Upper Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD)

 

Welcome to the game convention list of every gaming con in the Upper Midwest for the next year. If we are missing any game cons, please use our Gaming Con Entry Form to update the calendar.

You will note that some of the conventions towards the bottom have ?-month as their start date. ? – shows that the exact dates for this con haven’t been posted as of yet but will be added when they are released. The month is the same month the convention was held in last year.

Conventions that start at the end of one month and end in the beginning of the following month (31 August – 2 September for example) are listed under the month of their start date.

2014

April 2014

4 April – 6 April

PretzCON

Omaha, NE

From the organizers: Annual Omaha metro area family run game convention. Board games, Card games, War games, and Role-playing games. Our games, Your games, New games, Old games. Games will be played!

4 April – 6 April

WillyCon

Wayne State College, Wayne, NE (between Sioux City and Norfolk)

Wayne State College’s SciFi Fantasy Club’s Annual SF & F Convention. Has open gaming throughout the weekend.

4 April – 6 April

Comic Con Wizard World Convention – St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

Annual pop culture convention including Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles and More.

10 April – 13 April

JenCon

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area)

Annual games convention of the Cornell College Chess and Games club.

18 April – 20 April

Minicon

Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis area)

From their website: Minicon features panel discussions, readings, signings, costuming, films, gaming (open and organized), an art show, dealers, kids’ programming, a science room, filk and folk music, a consuite and bar, room parties, and various special events.

25 April – 27 April

ConStellation

Lincoln, NE (Omaha area)

SciFi convention with some gaming.

25 April – 27 April

M.A.G.E. Con Spring

Sioux City, NE

Midwest Area Gaming Enthusiasts’ spring game convention.

? April – ? April

Spring Recruits

Lee’s Summit, MO (KC area)

From the organizers: Recruits gaming convention features historical, fantasy and sci-fi miniature war and board games in a family-friendly environment. Just $5 for adults and free for students with current IDs, Recruits is a bargain by any standard. Tournaments include WH40K, Warmachine, Flames of War, DBA and Magic the Gathering and Highlander CCGs. Vendors from across the Midwest are on hand to help you find the gaming products you crave. With seven sessions spanning the entire weekend, special guests and prize giveaways, there’s something for everyone!

May 2014

2 May – 4 May

DemiCon

Des Moines, IA

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Gaming Convention.

2 May – 4 May

Borderwars

Kansas City, KS

HAHMGS’s wargames convention.

2 May – 4 May

Comic Con Wizard World Convention – Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN

Annual pop culture convention including Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles and More.

3 May – 4 May

Oz-Con

West Plains, MO (South Central Missouri)

From the organizers: Cosplay, anime and gaming convention nestled in the Ozarks. The convention is hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains’ Computer and Graphics Programming department as a fundraiser for the Child’s Play charity. The two days of awesomeness will have a little bit for everyone including Anime, Cosplay Events, MTG, Warhammer, Warmachine, Role Playing games, and much more.

9 May – 11 May

Nerd-Kon

Omaha, NE

Multi-genre gaming convention.

15 May – 18 May

Geekway to the West

St. Louis, MO

Board game convention. From their website: Come for four days of fun, friends, and boardgaming. We’ll have the Trade Table, the Game Library, Door Prizes, our Play and Win promotion, a massive Saturday night Werewolf game, tournaments, and more!

23 May – 25 May

ConQuest

Kansas City, MO

SciFi con with BattleTech, open gaming and computer gaming.

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June 2014

6 June – 8 June

Berserkon

Duluth, MN

Geek and Gaming Convention.

12 June – 15 June

Cosplacon

Jefferson City, MO 65101 (central Missouri)

Cosplay, Anime, Sci-fi, and Gaming convention in Mid-Missouri.

12 June – 15 June

CoreCon

Fargo, ND

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Anime Convention with a gaming room and an electronic gaming room.

13 June – 15 June

Oasis Game-Con

Oasis Convention Center at Timberlake Ranch Camps, 2349 State Highway Spur 34B, Firth, NE 68358 (Lincoln area)

Board games convention hosted by the Timberlake Ranch Camps. Offers a boardgame library and tournament games. Also offers camp lodging and camp activities for kids (kids zip line, inflatable water slide, craft table, lasertag, gaga ball, nature hike, obstacle course and kids movie theater.).

13 June – 14 June (Fri – Sat)

Fear the Con

Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis area)

Annual table top gaming convention hosted by the Fear the Boot podcast. This year they will also be hosting an online convention (Fear the Internet) the same weekend for those who can not be there in person.

July 2014

3 July – 6 July

CONvergence

Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis area)

Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, with open gaming and computer gaming. Over 5000 attendees.

11 July – 13 July

Anime-zing!

Davenport, IA

Anime convention with large video game room.

18 July – 20 July

KantCon

Overland Park, KS 66210 (Kansas City area)

Kansas City summer game convention.

24 July – 27 July

Amber Central

Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis area)

Annual role playing convention devoted to Roger Zelazny’s worlds of Amber using the Amber Diceless RPG.

August 2014

? August

Guns of August

St. Louis, MO 63119

Big Muddy Historical Games Alliance’s annual one-day summer miniature and board game convention.

? August – ? September

Sogen Con

Sioux Falls, SD

Game convention.

