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Nov 2-5, 2017 Kansas City

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

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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!

Questions?

Reach out and contact us with any questions or concerns.

Main Hall

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.

» Guest Details

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.

» Cosplay Details

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

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The time has come! Today we are opening event signups to all badge holders for Midwest GameFest, our four-day tabletop game convention being held this November 10-13, 2016 at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Missouri. Early-bird badge holders began event signup last Monday, October 3rd and now everyone can get in on the action.

Head on over to check out our event selection and signup for events! Not everything is in yet, with some organized play events in and some missing (D&D Adventurers League, Shadowrun Missions coming soon), cosplay events, and other panels, but there are tons of game events to choose from.

» SIGN UP FOR EVENTS

Badges and Add-Ons Still Available

If you haven't bought a badge yet, now's the time! Four-day, single-day, and VIG badges are still available. And if you haven't seen any of our cool add-ons, like t-shirts, mugs, dice, raffle tickets, and organized play perks, then you are missing out. Head on over now to check out what's still available!

As you know, this year we decided against a Kickstarter. We didn't know what to expect, but attendee response to our new badge system and add-on store has been phenomenal! But we can always do better. The convention is a non-profit effort run by volunteers with limited resources, and so every little bit of support, time, and money helps a tremendous amount.

Add-On Merchandise

» GET YOUR BADGES!

» Get Your Add-Ons

 

Midwest GameFest 2016

Today we are opening event signups to our early-bird badge holders for Midwest GameFest, a four-day tabletop game convention being held this November 10-13, 2016 at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Missouri. Regular badge holders begin event signup next Monday, October 10th at noon.

If you secured an early-bird badge while they were available, head on over to check out our event selection and signup for events! Not everything is in yet, especially organized play events (Heroes of Rokugan, D&D Adventurers League, Pathfinder Society, Shadowrun Missions), cosplay events, and other panels, but there are tons of game events to choose from already. So if you're an early bird, take advantage of this week and go get your worm!

» SIGN UP FOR EVENTS

Badges and Add-Ons Still Available

If you haven't bought a badge yet, now's the time! Four-day, single-day, and VIG badges are still available. And if you haven't seen any of our cool add-ons, like t-shirts, mugs, dice, raffle tickets, and organized play perks, then you are missing out. Head on over now to check out what's still available!

As you know, this year we decided against a Kickstarter. We didn't know what to expect, but attendee response to our new badge system and add-on store has been phenomenal! But we can always do better. The convention is a non-profit effort run by volunteers with limited resources, and so every little bit of support, time, and money helps a tremendous amount.

Add-On Merchandise

» GET YOUR BADGES!

» Get Your Add-Ons

 

Midwest GameFest 2016

The RPGKC is proud to announce the launch of pre-registration and even submissions for Midwest GameFest, a four-day tabletop game convention being held this November 10-13 at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Missouri. There is a very limited supply of Early Bird badges available, so get them while they're hot! Early Bird badges also grant you early access to event sign-ups in September, so don't delay!

» GET YOUR BADGES

What About Add-Ons?

This year we decided against a Kickstarter. Payment arrangements with our new venue allowed us to pay the majority of our rental fees after the event, rather than before as in years past. Whew! But just because there's no Kickstarter doesn't mean there aren't great "reward add-ons" for your badges! Our super cool V.I.G. packages, available here, already include a fantastic selection of merchandise. These items, and more, are also available as add-ons in the Midwest GameFest Store. We've got great commemorative items like mugs, bags, t-shirts, and dice.

Add-On Merchandise

» Get Your Add-Ons

What About Organized Play Add-Ons?

We've got you covered. Right now we've got great add-ons for Heroes of Rokugan and Shadowrun Missions, and working on more!

Heroes of Rokugan

Heroes of Rokugan

  • Lucky Moment
    One certificate allowing you to reroll your dice on one roll in a Heroes of Rokugan IV: Champions of the Ivory Throne game at Midwest GameFest 2016. Usable once; limit one.
  • A Glimpse Back
    LIMITED SUPPLY! One guaranteed seat at the Sunday morning exclusive slot of "The Final March of Toturi IX." Limit one.

