This past weekend was Winter War 36. Winter War is a small gaming convention in Chambana which I have been attending most years since back in the late 70s when it was run by the U of I wargaming club on campus. The U of I club folded up a long time ago, and Don and Sue McKinney have been running the convention for 20 years or so in regular private facilities. Since the demise of the Chancellor, they've been at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, so this year was pretty much the usual. There are enough events at the convention that all the function space at the hotel is totally full and there is very little space free for pick-up games and just hanging out, but there seem to be enough attendees to support the events and it works out fairly well.
( the games I playedCollapse )
I recommend Winter War to anyone who's interested in playing a bunch of board games. Just be proactive and sign up early. Winter War also offers role-playing and miniatures events; I don't mean to disparage those in praising the board games; lots of people seem to be having a great time in those events too.