Nov 2-5, 2017 Kansas City

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Heroes of Rokugan

What is Heroes of Rokugan?

Heroes of Rokugan is the largest living campaign focused on the Legend of the Five Rings world. This is the fourth iteration of Heroes of Rokugan, which has attracted thousands of players from around the world to take part in a collaborative storytelling and gaming experience like none other. A fascinating world of danger intrigue await, and the heroes of Rokugan stand ready to meet it head on! Will you join them?

This year’s highlights include three new module releases and an all-new Saturday night political interactive! Come in costume for extra fun, but remember to check Midwest GameFest's Cosplay Policy (e.g. no real weapons).


Dont' miss Hybrid Vigor Studio's "Sector 37" megagame Sat, Nov 4 at Midwest GameFest! Up to fifteen folks try to stave off disaster in this space adventure that attendees will be talking about all year! Possible encore on Sunday if interest is there, but no guarantee!


Special Event Sector 37 Mega Game

The Cosplay Costume Contest form is now online. Register today to show the world your cosplay chops, and win cash prizes for your trouble! There are a lmited number of online spots, and once they're gone that's it! Win up to $60. =)

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Cosplay Contest Rbbons

Event sign-ups are now wide open for ALL badge holders! Head on over to get your pick of the over 180 events being run. Check back often, though, as events are being added each week through October 13!


Event Sign-upS Now Open

Finally! Early Bird badge holders can now sign-up for events! We've got over 150 events already, and many more to come! All other badge holders can sign-up for events starting Sept 22, 2017!


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Early Bird Pricing Ending Sept 4! Early Bird tickets get early access to event sign-ups and save a bundle to boot! Early Bird pricing ends Labor Day weekend (Sept 4). Early Bird badge holders get early access to event sign-up starting September 15!


Early Bird Pricing Ends

Special Guest Richard Norton brings his traveling Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator to Midwest GameFest! Artemis lets you and your team of players assume the roles of Captain, Helm, Science, Communication, Engineering, Weapon Control, and Fighter Pilot. Together, you operate your ship and defend the sector from invading aliens and monster threats. Richard brings a complete bridge solution with workstations, a main view screen, a joystick for the pilot, music, and more!

Artemis is a casual "walk-up and play" experience, with sessions starting periodically. No event sign-up is necessary, and Artemis won't even be included in the online event listing. Want to sign-up a session for just you and your friends? Talk to Richard at the convention to make arrangements.

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RIchard Norton

George and Justin Westwater from Brotherhood Props join us this Nov 2-5 for cosplay panels, workshops, a contest, and more!

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George and Justin Westwater

Photo: Brotherhood Props

Joe DiGusto from Dig Us Cosplay joins us this Nov 2-5 for cosplay panels, workshops, a contest, and more!

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Joe Digusto

Photo: Noah Smith Images

StarburstCosplay joins us this Nov 2-5 for cosplay panels, workshops, a contest, and more!

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Photo: Retro Hawk Productions

Join us this November 2-5 for cosplay panels, workshops, a costume contest, parade, and more! Special guests include George and Justin Westwater, Joe DiGusto, and StarburstCosplay!


Cosplay Panels and Events

Midwest GameFest is a regional game convention each Fall in Kansas City featuring role-playing games, tabletop games, miniature wargaming, LARPs, cosplay and more!

This event page is for the cosplay event and contest information for Midwest GameFest Nov 2-5, 2017 at Stoney Creek Hotel in Independence, MO. Cosplay coordinator Legendary Rose Cosplay and assistant coordinator Lothlorien Woods Cosplay invite you to enjoy join us for cosplay panels, workshops, a cash prize contest, and more all weekend long. Featured cosplay panelists include George and Justin Westwater, Joe DiGusto, and StarburstCosplay! 

For details and more info, check out:

If you have any questions regarding cosplay at Midwest Gamefest, email our coordinator at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Event submission is now officially open! Earn discounts on admission for running games and events. What will YOU run this year?