Shadowrun Missions

Shadowrun Missions

  • NERPS!
    One of nine custom NERPS! cards, each granting a +3 dice pool modifier on a single test once per Mission, good only at Midwest GameFest 2016; available at Missions HQ.
  • Missions Premiere Event
    LIMITED SUPPLY! One seat at the Friday night Missions Premiere event; available at Missions HQ. The Missions Premiere Event will be a special Mission available for the first time outside of GenCon and Origins in the KC area.

More About Midwest GameFest

Midwest GameFest brings together long-running regional conventions ShaunCon and Borderwars and throws in the extensive gaming hoard from the Gamer's Haven Game Library to provide four incredible days of tabletop gaming, panels, workshops, contests, and more.

ShaunCon, Bordewars, and Gamer's Haven Game Library

More About the RPGKC

Role-Players Guild of Kansas CityThe Role-Players Guild of Kansas City, Ltd. is a non-profit group of role-playing game enthusiasts dedicated to bringing quality gaming to all and educating the public about that gaming in Kansas City and the surrounding areas since 1990. One of the largest game clubs in the midwest, we maintain relations with many game companies, industry luminaries, local game shops, and Midwest gaming groups. We play mainly roleplaying games and board games, along with some miniatures, card games and LARPs. Our members play at Guild-hosted events and often arrange their own game sessions. The majority of our members reside in the Kansas City metro area, with some located across the nation. New players welcome!

 

Midwest GameFest

The Role-players Guild of Kansas City is pleased to announce the return of Midwest GameFest in 2016! 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 will also be great panels and workshops, and a wonderful array of ehibitors 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 cosplay events. 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 10-13, 2016

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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Early-bird event sign-up for Kickstarter backers is now over, so everyone can create an account, pay through PayPal, and sign-up for events! Head on over to create your account and get started!

http://www.midwestgamefest.org/events/signup

Check out the Event List:
http://www.midwestgamefest.org/events/list

...and the Event Table:
http://www.midwestgamefest.org/events/table

We are still missing a lot of our organized play events, but D&D Adventurer’s League is already in the system. Check back later for Pathfinder Society, Heroes of Rokugan, and Shadowrun Missions.

New Special Guests

In addition to great guests like Star Wars’ Sterling Hershey and D&D Adventurer’s League's Jon Lamkin, we are pleased to announce a slew of new special guests! Here are the highlights, but get the full scoop at the site.

http://www.midwestgamefest.org/guests

  • Jon Hook, freelance author and award-winning Call of Cthulhu podcaster.
  • Charles Ryan, chief operating officer at Monte Cook Games, the makers of Numenera andThe Strange.
  • Tammie Ryan, customer service manager at Monte Cook Games.
  • Bear Weiter, art director at Monte Cook Games.

Panels

Our special guests will be participating in panels Saturday afternoon between 2pm and 6pm. Watch for an announcement with panel details coming soon!

Pre-registration and event sign-up are now available to everyone! Our Kickstarter backers had a week of early-bird registration and now its everyon else's turn! Head on over to create your account, pay with PayPal and sign-up for events.

» Sign-Up for Events

Event hosts/GMs and volunteers can indicate their discounts on the pre-registration form to save a ton, all the way up to free admission.

Spread the word!

Our Kickstarter backers are almost done with their early-bird event sign-up period. That means it's almost time for everyone else to get registered!

Starting Monday, October 12, nonbackers will be able to pre-register and sign-up for events right from the Midwest GameFest website. Event hosts/GMs and volunteers can indicate their discounts on the pre-registration form to save a ton, all the way up to free admission.

Check back October 12 for pre-registration launch announcement, and spread the word!

Watch Your Emails

Backers who submitted their surveys will be receiving an email from Midwest GameFest with a link to activate their midwestgamefest.org accounts. Remember, each email address is unique and tied to your backer account. We have sent an email with a unique link to each attendee (spouse, child, etc) as detailed in our backer survey. Make sure and use these links to create accounts for everyone who is coming.

