Unpub at Bethany College

Well I am back to working on the blog.

Bethany College is hosting an Unpub Mini event on January 21st at the Bethany Memorial Church in Bethany.  It goes from 10am to 5pm.  An Upub Mini is a small board game convention where people are given the chance to play test unpublished board games and provide designers feedback.

They will have published and unpublished designers there.  There will be drawings for board games for anyone who helps play test and gives feedback.  The college radio station, WVBC, will be broadcasting live from the event.  Anyone with a game they would like to play test can sign-up at Unpub.  The event is free to players and designers.

Know games at the event are Stephenson Brother Game’s Empire and Escape from Nemo’s Island. 

Bethany College regularly has people involved in the board game industry speak on campus as part of their Board Game Creator Seminar. On January 12 Cardboard Edison will be giving a lecture on campus at 4pm and is open to the public.

So those you like to play games, make their own games, want to make their own games, or talk about any of the above, give this a event a try.

Unpub’s Story

Founded in 2010 by John Moller, The Unpublished Games Network, called Unpub, is the hub for all information regarding the Unpub Network and events. The network 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!

So who is in the Unpub network?

We support the game design and development community by organizing events designed to help unpublished games and their designers receive public play-tests and feedback. These events are open to anyone who wishes to attend and play these games. Players are asked evaluate the games based on their tastes and provide constructive criticism in the form of verbal and written feedback.

 

CharCon 2016

The gaming convention CharCon returns this Friday October 14th at noon to Sunday October 16th at 7pm at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston.  The theme for this year is Fairy Tales.

Gaming for this include the Premier Board Game Tournament (with five new games to try), board game library from Appalachian Gamers, open gaming space, Aerodrome, Pathfinder Society, SPARKS (Star Wars), Confluence Meta RPG (FATE), Magic The Gathering tournaments, several social deduction games, Sailpower, Tech Commander, Settler’s of Catan US Championship Qualifier, Pure Steam RPG, Appalachian Cup (Warmachine), X-Wing tournament, Family Gaming on Sunday, demos and tutorials from 5th Epoch Publishing, State Championships finals for Diamonds, Nevermore, Letter Tycoon, Game of 49, Skull Kings, and Dimension, Double Exposure Envoy program with 50+ play to win games, many more other board games, war games, RPGs, and more.

For video gaming they have retro and fighting video games open play, Street Fighter V tournament, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, and challenge the members of the band Black Hole Zion in Street Fighter for the band’s swag.

Besides gaming the con will have panels from the 501st, on miniature modeling, and board game design, a Flea Market and Costume Contest on Saturday, a Kid’s Costume Contest on Sunday, a photo booth set-up, a kid’s area run by the Causeplayers group, and appearances from the WV Ghostbusters and their 30ft Say-Puff and Ecto-1.

The con will also have two CharCon after Dark events.  Friday a the Blue Parrot with four rock bands, $5 cover charge $3 with CharCon badge.  Saturday at the Monkey Barrel for games, prizes, music, drinks.

Weekend pass is $40 (children 12 & under $20), Friday pass $20, Saturday pass $25, Sunday $20, children 12 & under $10 per day, and visitor (non game playing) $10 per day.

Fans of gaming should be able to find something to interest, if they want to pay the con’s rates.

1d4Con 2016

1d4Con, the convention from the 1d4cast, is back this year from Friday April 15th at to Sunday April 17 at the Comfort Inn Aikens Center in Martinsburg.  Doors and registration start at noon on Friday and gaming starts at 2pm.

Games scheduled for this year include Car Wars, Firefly Board Game, Frostgrave, Malifaux, The Quiet Year, Mind’s Eye Theater LARPs, X-Files Board Game along with their game library.  RPGs for this are 13th Age, Call of Cthulhu, Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, Dread, Dungeons & Dragons (Advanced 1st edition and 5th edition with D&D Adventure League and Greyhawk Reborn), Fate Core, Fantasy Age, GURPS, Lady Blackbird, Marvel Superheroes (Project: Crusaders rules), Gumshoe, Robotech: Shadow Chronicles, Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, Stars Wars (Age of Rebellion, Edge of Empire, and Saga Edition), and Werewolf: The Apocalypse.  Plus they have Play to Win board games of Between Two Cities and Viticulture.  They have special tournaments as well: 1d4Con Frag Championship, 1d4Con Munchkin Madness, and Warmachines Appalachian Cup Qualifier.

They will have panels for the first time.  They are Evil GMing, Designing Adventures for Fantasy RPGs, Costuming for LARPs, Diceless Tabletop Roleplaying, and Heroic Gaming 101.  They have a vendors room, open space for open gaming, movie screenings, and more.

Games of Charity Drive is 1d4Con’s special fundraiser for The Red Wagon Ministry.  Players, and GMs, can purchase tickets for $1 that they can use in certain games to gain special boons, such as re-rolls or bonuses to rolls.  They will also be holding a raffle (which they are calling an auction) with the winners being pulled on Saturday night.  Raffle tickets are $2 each.

Pre-registration is already closed, but at door registration is $35 for the weekend, $25 for two days, $15 for Saturday, and $10 for Friday or Sunday.  Children 10 and under get in free with an adult.

Looks like a nice fun con for gamers to play at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casting Call on Kickstarter

Casting Call is a card game designed by to Charleston natives and theater performers, Stephen Hawyard and Erin Murphy.  One day Stephen got the idea to mix his two passions of gaming and theater together, so he got Erin to help with the design work.  And now they are looking for help to fund their idea on Kickstarter.

