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08 Dec 2018 8:15 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Mar 2018 10:53 a.m. PST

Little Wars was recently voted as best Midwest gaming convention. What makes this convention the best?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2018 1:11 p.m. PST

Only small people die in it.

Raynman Inactive Member16 Mar 2018 1:55 p.m. PST

It's closer to where I live.

princeman16 Mar 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

Well run
Close to many gamers
Great games
Wide variety of vendors
Great venue
Many gamers have been attending for over 30 years
Need more?

TGerritsen16 Mar 2018 2:39 p.m. PST

1. Number and diversity of events.
2. Well run registration process on site (two minutes and you are in and playing).
3. Nice venue (it's always been at a nice venue, and the latest is quite nice- so none of the odd drama we see around Cold Wars or Historicon)
4. Location- it's always been in the Chicago (general) area, so it's easily accessible by car and (international) airport
5. Good Vendor Hall (though I do miss the glorious vendor halls of the Lincolnshire days)

Bonus- Proximity (This one is admittedly selfish- I don't live in Chicago, but I live about 2 hours away from the event)

Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2018 2:39 p.m. PST

Added to my bucket list….😀

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2018 2:45 p.m. PST

not too overcrowded

I am a Gen Con fan but will agree it can be overwhelming to some and its lack of historical content worrisome to others
( hey they can only run games that people propose)

RKE Steve16 Mar 2018 6:39 p.m. PST

Where was it voted as the best midwest convention?

TGerritsen16 Mar 2018 7:13 p.m. PST

Here on a TMP poll.

Cyrus the Great16 Mar 2018 9:14 p.m. PST

I personally prefer Adepticon, but I can see where Little Wars would win top honors.

It is good to be King Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2018 5:38 a.m. PST

Really, Can someone provide a link to the poll?


Larry Gettysburg Soldiers Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2018 11:54 a.m. PST
Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2018 4:53 p.m. PST

I've always had a good time at LW.

coolyork Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2018 7:09 p.m. PST

What kind of turnout do they get ?

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2018 5:43 p.m. PST

Cyrus +1

RKE Steve21 Mar 2018 6:21 p.m. PST

Turnout has been somewhere around 600 to 670. In the days prior to 2008 it was as high as 800 to 850.

wargamingUSA22 Mar 2018 5:55 a.m. PST

RKE Steve, yes it was 800 to 850 at its peak… and it is a strong 600-700 now… both better than the couple hundred that bravely showed up during the those dark cold days of dispair out on the steppes of Rochelle, Illinois.

LW usually has a wide variety of games including quite a few kid-focused games, registration seems to run smoothly, decent vendor and flea market areas, typcially some re-enactor displays, and some type of painting class, and since the late '90s has been held at pretty good venues.

Lord Ashram22 Mar 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

Because you can get yourself made into a miniature over at the Minuteman Miniature booth (#20, for those who are interested).


shthar26 Mar 2018 6:28 p.m. PST

they make no room for crap games.

kcabai23 Apr 2018 7:28 a.m. PST

The main reason Little Wars is great, is because you have made it so.  We have been blessed with great GM's Attendees, and Vendors.  We also have:

The convention has grown to 4 days, and now starts Thursday evening
Over 230 games listed in the Preliminary Events List 
Over three dozen vendors
Swag Bag to the first 650 attendees, with over a $46 USD value
Demo tables at many dealers where you can try out their games – prizes for trying all of them 
Air Brush Seminar given by Ken Scholfeldt, is now on Thursday evening at 7PM in the Grand Ballroom
Return of WGN for Friday morning coverage, 
Friday afternoon coverage by CBS
Two major Judges Prizes – both winners receive free entry to Little Wars 2019!                                           Best of Show                                                 People's Choice Award 
Free Night Stay Room Raffle for a lucky attendee! 
Raffle for a Keith Rocco print 
Painting contest with Prizes 
Paint N Take returns 
Reenactor Row returns 
Flea Market returns 
Hot lunch around the noon hour, Return of the Cold Bunker Café open all day

And, of course, some of the finest gaming experiences in the Midwest!

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian23 Apr 2018 8:16 a.m. PST

I am looking forward to it again this year.

Running A double blind Battle of Midway and a 28mm First Crusade Battle of Nicea.

Plus some pick up demo games of Triumph in the evenings. It's a great convention and the location is very nice.

shthar24 Apr 2018 4:41 p.m. PST

It always rains, so you got your excuse why you can't do anything else.

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