Sign-Up/Pre-Registration Instructions

Follow the link in the email and you'll be taken to the Midwest GameFest sign-up system where you'll be asked to finalize your account creation. Provide a password and you'll be set to sign-up for events, select the days you'll be attending, and get the details squared away. Change you mind on events later? No sweat, since you can come back at any time and change your events (up until closer to the convention). When you come back to make changes, visit the site and find the Sign-Up link under Events.

Didn't Get an Email?

If you're a backer who has submitted a backer survey and you don't receive an email with the subject "Midwest GameFest Backer Early Sign-Up Instructions" from address "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." then you'll want to check your spam folder. If you suspect you might have been skipped, just shoot us a message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get you squared away.

Organized Play Events

Part of being an early-bird is that not all of the worms are available yet. Our organized play events are not yet in the system. We hope to get that taken care of during this week, but we do not yet have events submitted by all parties. Don't let this stop you from signing up though, as you can always come back and change your schedule as more events are added!

Thanks

We couldn't have gotten this far without your help, and we know it. Take this early-bird sign-up week as a small token of our affection and go play some games!

---Midwest GameFest Staff

If you missed our previous update then you may not know that this last week we met our initial funding goal of $4,000! And THEN we also met our first stretch goal of $5,000 to bring special guest Jon Lamkin and the D&D Adventurer's League's "Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire" to Kansas City.

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Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire - UNLOCKED!

This final week of the Kickstarter we are pleased to announce even more great news, so let's get started!

Special Guests

We're pleased to announce two new guests this week!

  • Jon Lamkin, the D&D Adventurer's League's Regional Coordinator for the U.S. Plains Region will be running games, answering questions, and operating Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire. The Faire is the only way to exchange D&D AL certs, and acquire new ones out-of-game. Jon brings with him a special GenCon cert that players will definitely want to get their hands on!
  • Freelance author Sterling Hershey (Star Wars, D&D, The Last Parsec) will be on hand to run his games, answer questions, and participate in our Industry Panel. A game with Sterling is always a good time, so don't miss out.

New Exhibitors

And this week we're also pleased to announce four confirmed exhibitors:

  • Duel Grounds: Makers of Cthulhu Deckbuilder, focused around the Lovecraft theme, and coming to Kickstarter in 2016.
  • Pocket Odyssey: makers of the first tabletop micro-RPG ever! No pen and paper needed just devilishly charming wit and an adventurous spirit!
  • Jeff Porter Illustration: An incredible freelance Illustrator whose work includes some of gaming's brightest stars: Paizo Publishing, Catalyst Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Pelgrane Press, Kyoudai Games, Northwiter Press.
  • The Seven Deadlies Game: It's a race to Hell, and you gotta sin to win in this socially geared, card based game! Every sin has a story! What's yours?

New Organized Play Rewards

There's lots of news on this front, including new backer reward tiers for special events!

D&D Adventurer's League

D&D Adventurer's League

  • New backer reward for the Friday night world premiere of DDEX3-11, "The Quest for Sporedome," an adventure for levels 5-10.
  • Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire will be in attendance, allowing AL members to exchange certificates and acquire new ones.
  • A special GenCon certificate will be available.
  • And did you know we'll be running AL each slot? Spread the word!

Shadowrun Missions

Shadowrun Missions

  • New backer reward for NERPS! cards that grant players a +3 dice pool bonus.
  • New backer reward for the Friday night premiere of a Mission not seen outside GenCon.

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Heroes of Rokugan

  • Only one seat left for the special Bonds of Blood Sunday morning event. Get yours while they last!

Envoy Play to Win

Play to Win

In addition to the great variety of board games normally provided by the Gamer's Haven Game Library, their involvement with Double Exposure's Envoy program will be providing additional games that players can win just by playing! That's right, each time you play one of the Play to Win games and you'll be entered into a drawing to win the game.

Event Submission Now Open

We are now accepting event submissions at the Midwest GameFest website! Hosts/GMs use the submission form to let us know what you are running, when, and how many seats you'll need. If you are running an event more than once, make sure to only submit it once and simply indicate which slots it will run in.