The game is simple. You play as a Broadway producer trying to get your cast together by playing cards before your rivals can.  Complete three Cast Sets which include Diva, Leading Man, Chrous members, and more.  Other cards include Scottish Play, Understudy, and Break A Leg.  The game plays from two to five and takes between half an hour to a full hour.

Rewards offered include getting your name on their Thank You page of their website, copies of the game, prints of the characters, illustrated poster of yourself as your favorite Broadway character, a deck of the game with you as a one of the character types, and a pizza party with one of the creators of the game.

They are currently at $1,730 of their $2,500 goal with 24 days left to go.  You can help out some fellow West Virginians and get a nice simple quick game to play with friends.

 

International Games Day @ Your Library

International Games Day @ Your Library is an initiative to reconnect communities through libraries around games brought together with the American Library Association and other library systems from around the world.  Over a thousand libraries around the world will take part in this program.  This year’s IGD is on Saturday November 21st.

Companies donating kits to libraries this year are Konami with the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game demo, USAopoly with Reverse Charades, YummyYummyYummy with Nommons: Math Universe and Calcuquest, Steve Jackson Games with Trophy Buck and Munchkin Treasure Hunt, Looney Labs with Choose One and EcoFluxx, and Paizo with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.  Now your library may not have gotten any of these kits.  Feel free to bring your favorite games to share with all.  Dryden Press is offering a free introductory copy of their Big Damn Dryden RPG to all who take part in IGD.

There will also be the International Minecraft Hunger Games set up by the Ann Arbor District Library.  Your library might be one of the districts for this tournament against other libraries.  BallyHoo Games is giving promo codes to their new iPad/iPhone game Zombie Heat to 25 libraries.

Check your local library to see if they are taking part in this event, or if they might be doing their game day early.  Libraries that I found on the IGD map include Kanawha county libraries, New Martinsville, Morgantown, Martinsburg, Craft Memorial Library in Bluefield, Vienna, Fayette County, Summersville, and Clarksburg.

If you have some time this Saturday, stop by to check out the gaming and be part of your community.

American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 55,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

 

Extra Life Con

Extra Life Con is an event to raise money for the WVU Children’s Hospital through the Extra Life Charity starting at 10am on Saturday November 7th and going at least until 1am on Sunday morning at the Capital City Lodge Fraternal Order of Police in Dunbar.

Admission is a minimum donation of $25.  There you can buy tickets for $1 which can be spent to enter tournaments or for the raffle that they will draw at 10pm.  All proceeds will be going to charity.  They have prizes and raffle items donated by local business and supporters of Extra Life to give away.

Pathfinder Society and SPARKS will both be running RPG sessions throughout the day.  There will be a board game library donated by CharCon, a pool table, dart board, poker table, arcade and pinball machines to play.  Chick-fill-A at the Town Center will be providing free lunch.

There will be Ms Pac Man and Galaga High Score tournaments at different times throughout the day.  Other tournaments include Martian Dice, pool, Settlers of Catan, darts, poker, and King of Tokyo.  All tournaments have prizes and you can sign up any time up to 10 minutes of start time.    They will do a Wits & Wagers Game Show at 7pm.  At around 10pm they will start-up large group gaming like Werewolf, Resistance, and others.

They have already raised nearly half of their target goal for this event.  You can sign up ahead of time or if you can not make it yourself still donate to help out some sick kids.

Gamers of all type should be able to find something fun to here.  Of course if you can not make, please consider making a donation to help out a sick kid.

 

Charcon 2015

Charcon returns for another year of gaming at the Charleston Civic Center this Friday October 16th at noon to Sunday October 18th at 7pm.  This year’s theme is Monsters vs. Aliens.

Games include the Premier Board Game Tournament with five new board games, Pathfinder Society, SPARKS Star Wars RPG, Aerodrome, Sailpower, Artemis Space Ship Simulator, Are you a Werewolf?, Catan Qualifier Tournament, Warmachine Appalachian Cup Championship, Pandemic Survival, 6 WV State Championship card games, Dagorhir demos, Mario Kart and Carcassonne drinking games, King of New York Tournament, Live Action Red Dragon Inn, Battletech, 2 Rooms and a Boom, Dice Masters draft, Warhammer 40k, a board game library from the Appalachian Gamers, open gaming space, D&D, and so much more.

They have lined up a few guests this year.  The Guest of Honor is cosplayer Raining Neion.  Artist guest Billy Tackett, cosplay guest Harley Heartthrob, authors Michael Knost and Brian Hatcher.  Plus Stephanie Erb, an actress who has appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, True Blood, Ray Donovan, 24, and The Ring.

Non-gaming events include panels on horror gaming, cosplay, photography, art in gaming, and more.  Photo shoots with guests and cosplayers.  Adult costume contest on Saturday with the winner getting a brand new sewing machine.  A kids costume contest and kids Ghostbusters Training on Sunday.  Drink and draw Saturday night along with the Charcon After Dark.  Live robotics demonstration with P.A.R.T.s.  Vendors and artist alley.

A weekend pass is $40, Friday and Sunday pass $20, and Saturday $25. Children twelve and under can get a weekend pass for $20 or day pass for $10.  A non-gaming pass is $10 per day.

This is a big year of gaming, with lots of different games to get in on and more non-gaming activities too.  I will be running Super Dungeon Explorer on Friday night, Kittens in a Blender on Saturday, and Krosmaster Arena on Sunday.  So come by and join in a game.