General Play Pass Information
What is the RECON Play Pass?
The RECON Play Pass grants you access to the Games Hall, including 20+ companies. Each Play Pass comes with three featured experiences that can currently only be played at RECON (Deadlocked: Newtopia, Trapped Puzzle Rooms: Escape from Escape Island, and Green Door Labs: Space Cats!). It also includes 6 other full games. Beyond these 9 games, Play Pass holders will be able to enter a giveaway for tickets for 10+ Limited Seating games, and will gain access to exclusive coupons for various other games.
What is the RECON Games Hall?
The RECON Games Hall is a specific category of the RECON Discord server that hosts all things games. This category will include a channel for every game being featured at RECON, along with channels for discount coupons, finding team members, sections for voice chatting while playing games, and more! As a Play Pass holder, you will get access to the Games Hall when you check in to the RECON Discord.
Will games run only during RECON?
The schedule depends on the game. Some games can be played only during the hours of RECON. Some games will run throughout the week following RECON. Some games will provide codes to play any time in the future. The list of games and when they will be running/available is below.
I’m in a timezone that’s really different from RECON (New York). Will I be able to play all of the games?
Each game will either run at a specific time which has been scheduled already or it will be play-on-demand at any time of your choosing. For the scheduled games, the RECON team has chosen a variety of time slots to give all players a chance to play at a time that is convenient for them.
Is there a schedule of all the games?
Not all games have set dates and times; many can be played at your leisure even after RECON concludes. For a list of scheduled games and their times, as well as when access to (or a discount for) a given game may expire, check out the Games Schedule.
Are there any games that I can play without a Play Pass?
Yes, there are five games including YouEscape: Magnum Opus, So You Wanna Save The World: Into The Fire, Tribe Studios: AI Lockdown, Escape Room Herndon: Great Gnome Rescue, and Past Life Studios: Escape Lab available for all RECON attendees. There will also be coupons for Society of Curiosities and Hourglass Escapes that can be used by all RECON attendees, and will be posted on the RECON website and be located in the Games Hall section of the RECON Discord Server.
Can I still buy a Play Pass?
Sales close for the Play Pass at 23:59 on Wednesday, August 18th (New York).
Planning Your Play Pass Experience
There are SO many games, how do I maximize my Play Pass!?
We’d recommend going through the Play Pass in this order, to hopefully help make things easier!
- Review the full RECON Schedule so you know what talks and other activities (workshops, facilitated discussions, after-hours events) you want to attend.
- When you receive the sign-up survey for Limited Seating games on August 19th, fill it out, and select games that do not overlap with the other RECON events you would like to attend. (Some of these Limited Seating games happen after RECON is over, so you won’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts!) Make sure to note that all time zones are in New York Time.
- Plan to play either the Sunday or Monday session of Great Gotham Challenge: CTRL/ALT/DECODE: MMXXI (Sunday @ 11:30 or Monday @ 16:30 New York Time), if this is a game that interests you. This game is approximately 2-3 hours long; please plan on being there for that duration. You don’t need to sign up for this one in advance. If you do not have a team, there will be a channel in the Discord #ctrl-alt-decode where you can find team members. The starting line Zoom link will be posted in this Discord channel and then you and your team can go to the starting line when it’s time to play. This game will only run at those two times, and cannot be played publicly after RECON.
- Coordinate with your assigned team for the three games that you will be playing with them (Palace Games: The Sapphire Palace, Sherlocked: Mibo Island, and Deadlocked: Newtopia). These games can either be coordinated during or after RECON, but note that Newtopia is approximately three hours long. These codes expire after a year, so you will have plenty of time to play these! Please see “When will I get my team assignment?” for more on your team assignment.
- The RECON Discord Server will open days before August 22nd, and you’ll receive your invitation to Discord by email. Once you have joined the RECON Discord, sign up for Trapped Puzzle Rooms: Escape from Escape Island. You’ll be able to find the sign-up channel in the Game Hall section of the RECON Discord. Choose a date/time that works for you. You won’t want to miss this one.
- After you’ve done all the above– you’ll have quite a few codes to play games at your leisure! A few of these codes do expire, but every code lasts at least until August 28th. The expiration dates can be found below under “Do the codes have expiration dates?”
