Searching for local game conventions

Jessica Berlin Conventions 1 Comment

Recently, I’ve been trying to figure out where else we can take our game to playtest it. We’re in San Diego, Calif., which means we’re pretty far away from most of the big gaming conventions in the U.S. (why are there so many in the eastern part of the country?!). We have a couple small local board gaming cons here in the San Diego area (we’ve been to both Kingdom-Con and EsCon) and there’s Strategicon three times a year in LA, which is great. But, I’ve been trying to cast a wider net and see what else is out there that we might be able to participate in and get some playtesting in for our game. While I was searching …

How to host your own Unpub Mini event

Jessica Berlin Playtesting 8 Comments

This post was originally published on the League of Gamemakers blog on Feb. 25, 2015. Since this was posted, we have organized two more Unpub Mini San Diego events and we are currently planning another event for Saturday, June 4. Designer preregistration begins April 1. To sign up for email updates about the event, visit unpubminisd.com. Unpub Mini If I told you that I hosted an Unpub Mini event in San Diego last November for tabletop game designers to run playtests of their prototype games, you might think I’m part of a big game design studio, that I’ve done this before, or that we even have a published game. You’d be wrong on all counts, but we did it anyway! …

How one conversation at a local game convention saved us from Kickstarter hell

Jessica Berlin Conventions 1 Comment

How do I maximize my presence at small local game conventions as a new game designer? Local conventions are such a great place to get your feet wet as a game designer before you invest in larger conventions like Gen Con or Origins. One of the greatest things we’ve discovered about attending local conventions is the connections you can make and things you can learn from other people in the board gaming industry. Get out there and talk to people. We’ve attended Strategicon in Los Angeles several times and the first time we went we had been planning to launch a Kickstarter for our first game that was in progress at the time. We ended up meeting and talking to …