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Unpublished Board Games Win At Delaware Convention

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MAGNOLIA, Del. - The video game industry brings in billions of dollars in revenue each year, but old fashioned table top games are starting to make a comeback.

Gamers from across the country, with their eyes not glued to a computer screen, but dice and cards were in Delaware to show off undiscovered table top games at the annual Unpub game convention, hoping a publisher may take notice, but some come just to have fun.

"They just came here to play games, giving feedback, and more or less just hanging out with everybody,"says Derrel Louder, Coordinator for Unpub.

Nat Levan was one of those players last year.  Now, he's showcasing his first game: New Bedford, centered around the Massachusetts whaling town.

Spectator turned designer, what's the difference?

Nat Levan says "it's a lot easier to walk up to something and say wow that looks really neat, Than to  convince someone that that's the case."

"It's nice to just unplug and to sit at a table with your friends or family...and interact directly," says Suzanne Zinsli, a game designer.

Chris and Suzanne Zinsli created the card game, Tessen, which showed for the first time last year.
   
"Suzanne had to convince me that the game was ready enough to bring to the event last year  uuuuh pretty happy that she did though,"Chris Zinsli.

The card game was picked up after last year's convention, and is set to hit stores in a few months.

WMDT's Jarred Hill tried his hand, going against the publisher from Van Ryder Games.
     
Of course I lost, but gaming conventions like this can be a major win for designers like the Zinsli's.  More than 50 games have been signed by publishers who played them at Unpub events, but organizers say that's not the only way to score big.

"The goal of unpublished is come get feedback, and leave happy because your games going to get better, says Derrel Louder.

Unpub runs until 8 PM Saturday night, and then opens back up tomorrow from 10am to 8pm at Thomas Moore Academy in Magnolia.

The event is free, but there is a concession stand, and all of those proceeds support the school's drama program.

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