Forge Midwest is an annual roleplaying convention based in Madison, WI. Approximately 50-75 gamers from Wisconsin and the Midwest attended in 2012 and 2013, and we’re hoping 2014 will be even bigger. Gamers of all type are welcome at Forge Midwest. Forge Midwest has been home to board games, card games, and roleplaying games. There are no content restrictions on games- both the most cutting edge indie playtests, as well as classics and old school revival games have been played at Forge Midwest.
Forge Midwest is geared towards adults. There is alcohol in the gaming areas, and we do not police for profanity or explicit content.
There is plenty of food to go around! Bring and share your favorite snacks and beverages. Eastern Madison is home to many, many restaurants within easy walking distance, and the hotel accepts deliveries.
Best of all, Forge Midwest is free! We do ask for donations from repeat attendees to help fund the event, but Forge Midwest is 100% non-profit.
The true origin of Forge Midwest is shrouded in myth and legend. It’s been based in Madison since 2008 at the wonderful Best Western East Towne Suites. At first my involvement was simply in arranging for a venue, but I’ve since stepped up to be convention organizer.
Before that, Matt Snyder, Ron Edwards, and Troy Costick probably did some stuff in Chicagoland at an airport for some sort of mysterious “Forge Midwest Gathering,” in 2006 and 2007, which to me sounds vaguely sinister, and likely harkens back to Druidic and/or Masonic rituals going back hundreds of years.