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With the announcement today that Wizards of the Coast are working on the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, there has been a lot of buzz about open play testing.

In addition, there is the ability to sign up for the play testing.

How will the play testing work? Will it be similar to video game betas, where only a few of those who are signed up will be able to take part in organised groups, or will WotC grant access to the materials for people to view/download/print for use among their own groups? What kind of feedback will they be hoping to obtain, and how?

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As interesting as this question is, it's too localized and unanswerable right now, –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Jan 9 '12 at 20:22
@BrianBallsun-Stanton Unless one of the game devs from WotC pops over here, but I'd have to say, you'd just have to keep an eye on the community group: community.wizards.com/dndnext –  Cthos Jan 9 '12 at 20:29
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We don't know a lot right now about the playtest cycle, however from the WotC post it looks like the earliest chance to see it is Spring 2012

That is why we are excited to share with you that starting in Spring 2012, we will be taking this process one step further and conducting ongoing open playtests with the gaming community to gather feedback on the new iteration of the game as we develop it.

Currently it's limited to friends and family

We have begun obtaining feedback from a limited Friends & Family playtest consisting of internal employees and their gaming groups ...

Next year however they will go into open playtesting in the spring after gencon...

The D&D Experience will be moving to Gen Con in 2013, so as a convention special this year, we will be offering show attendees a first-look at a draft of the new set of rules. Then beginning sometime in the spring, we will begin open playtesting.

It's a little confusing. I think the order is thus:

Playtesting in-house -> Playtesting out of-house -> Some release of rules in 2013

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