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Four Days of Tabletop Hobby Gaming

Our In-Person Event is Now Spring, and Our Online Event is Now Fall!

We are flipping seasons to alleviate our pain points and also to make room for others. We will be online each December, and in person each April, still hosting two conventions a year. And we'll know the dates a year in advance!

TLDR;

  • Online: December 7-10, 2023 (each Fall)
  • In Person: April 18-21, 2024 (each Spring)

Get Started Early!

Buy badges and sponsorhips or submit an event for either convention RIGHT NOW!

 


But Why the Change?

We've been a Fall in-person convention for ages and ages, and we loved it. But at our current (beloved) venue we were always subject to the whims of the NFL. Due to contract issues, the NFL had to announce their schedule before we could determine our own dates. Really? Yes, really. This meant we never knew our dates for sure until May or June, and the dates were never the ones we wanted. For this pain, we received a discount on ballroom and conference room costs. Which worked out fine.

But as of 2023 we no longer receive a discount for this arrangement. With a number of other area conventions already in the Fall (TsunamiCon, Meeple-a-thon, and more), and the uncertainty of the weather in November and December, plus conflicts with FIRST Robotics seasons and other Fall events, this was a great opportunity to make a change.

So, we polled some of our exhibitors, sponsors, partners, and attendees. They were overwhelmingly in favor of the move to Spring. And there's no time like the present, so this was the year to tear the band-aid off. Huzzah!


Looking to the Future

Some thoughts on the future:

  • We expect to continue this pattern but will evaluate it after the first year.
  • We are also looking hard at options to expand our space and accommodate more events and players. Our growth is pushing the envelope on what our beloved traditional venue can accommodate and we know it. Change is in the wind.
  • Things are good! We had record in-person attendance in 2022 and record income. As a not-for-profit, no one gets to pocket any of this money. All staff are volunteers and there are no payments to anyone or benefits to being on the organizing team (other than a job well done). We turn around and invest any profit into shelving, signage, other infrastructure, and a war chest for rainy days and strategic purchases.
  • We've got a good bench of talent, and folks interested in continuing when some folks step down. And there is ALWAYS a need for new blood with fresh ideas. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks for your continued support of Midwest GameFest and the Role-players Guild of Kansas City!

Brad

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Brad Kelley
Director, Midwest GameFest
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816-529-3096

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