? August – ? September

M.A.G.E. Con South

Sioux City, NE

Midwest Area Gaming Enthusiasts’ end of summer game convention.

September 2014

19 September – 21 September

CogCon

Rolla, MO (Central Missouri)

Game convention.

19 September – 21 September

Fall Recruits

Lee’s Summit, MO (Kansas City area)

From the organizers: Recruits gaming convention features historical, fantasy and sci-fi miniature war and board games in a family-friendly environment. Just $5 for adults and free for students with current IDs, Recruits is a bargain by any standard. Tournaments include WH40K, Warmachine, Flames of War, DBA and Magic the Gathering and Highlander CCGs. Vendors from across the Midwest are on hand to help you find the gaming products you crave. With seven sessions spanning the entire weekend, special guests and prize giveaways, there’s something for everyone!

? September

TengaiCon

Manhattan, Kansas (Topeka area)

Gaming convention. From their website: Escape the drudgeries of daily life with a weekend [day?] of fun and adventure. Participate in card games, RPG, board games, painting, and many other events.

? September – ? September

Fields of Honor – Fall

Johnston, IA (Des Moines area)

Biannual game convention.

October 2014

3 October – 5 October

Archon

St. Louis, MO (Collinsville, IL)

St. Louis area Science Fiction / Fantasy convention with CCG, RPGA, Call of Cthulhu, AD&D, miniatures and more!

3 October – 5 October

XenoCon

Davenport, IA

Game convention with board games, card games and role playing games presented by QC Gamers.

3 October – 5 October

Nuke-Con

Omaha, NE

Gaming Convention in Omaha.

24 October – 26 October

ValleyCon

Moorhead, MN (Fargo, ND area)

Pop culture festival featuring scifi, fantasy, horror, comics, anime, film/tv and gaming.

? October – ? October

G.A.M.E. (Gaming Arts Media Expo)

Springfield, MO

From their website: Gaming Arts Media Expo, also known as G.A.M.E., is a 3-day event that embraces all things geeky or on the fringe of mainstream culture. We seek to show that all the arts connected to gaming, sci-fi, fantasy are as legitimate as fine arts found in museums and galleries. The G.A.M.E. event will have a variety of activities: Role-Playing Games, Video & Computer Games, Live Action Role-Playikng (LARP), Tactical Miniatures, Board Games, Collectible Card Games, Media Room (animé, live-action), Exhibitors/Dealers Area, Panel Discussions, Costume Contest, Art Show, and a Game Design Contest.

? October – ? October

METHOD Con

St. Louis Park, MN (Minneapolis area)

Small science fiction / fantasy convention with an open gaming room.

31 October- 2 November

ICON

Cedar Rapids, IA

Multi genre convention with open gaming and a pathfinder track.

November 2014

? November – ? November

Command CON

St. Louis, MO 63146

From the organizers: Big Muddy Historical Gaming Association’s (BMHGA) annual fall war gaming convention. Offers a wide variety of events including: miniature games (historical and fantasy), special tournaments, board games, and auctions. The convention also provides hobby shops, venders, and dealers with the opportunity to reach an active community of gamers that are eager to demonstrate their support for our hobby.

? November – ? November

Warmachine Weekend

St. Louis, MO

Game convention where the focus is Warmachine.

? November – ? November

KC Game Fair / ShaunCon / Borderwars / Blockhead

Kansas City, MO

From their website: For the past few years, the KCGF has hosted the combined events from several KC area gaming conventions and gaming groups. Once again, KCGF includes Shauncon (Role Players Guild of Kansas City, Ltd.), Borderwars (Heart of America Historical Miniatures Gaming Society) and Blockhead (board gaming). In addition to the wide variety of tabletop gaming events, the convention also hosts special guests, industry seminars and an extensive Heroes of Rokugan (Legend of the 5 Rings RPG) living campaign and live action event. A selection of game dealers, small game companies and related vendors are also available during the show.

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December 2014

2015

January 2015

? January – ? January

Vermincon

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (Sioux City area)

Midwest Area Gaming Enthusiasts’ winter game convention.

February 2015

? February – ? February

Con of the North

St. Paul, MN (Minneapolis area)

Game convention with over 100 events, LARPS, and three free computer rooms.

? February – ? February

Gamicon

Iowa City, IA

Long running game convention with board, card, role playing, miniature, video and computer games.

? February – ? March

Visioncon

Branson, MO

Game convention with table top gaming and a video game room sponsored by Best Buy.

? February – ? March

CogCon Spring Mini Con

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO (Central Missouri)

Friday evening and all day Saturday game convention.

March 2015

6 March – 8 March

MarsCon

Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis area)

SciFi convention with panel discussions, parties, music, art show, guests of honor, film/anime room, dealers, charity auction, masquerade and a small gaming area with some scheduled games plus open gaming.

? March – ? March

Great Plains Game Festival

Lincoln, NE

Gamer convention. From the organizers: The Great Plains Game Festival features boardgames, miniatures, Magic, role playing games and more. Events and activities include an open game library, Magic tournaments, Dominion tournament, Warhammer 40K Super Qualifier, Feast of Blades Warmachine tournament, demos and local designers, and much more.

? March – ? March

Dakota Game Con (formerly M.A.G.E. Con North)

Brookings, SD

Midwest Area Gaming Enthusiasts’ game convention.