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Designers, Publishers Test Out Unpublished Board Games

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MAGNOLIA, Del. - Game designers and publishers are hitting the shore this weekend to try out what they hope is the next big board game.

John Moller is a game designer and founder of UnPub 3, an unpublished game festival.

"We [in America] see games as toys," said Moller. "They're not, they're a hobby. It's something people continue to do and it grows every year."

Moller says the festival has doubled every year. This year alone, 40 designers and 65 games are on display at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, all aiming at a chance to appeal to publishers and be the next Viva Java, the first game at Unpub to be signed.
Chris Kirkman, CEO of Dice Hate Me Games is at the festival to sign a new game.  His company publishes Viva Java.

"One is the sequel to Viva Java, which is The Dice Game," said Kirkman. "It's a smaller game than the original that's caught my eye of course and I'm talking to the designer about possibly signing that. I've got a lot of different games that I want to play that are on my radar."

Daniel Solis, who is showcasing his new, unpublished game Belle of the Ball explains that in his game, "every player is a party host that had scheduled a party on the same night and so you're competing to invite the best matching guests to your party."

But designers and organizers say this festival goes beyond the game.

"In the age where everybody is tuned in and turned on, this gives you an opportunity to get away from that and be with people."

The festival continues through tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To find out more about Unpub, head over to their website.   

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