Little Wars 2018 Room Raffle!

We’ve already met our minimum room requirements with The Westin – thank you to those who have booked early – but for those of you still waiting, here’s a bigger incentive. For everyone who has already booked or who books between now and April 20 at the Little Wars 2018 block of rooms preferred rate, your name will automatically be entered into a drawing for ONE NIGHT PAID by HMGS-Midwest.

What do you need to do? If you’ve already reserved your rooms, you’re good! If not, book now. The preferred rate is available publicly until midnight, March 24. After that, you must call the hotel directly and make arrangements. They will honor the rate until April 20 (subject to room availability).

Are there any other restrictions? Yes, current HMGS-Midwest board members and their families are ineligible for the drawing. It’s our thanks to the membership for your support of the convention. See you there!

Little Wars 2018 Convention Operating Schedule

Little Wars 2018 will be held from April 26-29 2018. Here are the hours of operation by day:

Thursday, April 26

  • Registration                               5 PM – 8 PM
  • Event Hall                                   6 PM -2 AM
  • Vendor Hall                                Closed/Vendor Set-Up

Friday, April 27

  • Registration                               8 AM – 8 PM
  •         Event Hall                                  9 AM – 2 AM
  •         Vendor Hall                             12 PM – 7 PM
  •         Flea Market Session 1      10:30 AM – 1 PM
  •         Flea Market Session 2        6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Saturday, April 28

  •          Registration                              8 AM – 7 PM
  •          Event Hall                                  9 AM – 2 PM
  •          Vendor Hall                               9 AM – 6 PM
  •          Flea Market Session 3              8 AM – 10:30 AM
  •          Flea Market Session 4         6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  •          Raffle Drawing                          9 PM

Sunday, April 29

  •          Registration                              8 AM – 12 PM
  •          Event Hall                                  9 AM – 5 PM
  •          Vendor Hall                               9 AM – 1 PM
  •          Annual Meeting                        3 PM – 5 PM
  •          Convention Ends                      5 PM

Important Dates for Little Wars 2018 – Events, Preregistration, Vendors

The Preliminary Events Listing is closed for 2018 at this time. If you still wish to run an event at Little Wars 2018 and have it listed in the on-site program, the deadline is February 27. Events can still be submitted after that date until April 1, subject to available table space.

Preregistration (by mail) is open now and will continue until March 23.

If you wish to be a vendor and listed in the program, the deadline is Feb 21.  Applications may be accepted after that date, subject to available space.

The convention itself begins Thursday, April 26, with setup beginning at 3 PM. The convention ends Sunday, April 29 at 5 PM.

The annual membership meeting will be held on Sunday from 3-5 PM.




Little Wars 2018 Gamemaster & Judge Information


HMGS Midwest Little Wars Judge Registration is Open

Little Wars 2018 will be held April 26 – April 29, 2018.

Little Wars is looking for a few good persons to rally round the tables and once again put on the premier games for which this convention is known.

What’s New for 2018?

This year’s theme is the Dawn of a New Age. If you feel your event or game qualifies, please indicate it when registering. Please note that only historical games are eligible for the theme prize. We’re also changing how the winner is selected this year – stay tuned for more information.

There will also be a Gamer’s Choice award this year. All games are eligible and your events will automatically be included. We’re asking attendees to select the game and judge that was the most enjoyable at the convention. More details will follow as we solidify the voting process.

Thursday night is now available for gaming! That’s right – another evening slot is open for your event.

WGN returns on Friday morning. WGN-TV will broadcast from Little Wars starting at 8 AM on Friday. There’s a potential need for games for the 9:00 AM slot, so consider that when stating your preferred times.

Important Dates

  • January 28, 2018 Deadline for event to be in preregistration mailing
  • February 27, 2018 Deadline for event to be in the Event Program
  • April 5, 2018 Deadline for errata sheet


What to Do?

Use the attached form(s) to submit your events:

Little_Wars_2018_Event_Submission (PDF)

Little_Wars_2018_Event_Submission (Excel)

The earlier you submit, the more likely you will get the day and time you request.

You may email an electronic submission to or snail mail your submissions to:

Little Wars 2018 Events
c/o Jim Roots
687 Aster Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031

If you have questions or special game requirements, you can use the same email and address. You may also call me at 847-548-2731 (evenings between 7-9 PM only. Feel free to leave a detailed voicemail if we can’t pick up – we’ll get back to you).

If you’re a regular judge, thank you for your games and we hope to see you again. If you’ve run in the past and are thinking about returning to judging, welcome back! And if you’ve never judged before, this is the Dawn of a New Age – what better time to take the plunge!

Here’s hoping for a great 2018 event!

Little Wars 2018 Vendor Information

Vendor Hours


12 pm to 7 pm


9 am to 6 pm


9 am to 1 pm

2018 Vendor Information


Little Wars 2017 Theme Winner – Clash of Civilizations!

Little Wars 2017 Winner for Best Theme “Clash of Civilizations” goes to Andrew Schapals for his two Sci Fi events (yes, two events) entitled “You’re Making Caesar Cry” – Battle of New Ape City -3270AD and “Apes and Mutants and Bombs, Oh My!” – Ape Assault on the Forbidden Zone -2670AD. Both games were Parent-Child events using rules that Andy cretaed himself. Beer and Pretzels with home rules as Andy called them. Everyone had a great time playing these games, some even played in both games. Andy has been running events at Little Wars for a long time now, and always puts on several events that are always unique and fun. Congratualtions to Andy for his efforts and continuous support of Little Wars Andy will receive FREE admission to Little Wars 2018 and a coveted Blue Ribbon.