What is Midwest GameFest?
Midwest GameFest is an annual game convention bringing a number of long standing midwestern game organizations under one roof. The Role-Players Guild of Kansas City (Shauncon), Heart of America Historical Miniatures Gaming Society (Borderwars), and Gamer's Haven Game Library have banded together to bring you role-playing games, historical miniatures, board games, card games, organized play, cosplay, workshops, game designers, dealers, benefit events, a used game sale and more! The list of events expands up until the convention, so check back regularly.
Where is it?
The Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center is conveniently located in Independence, Missouri on at the southeast intersection of I-70 and I-470. The facility address is 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055 (map), and we have some great directions at our Lodging and Travel page. Independence is part of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
Independence has some of the region's best food options, many of which are only a short drive away. But for folks who want to stay at the convention facility (and maximize their game playing) the hotel offers McCoy's Whiskey & Wine Bar, with typical bar fair plus a great selection of exclusive wine and local craft beers. There are a number of great restaurants nearby, including one right outside the hotel, and many within walking distance or a short drive. Snacks and sodas are available near the hotel desk, and hotel guests receive complimentary breakfast. No outside food or drinks are allowed.
Both the main game hall and our pre-function area at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center will feature complimentary wi-fi. Network conditions will vary with the number of active users on the network.
We host a number of tabletop gaming and fantasy-related dealers, vendors and small press game companies. Check the Exhibitors page for details on this year's dealers.
Event/game organizers should contact us as soon as possible so details may be worked out. We are looking for events ranging from a single board game or RPG round, to miniatures tournaments or sanctioned trading card events. If you want to run a tournament, live action or large-scale event, please contact us directly. See our Events page for details.
Volunteers are always needed. See our Volunteers page for volunteer discounts and to sign up as a volunteer.
Midwest GameFest is pleased to offer room discounts at our convention hotel, Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center. Get reservation information and directions at our Lodging and Travel page.
How does my group, store or I get involved?
- Stores We will have a wall or table to put out advertisements and other promotional items for the Kansas City area and other game stores. Stores may contact us directly to discuss attending as a dealer, or to provide other support. See our Exhibitors page for details.
- Individuals Individuals may participate as players and event organizers, and need not be part of a larger group to do so. See our Volunteers and Events pages for details.
Who are the convention staff and organizers?
The convention is organized, staffed, and financed by a cadre of experienced volunteer conventioneers from the Role-players Guild of Kansas City with an advisory board made up of participating members/organizers from the Heart of America Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, the Gamer's Haven Game Library and other interested folk. The convention is financed by RPGKC coffers, door procedes, exhibitor fees and sponsorships. The RPGKC is a 501(c)(7) non-profit group of role-playing game enthusiasts dedicated to bringing quality gaming to all and educating the public about that gaming.
Does Midwest GameFest benefit a charity?
Midwest GameFest is not a charity itself, and neither is its parent organization the Role-players Guild of Kansas City. However, we have historically provided a charity raffle benefitting Harvesters Community Food Network, a large community food bank in the Kansas City region. You can learn more about this at our Benefit Raffle page. Additionally, separate groups at Midwest GameFest have historically gathered donations for their own charity causes, such as Heroes of Rokugan's annual Toys for Tots drive.
What about KC Game Fair?
KC Game Fair is on hiatus and will not be happening in 2016. The parties responsible for that event have parted ways on amiable terms and wish each other all the best. Midwest GameFest is comprised of some groups previously involved in the KC Game Fair. However, they are wholly separate events with separate owners, not just a name change and a shuffling of chairs.