I just (literally) got home from DEXCON, the game convention I highly recommend to everyone on the east coast – or anyone willing to come to the east coast in hot July. The attendance this year was approximately 1,600. The majority of the attendees were die-hard gamers who enjoy all aspects of gaming, from board games to LARPS. The company running DEXCON also runs a couple of other conventions, including METATOPIA, which will be held in November.
While DEXCON is geared toward already published games, METATOPIA is designed for game designers and play-testers to get together and refine designs. I attended the first METATOPIA two years ago. I received incredibly positive feedback and encouragement and great suggestions for revising the two prototypes I brought. I missed last year, but plan to attend again this year. The dates for their other conventions don’t work for me, so it’s not that I don’t recommend them, it’s that I am unable to attend.
Here is the link for anyone who is interested in METATOPIA. Have a fun time and keep on gaming!