofgamemakers.com
Perplext games is sponsoring one of the meals at the event. Find them at: http://www.perplext.com
Bezier Games is our major sponsor and will be suppling awesome lanyards. We can't thank them enough. http://beziergames.com
Risks and challenges
If the project creator gets hit by a bus, struck by a meteor or abducted by shadowy forces it will fall to a small staff of unpaid volunteers to pull off the event.
A large scale disaster or inclement weather could cancel the event. This is unlikely to happen in California in April, but still possible. Please refrain from testing your weather machine nearby.
If our host venue (Game Kastle) burns down, is taken over by squatters or shut down by overzealous bureaucrats, we will be forced to find a new location. We have a back up location, but in the event that falls through, the event would have to be canceled.
We outlined how the on site raffle works above, and it should be in compliance with Kickstarter policy (as it is wholly separate from the Kickstarter campain). However, if it turns out not to be in compliance, we reserve the right to cancel the raffle.
Our goal is to provide six meals (lunch and diner each day) on site. However, if we are unable to get the required number of sponsors, we will need to scale back this plan. You might hate the food, or hungry gamers might eat all of it before you get any.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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