Grand Rapids, Michigan
November 3-5, 2017, Unpub will host the inaugural Unpublished Games Festival (Unpub Midwest) in Grand Rapids, Michigan!
November 3rd is Designer Day, and is only available to those with Designer or VIPlayer badges.
November 4th & 5th are open to the entire public.
Special Guest, Dominic Crapuchettes Dominic Crapuchettes is a game designer and entrepreneur based in Bethesda, Maryland. While in college he studied to become a writer and a composer of classical music. In 1997, he won $15,000 playing Magic: The Gathering on the pro tour. In 2001, he helped found the first game designer convention in the USA, Protospiel. In 2003, he stopped captaining an Alaskan salmon fishing boat to start North Star Games, LLC. Dominic won the Rising Star Game Inventor of the Year award at the 2010 TAGIE Awards.
The European Union is set to enact legislation that will make copyright fair use illegal. It is so far reaching that even simple things like memes and tweets with quotes in them will be illegal. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, and even the United Nations have condemned this legislation.
If this legislation passes it will force small businesses like Tabletop.Events to stop serving customers in the EU. Worse, if this sort of legislation passes it will likely influence laws in the United States, and could cause us to shut down entirely. To be clear, we do not violate copyright law, but this law would hold us accountable if someone uploads something to our site that violates copyright law. As a small business we simply do not have the resources to spend the $100,000,000+ needed to build a copyright filtering AI the way YouTube has, and even their AI is not perfect.
If you want to maintain a free and fair internet use the hashtag #SaveYourInternet and contact your local government officials telling them you do not want Article 13 to pass.