- Be sure to use any coupons for games you want to play before they expire. These expiration dates can be found under “How long are the discount coupons valid for?”
- Lastly- HAVE FUN. We know there are WAY more hours of fun in the Play Pass than anyone could complete in the two days of RECON, so take your time and enjoy the games!
Will the games be at the same time as the talks?
Some of the games will overlap with the talks at RECON. We recommend all Play Pass holders look at the RECON schedule before scheduling any games or filling out the survey for Limited Seating games to ensure they do not overlap with a talk you would like to attend. During RECON, you can only watch the Featured Talks at their scheduled times. Later this year, we will make the Featured Talks available on online. The live discussions, workshops, and other conversations will not be available later.
Do I have to sign up for every game?
For the games you would like to play, there are four general ways to sign up, and also games that don’t require any sign up at all.
Green Door Labs: Space Cats! will be running during all of RECON from August 22 at 11:00 until August 23 at 19:00. You can pop in and out to play whenever you have a moment. This game is collaborative with all Play Pass holders playing together and you do not need a team.
Great Gotham Challenge: CTRL/ALT/DECODE: MMXXI will happen at two set times during RECON. You don’t need to sign up for this one in advance. If you do not have a team, there will be a channel in the Discord #ctrl-alt-decode where you can find team members. The starting line Zoom link will be posted in this Discord channel and then you and your team can go to the starting line when it’s time to play.
Trapped Puzzle Rooms: Escape from Escape Island will have sign ups in the #escape-island Discord channel in the Games Hall. Once you are in the Discord server, you may sign up for any time slot. We will have multiple game guides running these games simultaneously, so no need to worry about finding a slot. Please note that this game cannot run with less than 4 players. If there are players you’d like to play this with, please coordinate signing up for the same time slot in advance.
Deadlocked: Newtopia, Sherlocked: Mibo Island, and Palace Games: The Sapphire Palace, will each have a team assignment. This will either be the team you are assigned if you came to play solo, or a team you choose in your pre-checkin survey. These games don’t have to be played at a specific time, so you will want to coordinate playing these games with your team, and you will receive the codes to play them via email.
Limited Seating Games:
You will receive a Games Hall Limited Seating survey on August 19th to sign up for these games. This can be seen under the “How do I sign up for the Limited Seating games?” question below. You will receive an email on August 20th letting you know of the Limited Seating games you are playing with further instructions about how to play them.
Play-on-demand Games with Codes:
These can be played at any time that works with your schedule. These codes will be sent individually through email prior to RECON. Some of the codes do expire, and when they expire can be seen under the “Do the codes have expiration dates?” below. All of these games can be played either solo or with players of your choosing, regardless of whether they have a Play Pass or not. These games include Indestroom: Chance to Live, Lock Paper Scissors: Envy, ClueQuest: Print+Cut+Escape, Enibot: Mission:Mars, Edaqa’s Room: Carnival, Edaqa’s Room: Prototype, and Webscapade: Welcome to Argenia.
Can I post spoilers or talk about the games in their Discord Channels?
You are welcome to chat about the games in their channels and in the Games Hall, but please make sure to use spoiler tags on Discord to avoid spoiling the surprises for other players. This can be done by either highlighting your text and pressing the eyeball button, or type your text between ||.
|| This text will be in spoiler tags. ||
This text will not be in spoiler tags.
You may also discuss spoilers in threaded conversations, but please note that a thread contains spoilers in the name of the thread. Moderators will be looking for spoilers without tags or threads during the event.
Which games do I play in pre-assigned teams?
We will match all Play Pass holders with teammates to play 3 of the experiences: Deadlocked: Newtopia, Palace Games: The Sapphire Palace, and Sherlocked: Mibo Island. These are games that you and your team book at a time that fits your schedules.
How do I sign up to play with a friend?
The general RECON pre-check-in survey, emailed on August 14 (or after you purchased your Play Pass, for those purchased after August 14), will include a section for you to select either 1 player you would like to be teamed up with, or a group of 4-5 players you would like to be paired with. All players must have a Play Pass. At this time, we unfortunately cannot accommodate groups of 3.
What if I don’t know anyone else with a Play Pass?
That’s totally okay! The RECON team will match you with other players to play team games throughout RECON.
How many players are in a full team?
If I don’t have a full team, how will teams be assigned?
