Con Diaries: Metatopia

Metatopia bills itself as a game design festival, not a game conference. The difference lies in the purpose: Metatopia is for game design professionals to playtest their current projects. You can’t buy most of the games there yet, although you may recognize some of the game titles from a Kickstarter. You can register as a player, but some of the games are only open to designers. There is also a robust panel track, and many, many opportunities for socializing.