First Exposure Playtest Online 2020

Applications for the First Exposure Playtest Online are now open!

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. A separate package is offered for designers who will need assistance from Double Exposure with an online conversion of your game.

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. If there are specific types of players from which feedback is requested, let FEPO staff know and they will help find them for you, to get focused, targeted 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! For each session, players will have a chance to see what kind of games are available to try out, and FEPO staff will place them in playtests that match their interests whenever possible.

How to Participate

The FEPO is scheduled in 2-hour sessions throughout Gen Con Online. All manner of games are welcome, including card, board, dice, miniature, story, role playing, etc.

Players can get FREE tickets for individual sessions just like any other event when event registration opens. Double Exposure will be in touch with all ticketed players prior to the convention to discuss gaming preferences. "Walk up" players can often be accommodated as well.

For this introductory program during Gen Con Online, presenters have the option of two different packages:

  • A standard package of four 2-hour sessions is $60, you must already have an online prototype of your game.
  • A deluxe package of four 2-hour sessions is $180, which includes interactive tutorials on how to build your prototype(s) in the Tabletop Simulator Workshop and direct, individual help from Double Exposure to fine-tune your creation(s) for online play. Note that any prototypes built for the FEPO will remain in your Tabletop Simulator account, and will be available to you after Gen Con Online for private use.

Applications close July 17, or sooner if at capacity. Please review the revised Policies Document before submitting your application.

If you have any questions about the FEPO, please email [email protected].