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Chgowiz06 Nov 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

GameHoleCon was just this past weekend in Madison WI. It's held at the Alliant Energy Convention Center. It had a lot of RPGs, board games, card games, and miniature wargaming.

This was my first time to GHC. I would call it a regional-sized conference. It's hard to gauge how many people were there. I'd say a bit smaller than GaryCon and smaller than Little Wars. It was run really well, I had no bad experiences as an attendee or a GM.

The HMGS-Midwest was out in force there. I had the pleasure of playing in Steve Fratt's "Saving Private Ryan" 54mm game – what a fun, emotionally-gripping game! I also played in a silly miniatures game called "When Good Villagers Go Bad" – it's by Inner City Games Design. I also ran a Ral Partha Chaos Wars fantasy miniatures game on Sunday morning. Kevin Cabai was out with his Orcs Drift game and I saw one other era (1800s?) represented, as well as futuristic games.

If you haven't had a chance to go to GHC, I would recommend you go. I had a blast and everyone there seemed to have a lot of fun.

kcabai06 Nov 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

Chgowiz, thanks for the kind words. Our group had a great time at the con as well. We were able generate a strong interest in Little Wars for 2018 and recruited a number of GMs for events.

Steve Fratt and I had a chance to talk with Alex Kammer, and has reaffirmed the drive to bring more mini events to GameHoleCon. He a has very spacious venue, and his support staff is top notch. We are looking forward to next year.

Chgowiz06 Nov 2017 10:47 a.m. PST

Hey Kevin, hope you are feeling better!

I'm glad you guys are coming back to GHC, I was really impressed with the diversity of attendees and games. They gave you all a great amount of space and there were some great tables laid out.

I'll see you at Little Wars, can't wait!

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

This was in the same Madison, Wisconsin that I live in?!? Man, you guys need to advertise more, lol. I was bemoaning the fact that I couldn't get to Fall In after planning to do so for the first time (RL intervened), and Googled "miniature conventions in November, 2017" and IIRC the closest I found was one in Ohio or Tennessee or some such place!

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

PS, drove right by Alliant Center twice over the weekend, to boot!

kcabai06 Nov 2017 5:16 p.m. PST

Sorry you missed it, at least you know for next year. I just googled the same thing:

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mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 5:36 p.m. PST

Shyte, I either have bad eyes or asked something a slight bit different, kcbai. But thanks, I'm on notice for next year.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member08 Nov 2017 10:48 a.m. PST

I have wanted to attend this con since it began! Hopefully things will come together eventually. Planning to move to Madison in 2019, anyway. Alex K is a good guy and I'm sure he runs a terrific convention.

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