Metatopia, the convention specifically for game designers to present works-in-progress for playtesting (as well as tons of excellent seminars for game designers/producers and those who aspire to be) has moved its date to November 2-4. Pre-registration for the convention is now open; if you want to see what some of the best up-and-coming independent game outfits have in the pipeline, or want to become an up-and-comer yourself, this is an indispensable opportunity.
I should also point out that the same people are running the First Exposure Game Hall at this year’s upcoming GenCon, which is organized along the same lines.
Double Exposure is also doing their 2013 Super Saver Combo deal right now. If you want to attend both Dreamation in February and DexCon in July, you can sign up for both for ludicrously low prices. I’m a regular attendee at both conventions (which cover RPGs, miniatures, board games, computer games, video games, and LARPs), and I can’t recommend them enough. If you can go, you should go, and this deal is really too good to pass up.