You don't have to go far to find something to do this weekend in Dover. Whether it's a little food, a little music, or a little shopping, there's plenty to do right at home this weekend.
GRAB A NEW GAME
WHAT Unpub III
WHERE St. Thomas More Academy, 123 Thomas More Dr., Magnolia
WHEN 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday
COST $5 — Admission price covers the cost of both days.
Cartrunk Entertainment will present the third annual Unpublished Games Festival this weekend at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia. The event offers gaming enthusiasts a much sought after opportunity to test games that haven't been offered to the general public yet.
Forty game designers have registered for the event that will feature more than 60 new games in need of some serious feedback in order to get to the next level of the publishing process.
One of those designers is Dover's own Darrell Louder, who has created an interactive chemistry-themed game, "Compounded." His game uses elements to create real compounds while using the Periodic Table of Elements for scoring.
Louder created his game in four days for the first "unpub" event three years ago. Since that time, a publisher has picked it up and other publishers have shown interest. Today, his project goes live on kickstarter.com, a funding platform for creative projects. Through the site, people can donate money and once the publishers have raised enough capital, "Compounded" will be on its way to a toy shelf near you.
Louder will also be testing his new game, "Pirates of the Carbon Copy" this weekend. Given the success of his first efforts, he said that he is anxious to get feedback on his new endeavor.
For people who think they won't fit in at a gaming event, the festival is not necessarily geared towards hard-core gaming enthusiasts. Festival organizer John Moller said the event is perfect for people who like to try new things and for people who like being a part of the feedback process in design.
"The designers need people to come so they know what works," Moller said. "As the creative forces behind games, these are the people who can change the flaws that might make a game seem less user-friendly."
Games will be available for all ages, from 6 to 99 years old, offering a wide variety of play experiences from fast paced manual dexterity games like "Maximum Throwdown" to more thought-provoking fare that explores the fate of a collapsed nation in "States After the Fall." Families can test out the kid-friendliness of options like "Pig Pen" while weekend club-goers may prefer something like "Bar Hop In." Word games, party games and even a few educational options will also be available.
This year's event will run for two full days, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20. Players are wanted and welcome. Tickets are $5 and cover admission for both days. Pre-registration is encouraged, but tickets will be available at the door.
SEE CREEPY-CRAWLIES, LEARN SURVIVAL SKILLS
WHAT Killens Pond State Park Programs
WHERE Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton
WHEN 1 p.m., Saturday and 3 p.m., Sunday
COST $ Up to $10
Kids love bugs. Anything that jumps, crawls and slithers seems to delight and amaze children. So, pack them up and drive them over to Killen's Pond State Park for a live reptile and amphibians show. They can get up close and personal with frogs, snakes, turtles and lizards while also getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the animals are taken of on a daily basis. Organizers encourage parents to pack the camera for this event.
Sunday starts the new Survival Series for Adults. Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Learn skills that include purifying water, finding edible plants, making fire, leather, weapons and utensils. The classes are for anybody age 16 years old or older with an interest in self-sustainability and last about two hours each month. Drop in for $10, purchase six classes for $55 or buy into the whole series for $100. The series will continue, monthly, through December. For more information about the series or to register, call (302) 284-4299 or email Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
WHEN 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19
WHERE Loockerman St., Dover
The sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will roll on Saturday with more than just the legacy of a peaceful visionary to celebrate. This year, the parade will also coincide with the dedication of the newly named Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The parade will begin at Dover's Legislative Mall and end at Union Missionary Baptist Church. Following the parade, there will be a town hall style meeting with local politicians and speakers who will discuss various issues affecting local schools and communities.