Non-exclusive third-party platforms which can be used for Gen Con Online.
This list of platforms is provided to assist event hosts discover resources to run their events. This is not an exclusive list, nor does this list imply that Gen Con specifically endorses the use of any of these platforms.
Things to note:
- It is generally a good idea to pick a platform that you are most comfortable using, but also be mindful of the attendee experience using that platform, and keep that in mind when choosing one.
- Some third-party platforms require a paid account. Make sure to note this in your event description.
- Gen Con does not provide technical support for any third-party platform; contact the platforms directly with any issues.
- Gen Con will not provide a platform nor access to a third-party platform to host events online. Event organizers are responsible for researching what will be suitable for their event.
Roll20 (https://roll20.net/): Free to use for GMs and players; premium paid membership available.
Fantasy Grounds (https://www.fantasygrounds.com/): Playing in most games and GMing requires a paid license, either a subscription or a one time fee.
Astral Tabletop (https://www.astraltabletop.com/): Completely free for GMs and players. Paid version available.
D20PRO (https://d20pro.com/): Paid version required for GMs and includes either 4 or 6 guest seats which allow players to join for free, or players can use a paid account (GM or Player) to join without using a guest seat..
Board and Card Game Platforms
Tabletop Simulator (https://www.tabletopsimulator.com/): Is $20 to download; many games require an additional purchase. Must access via Steam.
Tabletopia (https://tabletopia.com/): Free to download on Steam or as an App, or use in a browser. Some games are free to play, some require a paid subscription.
Board Game Arena (https://boardgamearena.com/): Web based and free to play. Premium subscription available.
Audio/Video Chat Platforms
The platforms below are free to use in some form, and are well suited to run seminars and workshops; they can also be used for any event that you simply need all participants to have audio and video for. These platforms can be used in conjunction with any other tools above.
Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/): Free for 100 participants. App or browser based platform. Paid subscription available.
Cisco Webex (https://www.webex.com/): Personal (free) option allows meetings of up to 100 participants of unlimited length; also allows phone call in for audio. Webex account not needed to join a meeting. Web based. Paid subscription available.
Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/): Free google account needed to hold OR attend a meeting of 100 participants. App or browser based platform. Can use with Jamboard.google.com to have a collaborative whiteboard. Paid subscription available.
GoBrunch (https://gobrunch.com/): Free browser based platform for online seminars and workshops. Max of 400 people. Account not needed to join.
Discord (https://discord.com/): Free platform for audio, video, or text sharing. App and Web based options. Paid subscription available.
Livestream Options: Platforms such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and Twitch are also options; however, access is generally not limited to only those who have registered for the event. Such events can still be listed in our system.
If you want to talk to us about the feasibility of other platforms, email [email protected] to discuss.
This information was correct at the time it was created; platforms can change their offerings at any time.