Event Submission Opens

The wait is over! Early Bird Pre-Registration is now open! Head on over to save a bundle and get access to early event sign-up when it opens Sept 1st!

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Early Bird Pre-reg Opens

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Midwest GameFest is pleased to announce the first of our Special Guests for 2017, industry veteran Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo Games! Rick is the president and founder of Flying Buffalo Inc, the oldest adventure game company still run by its original ownership. Rick will be running Nuclear War tournaments, selling his games, offering sage advice, and more! Get the details overs at Rick's Special Guest page!

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Midwest GameFest

The Role-players Guild of Kansas City is pleased to announce the return of Midwest GameFest in 2017! Attendees can enjoy four fantastic days of tabletop hobby games of all kinds, from role-playing games, LARPs, and social games, to board games, card games, and historical and fantasy miniatures games! There's cosplay contests, workshops, and panels and our wonderful array of exhibitors with all manner of hobby gaming-related products. There will be some great special guests, and this year we'll even have a variety of new activities. All this and more are brought to you by The Role-players Guild of Kansas City, Borderwars, and the Gamers Haven Game Library!

When: November 2-5, 2017

Where: Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Independence, Missouri

We'll be opening up event submission and pre-registration later this summer, so stay tuned!

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Plans are already underway for Midwest GameFest 2017, and we're pretty excited about what we have in store for guests this year: more space, more food options, more types of events! But... we don't have a contracted date just yet due to an issue at our 2017 venue of choice, the fabulous Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Missouri.

The Problem

Specifically, a professional sports team has contracted with the hotel for all of their home games this Fall. That's great for the hotel but has played havoc with existing events like ours. Furthermore, it would be easy enough to work around except the team's home game schedule won't be finalized until mid-April. So, we'll be making an official announcement in late April, coinciding with our efforts working at Planet Comicon's tabletop gaming hall. Look for signs there, on this website, and in our social media channels!

Save the Dates

We've had our options narrowed down to the following five four-day weekends this Fall:

  • Oct 12-22
  • Oct 26-29
  • Nov 2-5
  • Nov 9-12
  • Nov 16-19

So pencil us in, and stay tuned for more details in April!


Reach out and contact us with any questions or concerns.

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Whew! Another Midwest GameFest has come and gone, and what an experience it was! A big year of additions and changes with lots to talk about, so let's get to it!

Announcing our finalized line-up of guests for 2016! Get the details as well as full bios at the Midwest GameFest Guests page.

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Michelle Blastenbrei

Michelle Blastenbrei

Owner at Mini Painter, Ink
Loren and Jamie Cunningham

Loren & Jamie Cunningham

Owners & Designers at WIBAI Games
Sterling Hershey

Sterling Hershey

Freelancer, RPGs & Cartography

Jon Hook

Jon Hook

Author & Podcaster
Russell 'Redjack' Petree

Russell 'Redjack' Petree

Freelancer, Catalyst Game Labs
Charles Ryan

Charles Ryan

Chief Operating Officer, Monte Cook Games

Miles Tugman

Miles Tugman

WorldCon 74 (MidAmeriCon II) Gaming Coordinator

Our Cosplay Coordinator, Lothlorien Woods, has wrangled an outstanding ensemble team for our first year featuring cosplay guests and events. We'll have a costume contest, a cosplay parade, themed panels, story time for kids, and more! Get the full scoop over at the Midwest GameFest Cosplay page.

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Legendary Rose Cosplay

Legendary Rose Cosplay

Cosplay Guest of Honor

Photo courtesy Retro Hawk Productions

BadAsh Cosplay

BadAsh Cosplay

Cosplay Panelist

Photo courtesy Tahnee Lane Photography

Spiff's Nerdy Cosplay

Spiff's Nerdy Cosplay

Cosplay Panelist

Photo courtesy Spiff's Nerdy Cosplay