Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Events & Play Wednesday - Cons & Gamedays for July

With the last Wednesday of the month falling six days prior to the actual month-end, it gives me the chance to make mention of a couple of things that take place in late June.  In particular, the big convention locally for those in Southeast Wisconsin and Northern Illinois is the Nexus Game Fair.  It takes place June 25th to 28th at the Crowne Plaza near the Milwaukee Airport.  Event registration is still open and some great games have seats available for those who'd like to be a part of this fun time!  I attended last year and will be there again.  Learn more here.


As always, the third Saturday and Sunday this month feature the Burlington Gameday on Saturday, July 18th, which sets up events through the Burlington UCC Game Day group on Facebook here and A Gathering of Gamers on Sunday, July 19th, set up by the South Lakes Area Gamers here.  The former is in Burlington, WI at the Plymouth UCC space and is free taking place from approximately 11 am to 5 pm.  The latter takes place at the Pizza Ranch in Elkhorn, WI, and requires a $12 fee for the all you can eat pizza and fried chicken buffet (salad bar, soft-serve ice cream machine, etc.) plus unlimited soft drinks and coffee from 11 am to 8 pm.


Also, esteemed gamer and teacher of games, Ken Lewandowski, will be in attendance at an event called "Ken Con" Yuo, that's why!) on Saturday, July 11th, hosted by Nathan Lewandowski.  It takes place beginning at 2 pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church of Evanston 2515 Central Park Ave, Evanston, Illinois 60201.  Check on on the Facebook event page here.

Finally, check out the EN World thread detailing the EN World Chicago Gameday 41 here.  They always have an eclectic lineup of RPGs in the offing and this time is no exception.  It all takes place at Game Plus in Mount Prospect, IL, and some of the games include: Savage Worlds, Translucent University, HiBRiD/Ite' Gamine Engine v2.2, Apocalypse World, Fate, Supernatural, Pentra, I Was A Teenage Creature, Swords Without Master, Feng Shui 2, Monsterhearts, Mice & Mystics, and Earthdawn 4th Edition.  It's almost too good to be true!

Further from my locale . . .

This weekend, in fact beginning today and running through Sunday, if you're in the Orlando, FL, area, you might do worse than popping in to Dice Tower Gaming Con.  They are at the Doubletree SeaWorld Resort 10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 (entrance on Westwood Blvd).  Tons of games, wonderful guests, fabulous prizes, so go and see for yourself!  Learn more here.


Plus, check out Sooner Con 24 here which takes place this weekend in OK, June 26-28 at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.  Quite a bit of gaming on the schedule.

Once we get into July, check out the Milwaukee Summer Revel which takes place from July 10th-12th at Olympia Resort Hotel, Spa, & Conference Center (1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066).  More on that here.  How about "the Mother of all wargaming conventions" known as Historicon?  It runs from July 16-19 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 with more info here.  There's a Facebook page set up for Captaincon here and their home page here which goes from July 17-19 at the Holiday Inn, Taunton in Taunton, MA.  Also, Wargames Foundry says to Bring Out Your Lead for the 31st of July, on through the 2nd of August in the UK with more details here and here.  Since it comes right at the end of July and some folks seem to be going, Gen Con (the Best Four Days in Gaming!) takes place from July 30th to August 2nd in Indianapolis, IN, with lots of information here.

You can also find a whole list of gaming events all around the country and beyond on Warhorn.net here.  Some coming up this weekend as May ends and on through June include:

End of June:

Jun 24-28 Dice Tower IV Orlando, FL
Jun 25-28 FLORIDA SUPERCON (Miami Beach) Miami Beach, FL
Jun 26-28 RAGECON 2015 Reno/Sparks, NV
Jun 26-28 Storm-Con 2015 Charleston, SC
Jun 27 June 27th DDAL Game Day at Giga-Bites Marietta, GA
Jun 27 WombatCon: Mortal Wombat Broomfield, CO

And into July:

Jul 1-5 Dexcon 18 Morristown, NJ
Jul 5 Phoenix Comics & Games Seattle, WA
Jul 8-12 Gam3rcon San Diego, CA
Jul 9-12 Play On Con 8 Birmingham, AL
Jul 9-12 San Diego Comic-Con Intl 15 San Diego, CA
Jul 10-12 Paizocon UK 2015 Birmingham, BIR, GB
Jul 11 DDAL Game Day at Giga-Bites Marietta, GA
Jul 11-12 Magic Origins Pre-release Weekend Carbondale, IL
Jul 17-18 HaitiCon SF San Francisco, CA
Jul 17-19 Ancient City Con 15 Jacksonville, FL
Jul 17-19 AVCon 15 Adelaide, SA, AU
Jul 17-19 Geeks Games and Gadgets 15 Nacogdoches, TX
Jul 17-19 Quincon XXX Quincy, IL
Jul 23-26 MonsterCon 15 Gaffney, SC
Jul 24-26 Con Bravo Hamilton, ON, CA
Jul 24-26 HarnCon 15 Kansas City, KS
Jul 24-26 KantCon 15 Overland Park, KS
Jul 24-26 Magic City Con Birmingham, AL
Jul 24-26 Space City Comic Con Houston, TX
Jul 25 Capcon Springfield, IL
Jul 25 Clearwater Con Eau Claire, WI
Jul 25-26 Fantasy Gamer's Conclave 15 Cary, NC
Jul 26 D&D Expeditions At New Wave Comics Skippack, PA
Jul 29 Pre-Gen Con PF Society Play Indy, IN

Some of this information (and more can be had) is from the excellent lists on upcomingcons.com/gaming-conventionsGameConventionCentral.comHMGS (the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society), and  as well as many, many gamers on Facebook and Google Plus, to whom I am grateful for the help in this compilation.  Thanks so much and have a great game!

News of Conventions and Gamedays as well as pictures
from those I have attended and games I have played.
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