Teams will be assigned based on the pre-checkin survey.
First, players will be split into categories based on which experiences they want to play: Deadlocked: Newtopia, Palace Games: The Sapphire Palace, and Sherlocked: Mibo Island.
Then, the RECON team will assign your team based on the time you are looking to play games, whether you want to play these games during RECON or after RECON, and what style of player you are. You will be given your teammates’ email addresses so that you can coordinate playtimes with your team. We also recommend that you exchange Discord names, and use Discord for ease of communication and coordination. Please see “When will I get my team assignment?” for distribution information.
If you have any issues with your team after it is assigned, please contact the RECON team as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When will I get my team assignment?
Team assignments will be sent out on August 19th for Play Pass holders who purchased their tickets on or before August 18th. Players who purchase their Play Pass ticket after August 18th will be put into a team with other players who have signed up after this date.
About Limited Seating Games
How do I sign up for the Limited Seating games?
To provide the best and most fair experience for everyone regarding Limited Seating games, we’re asking Play Pass holders to rank these limited capacity games based on their desire to play them. The RECON team will randomly award games/codes to Play Pass holders weighed against their preferences.
A survey will go out to all Play Pass holders at 9:00 am (New York Time) August 19th and will be open for 24 hours until 9:00 am August 20th. During this time, Play Pass holders will be able to sign up to receive Limited Seating game tickets.
The Limited Seating games are: Cosmic Joke Productions: Wizards Against Lizards, The Secret Library: Seeking Sasquatch, The Secret Library: Speakeasy, Mystery Mansion Regina: Night Terrors, ClueQuest: Print+Cut+Escape, Enibot: Mission:Mars, Project Avatar: Avatar Stalker, Improbable Escapes: The TriWizard Trials, Edaqa’s Room: Prototype and Carnival, and The Walking Shadow Theater Company: REBOOT.
Play Pass holders are welcome to enter for all experiences that they have not played. All Play Pass holders are guaranteed at least one Limited Seating game (assuming they have not previously played all of the offerings).
What if I wanted to play a Limited Seating game, and didn’t get into it or it doesn’t fit into my schedule?
Limited Seating games are a bonus feature of the Play Pass, and even if you didn’t get into one you wanted, you’ll still be able to enjoy the many other games you have access to through the Play Pass. Additionally, some of the Limited Seating games will be providing discount codes to Play Pass holders who did not get to play them during RECON, including Walking Shadow Theater Company: REBOOT, ClueQuest: Print+Cut+Escape, and Enibot: Mission:Mars.
About Game Codes & Play-On-Demand Games
What are play-on-demand games?
These are games that you can schedule to play at your convenience. To play these games, you’ll receive access codes to redeem directly from the company, along with a link to where to redeem these.
There are also coupon codes for certain games that will give you either a percent off or a dollar value off of a specific game.
Do the access codes have expiration dates?
Some games are only accessible for a short time, while some are accessible indefinitely. See the “Game Access Expiration” list on the Games Schedule for specifics.
How long are the discount coupons valid for?
Each discount coupon is valid for a different period of time. See the “Game Discount Expiration” list on the Games Schedule for specifics.
Are the play-on-demand games for more than one person, or does each player need a code?
Some of the play-on-demand games will require you to play with your assigned team. These games include Deadlocked: Newtopia, Palace Games: The Sapphire Palace, and Sherlocked: Mibo Island.
The other play-on-demand games that you get in your welcome email can be used with your team of choice, regardless of whether they have a Play Pass, and can be played solo. These games include Indestroom: Chance to Live, Lock Paper Scissors: Envy, ClueQuest: Print+Cut+Escape, Enibot: Mission:Mars, Edaqa’s Room: Carnival, Edaqa’s Room: Prototype, and Webscapade: Welcome to Argenia.
Questions & Feedback
I have a question or problem. Who can I contact?
Before RECON, please contact the RECON team at email@example.com
During RECON, you can also open a support ticket in the RECON Discord. For urgent assistance, please direct message Theresa | Games Coordinator 🐳 on Discord.
I have a comment I’d like to share about a game in the Play Pass experience. How can I share this with the RECON team?
There will be a post-RECON survey sent to all Play Pass holders after RECON. You are welcome to submit any feedback about the Play Pass, games, or RECON as a whole in that survey!