» Submit an Event

Hotel Rooms Running Low

Our initial allotment of rooms at the Sheraton has filled up. We were able to secure more, but if you are planning on staying at the Sheraton you need to book your rooms soon. They've informed us that weekend is filling up quickly!

» Book Your Room

More to Come

Thanks for another incredible week, and stay tuned for more announcements as we ride out the last week of the Kickstarter! Remember, the Kickstarter ends September 9, 2015, so make sure to tell your friends, co-workers, and family about it.

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Midwest GameFest has had an incredible first full week of our Kickstarter campaign, reaching the halfway point in just a few days! Amazing! But there's still a long way to go, and a short time to get there so keep spreading the word and sharing the positive vibes.

We've got a lot to let you know about, so let's get to it!

Stretch Goals

Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire 

$5,000 – Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire

We're pleased to announce our first stretch goal is in place! If we hit the $5,000 funding level we'll have Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire, the official D&D Adventure League trading post. Fai Chen is a special event that can occur only at conventions hosting D&D Adventurers League adventures. At the Faire, AL players may trade permanent magic item certificates and may purchase consumable item certificates. Riding along on Fai Chen's mule-driven cart will be Jon Lamkin, the AL Regional Coordinator for the U.S. Plains region. Jon will be helping Fai Chen in his tasks and also running AL events. Having Jon and the Faire will be a great boon for AL players at the convention, so lets make this happen!

Heroes of Rokugan Reward Levels

Heroes of Rokugan

Our first organized play reward levels are for the amazing and long-running Legends of the Five Rings campaign Heroes of Rokugan. HoR backers can choose from three reward tiers:

  • $5 Reward: AM I DREAMING?
    Backers get a copy of the “Am I Dreaming?” cert for Heroes of Rokugan: The Nightmare War, allowing access to any printed Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition character option, as long as there are complete rules in the book! HoR has never offered a cert like this before!

  • $55 Reward: YUMEMUSHA
    Backers get a 4-day pass, a copy of the “Yumemusha” cert for Heroes of Rokugan: The Nightmare War, granting possession of a rare nemuranai, a Dream Shard, for use in the campaign. These mysterious items grant their possessors knowledge of worlds beyond the ones we know, potentially including both hidden histories and esoteric skills while traveling through distant dream-realms.

  • Bold: $150 Reward (limited to 5): BLOODBOUND
    Up to five backers get a 4-day pass, a copy of the “Yumemusha” cert for Heroes of Rokugan: The Nightmare War, and a seat at the Sunday morning exclusive slot of “Bonds of Blood,” an unreleased Heroes of Rokugan 3: Spirit of Bushido mod run by the mod’s author and HoR3’s head admin, Cory Mills!

New Add-ons

Premium Badge HolderIn addition to our great dice, mugs, t-shirts, steins, etc, backers can now add an RPGKC premium badge holders to their pledge level. We're also offering the Heroes of Rokugan "Am I Dreaming" and "Yumemusha" certificates as add-ons for backers!

Onsite Food and Drinks Until 7pm

Food

Overland Park 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 inside the convention facility and maximize their game playing we are pleased to offer onsite food options right in the convention pre-function area! Pizza, hot dogs, nachos, wraps, sandwiches, yogurt, soda, and more will all be available from 8am to 7pm. Coffee will be available in the pre-function area until noon. In addition to this, the convention center's own cafe, The Cyber Cafe, will also be open during most of the event offering similar options.

Free High-Speed Wi-Fi

OPCC Wi-Fi SpeedBoth the main game hall and our pre-function area at the Overland Park Convention Center will feature complimentary high-speed wi-fi. Network conditions will vary with the number of active users on the network.

Guest Lounge

Guest LoungeSpecial guests, VIGs, and volunteers can take a load off their feet at the Guest Lounge. Each morning these special folk can enjoy donuts with coffee and relax in a comfortable lounge chair while they get ready to start the day. Between events they can retreat here to take advantage of the water cooler, and enjoy a great place to bring lunch or dinner!

