Deadlines Fast Approaching

The following dates are quickly approaching. Don’t miss out!

Deadline for Election Ballots – Postmarked by Sunday, March 31st.

Last Day to Submit Games for Little Wars 2019 – Sunday, March 31st

Last Day to Register Online for Little Wars 2019 – Sunday, March 31st

Last Day to Order Merchandise before Little Wars 2019 – Sunday, March 31st

Last Day for HMGS Room Block Pricing at the Westin Hotel – Thursday, April 4th

 

Game Submissions for Little Wars 2019 Now Open!

The Board has decided to use Tabletop Events to help us manage Little Wars 2019. Game Masters submitting games for Little Wars will need to:

1) Read the Game Submission Instructions posted here: Instructions for Submission of Games to Little Wars 2019

2) Go to tabletop.events and create an account – necessary in order to use Tabletop

3) To begin submitting your game[s], go directly to our Events Submission page at:

https://tabletop.events/conventions/little-wars-2019 

4) The Events Manager will receive your submission, approve it or request any appropriate changes before final approval.

5) Once approved, the Events Manager will locate a Table that has open Time Slots for your game, reserve the space for you and include the requested setup and take down times.

6) Once Pre-Registration is open and players begin selecting their games, the magic of Tabletop events will produce for you: a list of players, a waiting list, and means for communicating with the players. Please note that we are, as usual, holding back 25% of the player slots so we might have spaces available for selection on site at the convention.

7) The Events Desk at Little Wars will have a TV screen posting current status of games, and a series of lap tops to help manage all the events. We will also have a printer for assigning new players to games with available space.

Important Deadlines:

Saturday, February 2, 2019 – deadline for submission of games for the Preliminary Events List

Monday, February 4, 2019 – opening of Preregistration for Little Wars 2019 – including selection  of specific games

Sunday, March 31, 2019 – closing of Preregistration and deadline for submission of games that can be included in the Program – in order to create the Program for the Convention, the Pre-registration packets, and the Swag Bags.

HMGS-Midwest Board Elections – 2019

It is time again for Board of Director elections for HMGS-Midwest. As laid out in the current Bylaws the procedures are as follows:

1) By the end of November before the election in the following spring the current Board will announce whether or not they are considering serving another term of office and the membership is informed (this information was posted on the HMGS Midwest Facebook page before that date).

2) Once members see the list of incumbents, they will have a chance to run for office by letting the current Board know of their intentions of running for which position by January 31, 2019. Please attach a picture and a paragraph explaining why you would like to serve in the position. We will use these in the official ballot. (Candidates should send the email to membership@hmgsmidwest.com)
3) The Board will create a ballot and send it to every member via email with all the candidates, their paragraphs of explanation and picture

4) The membership will send the completed ballot via US Mail to
Membership Vice President HMGS-Midwest

5) All mailed ballots must be received by March 31st to be valid. Envelopes will remain unopened until the ballots are counted in April at public place in to be determined

6) Results of the election will be announced at the annual Members meeting on Sunday at Little Wars 2019

The incumbents desiring to serve another term include:

Steve Fratt for President
Kevin Cabai for Membership Vice President
Paul Dayton for Treasurer
Tom Zwerg for Secretary [appointed by the Board to serve out the office]
Jim Roots for Board Member at Large

 

Autumn Wars Registration and Event Sign-up

Warfare Before the Twentieth Century, Saturday November 3, 2018 at Trinity International University, 9am – Midnight

Cost = $10 HMGS-Midwest members ($20 non-members)

REGISTRATION AND EVENT SIGN-UP STARTS NOW AT https://tabletop.events/conventions/autumn-wars-2018

The Board has organized a one-day mini-convention in the late fall to serve our membership. For the first Autumn Wars we wanted to give attention to the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Periods.

2019 Little Wars Vendor Information

Greetings Gaming Vendors,
We are at that time of the year to start making your reservations for Little Wars 2019. Our host is The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Last year we saw our highest attendance at 700, coupled with most diverse amount of events at 235. As a thank you for your support in 2018, we have given you first right to keep your booth location from last year, at no additional charge. We had tried a number of new initiatives and based on feedback we will be continuing the following:
  • Free Demo Table option for those Vendors that have expressed an interest in the Lilac Room: We will be able to offer a few more of these, by moving Paint and Take.
  • Vendor Support Desk: Operated throughout the con to assist in any potential issues that may arise.
  • Drink and snack cart: Lor and her friends will be back, with a smile and a cold one.
  • Unloading and uploading volunteer support: This will be available Thursday night, Friday morning and Sunday after 1:00 PM.
  • Program Book/Newsletter/Website advertising options:Reach out to your customers at the con and all year through HMGS-Midwest media.
  • Swag Bag: SWAG donations are a terrific way to get your name and product in front of hundreds of Little Wars attendees.
  • Treasure Hunt with Demo Games: Help create traffic to your booth, it became an instant hit at the convention.
  • Flea Market: We will be adjusting the schedule to cause minimal conflict with the Vendor hours of operations
Plans are underway to have television news coverage, War College Events, Reenactors, Raffles, Painting Contest, Flea Market, President’s Game, and we keep the Thursday night, convention start. Sunday is Family and Tournament Day. We are formulating a reduced show entrance fee that day. Coming back to Little Wars on Sunday will be the Wheaton Academy-FOW tournament.
If you want to pay electronically and use PayPal, you may mail in your registration to the address on the application , and then use this link to pay the appropriate amount owed.
Here are the forms for download:
We look forward to your participation!