Four Days of Tabletop Hobby Gaming

If you missed our previous update then you may not know that this last week we met our initial funding goal of $4,000! And THEN we also met our first stretch goal of $5,000 to bring special guest Jon Lamkin and the D&D Adventurer's League's "Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire" to Kansas City.

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Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire - UNLOCKED!

This final week of the Kickstarter we are pleased to announce even more great news, so let's get started!

Special Guests

We're pleased to announce two new guests this week!

  • Jon Lamkin, the D&D Adventurer's League's Regional Coordinator for the U.S. Plains Region will be running games, answering questions, and operating Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire. The Faire is the only way to exchange D&D AL certs, and acquire new ones out-of-game. Jon brings with him a special GenCon cert that players will definitely want to get their hands on!
  • Freelance author Sterling Hershey (Star Wars, D&D, The Last Parsec) will be on hand to run his games, answer questions, and participate in our Industry Panel. A game with Sterling is always a good time, so don't miss out.

New Exhibitors

And this week we're also pleased to announce four confirmed exhibitors:

  • Duel Grounds: Makers of Cthulhu Deckbuilder, focused around the Lovecraft theme, and coming to Kickstarter in 2016.
  • Pocket Odyssey: makers of the first tabletop micro-RPG ever! No pen and paper needed just devilishly charming wit and an adventurous spirit!
  • Jeff Porter Illustration: An incredible freelance Illustrator whose work includes some of gaming's brightest stars: Paizo Publishing, Catalyst Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Pelgrane Press, Kyoudai Games, Northwiter Press.
  • The Seven Deadlies Game: It's a race to Hell, and you gotta sin to win in this socially geared, card based game! Every sin has a story! What's yours?

New Organized Play Rewards

There's lots of news on this front, including new backer reward tiers for special events!

D&D Adventurer's League

D&D Adventurer's League

  • New backer reward for the Friday night world premiere of DDEX3-11, "The Quest for Sporedome," an adventure for levels 5-10.
  • Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire will be in attendance, allowing AL members to exchange certificates and acquire new ones.
  • A special GenCon certificate will be available.
  • And did you know we'll be running AL each slot? Spread the word!

Shadowrun Missions

Shadowrun Missions

  • New backer reward for NERPS! cards that grant players a +3 dice pool bonus.
  • New backer reward for the Friday night premiere of a Mission not seen outside GenCon.

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Heroes of Rokugan

  • Only one seat left for the special Bonds of Blood Sunday morning event. Get yours while they last!

Envoy Play to Win

Play to Win

In addition to the great variety of board games normally provided by the Gamer's Haven Game Library, their involvement with Double Exposure's Envoy program will be providing additional games that players can win just by playing! That's right, each time you play one of the Play to Win games and you'll be entered into a drawing to win the game.

Event Submission Now Open

We are now accepting event submissions at the Midwest GameFest website! Hosts/GMs use the submission form to let us know what you are running, when, and how many seats you'll need. If you are running an event more than once, make sure to only submit it once and simply indicate which slots it will run in.

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Hotel Rooms Running Low

Our initial allotment of rooms at the Sheraton has filled up. We were able to secure more, but if you are planning on staying at the Sheraton you need to book your rooms soon. They've informed us that weekend is filling up quickly!

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More to Come

Thanks for another incredible week, and stay tuned for more announcements as we ride out the last week of the Kickstarter! Remember, the Kickstarter ends September 9, 2015, so make sure to tell your friends, co-workers, and family about it.

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Midwest GameFest has had an incredible first full week of our Kickstarter campaign, reaching the halfway point in just a few days! Amazing! But there's still a long way to go, and a short time to get there so keep spreading the word and sharing the positive vibes.

We've got a lot to let you know about, so let's get to it!

Stretch Goals

Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire 

$5,000 – Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire

We're pleased to announce our first stretch goal is in place! If we hit the $5,000 funding level we'll have Fai Chen's Fantastical Faire, the official D&D Adventure League trading post. Fai Chen is a special event that can occur only at conventions hosting D&D Adventurers League adventures. At the Faire, AL players may trade permanent magic item certificates and may purchase consumable item certificates. Riding along on Fai Chen's mule-driven cart will be Jon Lamkin, the AL Regional Coordinator for the U.S. Plains region. Jon will be helping Fai Chen in his tasks and also running AL events. Having Jon and the Faire will be a great boon for AL players at the convention, so lets make this happen!

