Gen Con Online Show Highlights

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies


Welcome to Gen Con Online!

Check out the YouTube video of Thursday's Opening Ceremonies for a welcome message from Gen Con President David Hoppe and Co-Owner and Chairperson of the Board Peter Adkison, info about this year's charity partners, and a tour of Gen Con Online!

Closing Ceremonies


Close out the show with us on Sunday, August 2 at 7:45 pm (Eastern). Peter and David will be live on Twitch to talk about their favorite parts of the convention, and reflect on the Gen Con Online experience.

First Exposure Playtest Online

First Exposure Playtest Hall

Presented by Double Exposure (organizers of METATOPIA, DEXCON, DREAMATION, and the Envoy Program), who will adapt their unique play testing formulas and systems to Gen Con Online.

Designers and publishers will present their prototypes in the First Exposure Playtest Online (FEPO) and Gen Con Online attendees have a chance to play them for free. Tabletop Simulator (for board and card games) and Zoom (for some role playing games) will be used to recreate the experience of matching players to playtests that they will enjoy!

For designers or publishers of a game-in-development, this is a chance to get it in front of the huge number of passionate gamers attending Gen Con Online. Put your idea into Tabletop Simulator, see how it survives "in the wild," and get immediate, direct feedback.

For players, this is an opportunity to get a peek into the game design process and help make the next generation of games even better — you may even get named in the playtest credits of an upcoming release!

Designer applications are now closed. Attendees can register to play in one of the playtest sessions through the event catalog.

Check out the First Exposure Playtest Online page for more information!

Dance and Block Party

Gen Con Dance Gen Con Online Block Party

Join us for virtual dance parties from the comfort of your living room! DJ Q will be spinning tunes live for attendees on the Gen Con Discord server on Saturday at 5 pm Eastern for the Gen Con Online Dance (ENT20187236), and daily at 3 pm Eastern for Block Party dance breaks!

Costume Contest

Ragnaros the Firelord

The Costume Contest is a 35-year tradition, and it wouldn't be a Gen Con without it! For Gen Con Online, we accepted electronic submissions, and out judges selected winners in six different categories. These six category-winning costumes are all finalists to win Best in Show. Now it's up to you!

Best in Show will be selected by attendee vote, so check out these incredible costumes and cast your vote!

Voting will close at midnight Eastern on Saturday, August 1, and the winner will be announced on Sunday at the Costume Contest Awards Show on Twitch!

Check out the Costume Contest page for more information!

Film Festival

Gen Con Film Festival Logo
The Fantasy Network Logo

The Gen Con Film Festival features films in genres that appeal to our gaming attendees. These include fantasy, sci-fi, horror, animation, anime, martial arts, gaming, related parodies, documentaries, and more. This year, we’re taking the Film Festival online, with all participating films available to stream during the convention on The Fantasy Network!

Check out the Film Festival page for more information!

Streaming Live on Twitch

Streaming Event at Gen Con 2019

We're streaming live on Twitch for all four days of Gen Con Online! Join us for live games, entertainment, new game demos by BoardGameGeek, and more! Check out our Streaming page for live feeds and the full schedule!

Demos, panels, and live games:

BGG Online Presented by Gen Con:

You can also see all three channels on our Gen Con team page, and browse all streams using the Gen Con tag during the show to see more!

Miss something you wanted to see? No sweat, we'll post replays on our YouTube channel!

Wear Your Gen Con T-Shirt Day

Wear Your T-Shirt Day

This Friday, July 31, show your Gen Con pride by wearing your Gen Con T-shirt, and tag your photos with #gencononline!

Pin Bazaar Official Pin Trading

Check out the official Gen Con Online pins from Pin Bazaar! Buy your starter set, then collect them all from participating partners.

Arrange trades and chat about pin collecting on the #pin-trading Discord channel!