The State of Games, Ep. 79: The One About Unpub 5

stateofgameslogonewMany of you faithful listeners know that Dice Hate Me has been a proud supporter of the Unpub Network since 2011, helping to bring awareness of an awesome playtesting community that has helped many game designers craft their games into published gems. The State of Games has been covering the Unpub scene since Unpub 2, and we’re proud to be back four years later for Unpub 5, which was totally awesome. So sit back and enjoy our tales from the unpublished masses – we hope to help the community growing strong for many years to come.

wombatrescueLinks to important things mentioned on the podcast:

The Unpub Network (All the games at Unpub 5 – plus panels!)

Games Keep

Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge


Valeria: Card Kingdoms

Wombat Rescue

Monster Truck Mayhem

Dungeon Shopper

Phoenix Covenant

Imperial City

Cosmic Kaboom

Club Zen

Bakers Street Irregulars

Ravenous River

Reactor Scram

Throne Dice

A La Kart

Rocket Powered Avalanche

Cube Quest



Resistance Avalon

Pandemic: The Cure



The Rabbit card games! (Gotta catch ’em all!)

Brew Crafters (It’s here for pre-order – get some Game Trayz, too!)

Belle of the Ball (It’s here, grab your copy now!)

VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game (It’s here – get your copy now!)

Compounded (All sold out! But more are coming this spring!)

The Great Heartland Hauling Co. (The second edition is here!)

VivaJava: The Coffee Game (Sold out!)

Carnival (The second edition is here!!)


And, finally:

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One Response to “The State of Games, Ep. 79: The One About Unpub 5”
  1. Listening to the podcast on this snowy Sunday morning and wanted to make sure history records this epic story accurately.

    So, the story for “Doug, Doug, Goose, Caboose” is that JR, Cody Lewis, Chris Zinsli, and Brian “Fightmaster” Neff were at dinner when someone came over and JR was introducing us. The guy misheard JR – or, like Suzanne’s family did one time just thought Chris and I were related – and was pointing at people to lock the names in and said, “Doug, Doug…” and a few of us said, “Goose!” Later on that night, JR had designed the game. (So while I’d love to steal some credit there, the design was all JR’s.)

    And I have copy #1. It is behind glass. It will not be played, except for very, very special occasions.

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