Come shape the future of gaming

Join in Maryland's first board game convention, by playing prototypes of the games of tomorrow- today!

Baltimore, Maryland

Unpub 6 returns to the Baltimore Convention Center with nearly 100% more space! More space, more games!

Work is Play

Two days of board gaming! Play and give you feedback to help shape the best games of the future!

Speak and be heard

Speak with game designers, publishers, and our Special Guests, Eric Lang and Rob Daviau!

About Unpub

Why your attendance is important to Unpub's growth

The Unpublished Games Network, also known as Unpub, is an organization that helps aspiring game designers establish contacts in the industry, have their games play-tested, and hone their craft to reach the dream of having their game published. Unpub does all this through an annual Unpublished Games Festival, presence at major conventions (PAX East, Origins, GenCon, and BGG.Con), and with the Unpub Mini Program’s partnerships with friendly local game stores. The website contains hundreds of designer-posted games and houses even more electronic feedback forms for all listed designs.

In the past 5 years, Unpub has moved from a small community meeting hall in Dover, Delaware to a 14,000+ sq. ft. space in the Baltimore Convention Center. On April 9, 2016, we will host our sixth annual Unpublished Games Festival (Unpub 6) at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. With over 90 game designers, two incredible special guests (Eric Lang & Rob Daviau), more vendors, and more play testers we are estimating a public attendance of over 2,000 people- that is TWICE last year’s attendance! This is an exciting time of growth for Unpub and one in which we hope you can be a part.

Unpub 6 Play Tester Tickets

On sale September 3, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT



  • FREE Admission April 9 & 10
  • Play Unlimited Games
  • Eligible for Hourly Prize Drawings

Unpub 6 is a rain or shine event. Designer tables are limited to two games listed within the event program, and requested they bring no more than 2 different games per table, per day. At the request of the Baltimore Convention Center, no pets allowed but service animals are welcome. Unpub and the Baltimore Convention Center are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Out of respect for those on a waiting list, tickets and tables are non-transferable. Tickets and tables are refundable (less 6% processing fee) BEFORE February 1, 2016. Any refunds after January 31, 2016 11:59PM EDT will not be acknowledged. Should you have any questions, or require a refund please email

Unpub 6 Schedule of Events

What is what, and when is when, of Unpub 6


Main Hall

Play Testing

10:00 AM - 07:00 PM

About Main Hall

The second, and final day of Unpub! Play as many games as you would like. Give feedback and help make better board games together!

Vendor Hall

10:00 AM - 06:00 PM


Vendor Hall Hours


Main Hall

Play Testing

10:00 AM - 08:00 PM

About Main Hall

The doors open and the heart of Unpub begins! Play as many games as you would like. Give feedback and help make better board games together!

Vendor Hall

10:00 AM - 08:00 PM


Vendor Hall Hours


Main Hall

Open Gaming

08:00 PM - 02:00 AM

About Main Hall

Want a break from the prototypes? At 8pm we'll open the Unpub Game Library and allow you to play any game you'd like (published, not published, etc.).

Renegade Games

Breakfast Reception

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Join us for the kick-off of Unpub 6 Designer Day with a light breakfast!

Panda Game Manufacturing

A Panda’s Perspective

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


Learn the ins and outs of manufacturing tabletop games.

Games Keep, LLC

FLGS: You Game Keepers

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


Marketing and manufacturing your game with retailers in mind.

Gamers for Cures

Silent Auction

12:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Participate in Unpub's first silent auction, where proceeds will benefit Gamers for Cures.

Lunch Break

12:45 PM - 02:00 PM



State of the Industry

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM


Q&A and open-end discussion of the board game industry with AdMagic, Panda Game Manufacturing, Renegade Games, The Games Keep, and Daily Magic Games.

Designers Lang & Daviau

League of Legends

03:00 PM - 04:15 PM

About Designers

Q&A with designers Eric Lang (Dice Masters, Blood Rage, ExCom) and Rob Daviau (Risk Legacy, Pandemic Legacy, Seafall.)

Open Gaming

04:30 PM - 12:00 AM


Pull up to a table and play some games. The hall will close promptly at Midnight. Please plan accordingly.

Unpub 6 Special Guests


Eric Lang been designing games professionally for the last 15 years. Games based on awesome licenses like Star WarsLord of the RingsWorld of WarcraftA Game of ThronesWarhammer FantasyDuel MastersCall of Cthulhu, and many more. Mr. Lang has also designed many original themed games such as Quarriors! and Mystick, with several new original IP’s currently in development.


Rob Daviau is an award-winning game designer whose games have been sold world-wide. Since 1998, he has designed and published over 60 games from children’s games to family games to party games to more in-depth games for the hobby market. Rob has largely designed tabletop games but has also done work with hybrid physical-digital games and some work with digital games.

Unpub Designer VIPs

Nick Ferris   ♦   Peter Gousis   ♦   Garrett Herdter   ♦   Travis Watkins   ♦   Matt Wolfe

Unpub 6 Sponsors


For sponsorship opportunities and inquiries, please email

Unpub 6 Hotel Information

Hotels in Baltimore are hard to come by, as there is also a city-wide event as well as a home Orioles game the same weekend. With that said, Unpub has secured the following  hotel for Unpub group rates:

Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
301 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Our Group Code is Unpub
Please call them for rates as it does vary by day


We also have partnership with Parking Panda to help reserve your parking ahead of the convention:

Parking Panda-Reserve Parking-Button

Use promo code: UNPUB2016

What others say about Unpub


I love Unpub because it gives me the chance to test, test, refine, test, and then refine again - all in the course of three days. Besides, the best and the brightest in indie game development are there, so it's a chance to talk to the smartest designers I know.

Doug Levandowski

Because of UnPub, I was able to accomplish four months' worth of playtesting and development in one weekend.

John du Bois

As a game publisher, Unpub 4 was an excellent opportunity to meet an impressive array of game designers in a format where we had the time and opportunity to really connect over their games. Unpub is an outstanding opportunity for both game designers and game publishers.

Ralph Anderson (Eagle & Gryphon Games)

Unpub is a great community that helps game designers develop and refine their designs. It's a wonderful effort that strengthens the relationship between designers and players.

Ken Graizer

Easily my favorite convention of the year.

Bryan Fischer (Nevermore Games)

Unpub is, quite simply, indispensable to board game designers. Where else are you going to find a community of smart fellow designers, eager playtesters and publishers on the lookout for their next release?

Chris & Suzanne Zinsli

Unpub 6 – Baltimore Convention Center – Baltimore, Maryland – April 9 & 10, 2016