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The Midwest's Longest Consecutively Running Independent Gaming Convention! 


Event Registration is Officially OPEN!

Just click on the "Event Registration" link on the left-hand nav, or go to this link to get started! Hope to see you at the con soon!

Game Submission is still OPEN!

It's mid-October and the baseball playoffs are in full swing. Go Cubbies. Here at Winter War we've received some game submissions but we still need more. We need all sorts of games so we can have another successful Winter War. In the program for Winter War 44, we will have a memorial for Donald McKinney, anyone that wants to submit a brief anecdote or memory of Don is welcome to send it to us here.

Winter War 44 will be held on Jan 27-29, 2017.

Dates for 2018. Winter War 45 will be Jan 26-28, 2018 still at the Hawthorne Suites.

And remember to join our Yahoo group -- the latest Winter War discussions are all happening there. The fastest way to find out what's going on, or ask questions about events is our Yahoo group! We are on Facebook, as well!

About Us

Where We Are

About Our Games

For nearly four decades, Winter War has been providing a place for tabletop gaming enthusiasts to come together to express their passion in a no-frills and no distractions atmosphere. Independently managed for over thirty five years, we have endeavored to preserve and promote the very essence of the gaming community, the games. Located in Champaign-Urbana, IL, Winter War provides a relaxed gaming atmosphere with an almost limitless variety of gaming to be had and friends to be made. We are also dedicated to the promotion of gaming in our younger generation, offering a wide variety of kid-friendly gaming and family oriented events. Located at the Hawthorn Suites in downtown Champaign-Urbana, our con attendees are privileged to such amenities as
  • Free Parking
  • Affordable On-Site Meals
  • On Site ATM
and access to all of downtown's many fine dining and entertainment establishments. The Hawthorn Suites are located at 101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign, IL 61820, and can be reached by phone at (217) 398-3400. Mention that you are attending Winter War to learn about the convention room discount! 
No matter what your interests in table-top gaming, experience level, or age, Winter War has an event to suit your tastes. From role playing to World War II combat simulations to collectible card games, we have it all. Winter War is even home to one of the area's premier Advanced Squad Leader tournaments. Take a look at our past conventions for a taste of what types of games Winter War has offered in the past. Also, hop on our mailing list to discuss what you would like to see. We welcome anyone who would like to try their hand at running an event, even if it is your first time!