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 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 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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kickstarter sidebar ad 2015Early-bird event sign-up for Midwest GameFest 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!


Check out the Event List:

...and the Event 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.


  • 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.


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

Midwest GameFestWatch 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.

If you missed Midwest GameFest's 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.

Heroes of Rokugan

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.

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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!

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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!

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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


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.


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.

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