Military/Service Discount

We're pleased to announce a new reward level available exclusively to current or retired Fire, Ambulance, or Law Enforcement personnel or persons with valid Military credentials. Backers at this level also receive a premium badge holder.

Wrap-Up

It's been a great ride so far, so lets keep the momentum rolling! We'll be posting another update soon with more organized play rewards, special guest announcements, and event submission dates! Stay tuned.

The RPGKC is proud to announce the launch of the Midwest GameFest Kickstarter, running from today until September 8th. Midwest GameFest is a four-day tabletop game convention being held this November 12-15 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

» Back the Kickstarter!

Why Back Us

We need to fund the entire operation in advance, and we've got some incredible backer rewards to make that happen. As a backer you get:

  • early access to event sign-ups
  • substantially lower prices than those who pay at the door
  • access to all non-exclusive convention events
  • eligible for special drawings leading up to and during the convention
  • eligible for stretch goals and add-ons like commemorative dice, t-shirts, and more!

Backers who commit to host events or volunteer can select a reward level that reflects an even lower price, all the way to down to one dollar! We've got some great early-bird and premium packages, and if you like memorabilia you'll want to check out our dice, t-shirts, and more! Exhibitors can lock-in their booth space early and use add-ons to get more space! Supporters and Sponsors aren't left out either. Got a group? We have group pricing, too.

Importance of the Campaign

Funded with KickstarterWith the Overland Park Convention Center, the Role-Players Guild of Kansas City has secured an outstanding event facility in a great location with easy access to the highway, tons of parking, incredible amenities, an amazing attached hotel, and lots of room for growth going forward. But as with many great venues, payment is due upfront. Most of the money has already been paid out of the Guild's coffers, but some remains. We need to wrap up the minimum amount of funding with our Kickstarter, and then replenish our funds through stretch goals, perks, and other special rewards. If we make back our investment, we'll continue hosting the event with the same high production values next year!

» Back the Kickstarter!

More About Midwest GameFest

Midwest GameFest brings together long-running regional conventions ShaunCon and Borderwars and throws in the extensive gaming hoard from the Gamer's Haven Game Library to provide four incredible days of tabletop gaming.

ShaunCon, Bordewars, and Gamer's Haven Game Library

More About the RPGKC

Role-Players Guild of Kansas CityThe Role-Players Guild of Kansas City, Ltd. is a non-profit group of role-playing game enthusiasts dedicated to bringing quality gaming to all and educating the public about that gaming in Kansas City and the surrounding areas since 1990. One of the largest game clubs in the midwest, we maintain relations with many game companies, industry luminaries, local game shops, and Midwest gaming groups. We play mainly roleplaying games and board games, along with some miniatures, card games and LARPs. Our members play at Guild-hosted events and often arrange their own game sessions. The majority of our members reside in the Kansas City metro area, with some located across the nation. New players welcome!

 

Midwest GameFestAs part our our 25th Anniversary Celebration, we're proud to announce our new tabletop game convention, Midwest GameFest, Nov 12-15! Midwest GameFest brings the best of tabletop gaming to one event: RPGs, minis, board games, card games, workshops, dealers, authors, designers, a used game sale, and more! The Midwest GameFest is a tentpole event that brings multiple smaller events and groups together: Shauncon, Borderwars, the Gamer’s Haven Gaming Library and more!

Rob KraftThe name was selected by members of the RPGKC from the nearly 150 ideas that were submitted as part of our "Name Our New Convention" contest. Many had prior use or other issues, and so the board culled the list down to nine finalists. Members voted to determine the final winning idea, with the winner, Rob Kraft, receiving two weekend passes and two premium RPGKC badge holders. Congratulations Rob!

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The information was first made public in the gaming area of Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention today at 5:30pm. Working with Extra Life's Kansas City Guild and The Gamer's Haven Gaming Library, the RPGKC ran scheduled role-playing and dungeon delve events for the first time at Planet Comicon.

Look for more information to come in the very near future, including pricing, and our Kickstarter!

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