Heroes of Rokugan Reward Levels

Heroes of Rokugan

Our first organized play reward levels are for the amazing and long-running Legends of the Five Rings campaign Heroes of Rokugan. HoR backers can choose from three reward tiers:

  • $5 Reward: AM I DREAMING?
    Backers get a copy of the “Am I Dreaming?” cert for Heroes of Rokugan: The Nightmare War, allowing access to any printed Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition character option, as long as there are complete rules in the book! HoR has never offered a cert like this before!

  • $55 Reward: YUMEMUSHA
    Backers get a 4-day pass, a copy of the “Yumemusha” cert for Heroes of Rokugan: The Nightmare War, granting possession of a rare nemuranai, a Dream Shard, for use in the campaign. These mysterious items grant their possessors knowledge of worlds beyond the ones we know, potentially including both hidden histories and esoteric skills while traveling through distant dream-realms.

  • Bold: $150 Reward (limited to 5): BLOODBOUND
    Up to five backers get a 4-day pass, a copy of the “Yumemusha” cert for Heroes of Rokugan: The Nightmare War, and a seat at the Sunday morning exclusive slot of “Bonds of Blood,” an unreleased Heroes of Rokugan 3: Spirit of Bushido mod run by the mod’s author and HoR3’s head admin, Cory Mills!

New Add-ons

Premium Badge HolderIn addition to our great dice, mugs, t-shirts, steins, etc, backers can now add an RPGKC premium badge holders to their pledge level. We're also offering the Heroes of Rokugan "Am I Dreaming" and "Yumemusha" certificates as add-ons for backers!

Onsite Food and Drinks Until 7pm


Overland Park has some of the region's best food options, many of which are only a short drive away. But for folks who want to stay inside the convention facility and maximize their game playing we are pleased to offer onsite food options right in the convention pre-function area! Pizza, hot dogs, nachos, wraps, sandwiches, yogurt, soda, and more will all be available from 8am to 7pm. Coffee will be available in the pre-function area until noon. In addition to this, the convention center's own cafe, The Cyber Cafe, will also be open during most of the event offering similar options.

Free High-Speed Wi-Fi

OPCC Wi-Fi SpeedBoth the main game hall and our pre-function area at the Overland Park Convention Center will feature complimentary high-speed wi-fi. Network conditions will vary with the number of active users on the network.

Guest Lounge

Guest LoungeSpecial guests, VIGs, and volunteers can take a load off their feet at the Guest Lounge. Each morning these special folk can enjoy donuts with coffee and relax in a comfortable lounge chair while they get ready to start the day. Between events they can retreat here to take advantage of the water cooler, and enjoy a great place to bring lunch or dinner!

Military/Service Discount

We're pleased to announce a new reward level available exclusively to current or retired Fire, Ambulance, or Law Enforcement personnel or persons with valid Military credentials. Backers at this level also receive a premium badge holder.


It's been a great ride so far, so lets keep the momentum rolling! We'll be posting another update soon with more organized play rewards, special guest announcements, and event submission dates! Stay tuned.

The RPGKC is proud to announce the launch of the Midwest GameFest Kickstarter, running from today until September 8th. Midwest GameFest is a four-day tabletop game convention being held this November 12-15 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

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Why Back Us

We need to fund the entire operation in advance, and we've got some incredible backer rewards to make that happen. As a backer you get:

  • early access to event sign-ups
  • substantially lower prices than those who pay at the door
  • access to all non-exclusive convention events
  • eligible for special drawings leading up to and during the convention
  • eligible for stretch goals and add-ons like commemorative dice, t-shirts, and more!

Backers who commit to host events or volunteer can select a reward level that reflects an even lower price, all the way to down to one dollar! We've got some great early-bird and premium packages, and if you like memorabilia you'll want to check out our dice, t-shirts, and more! Exhibitors can lock-in their booth space early and use add-ons to get more space! Supporters and Sponsors aren't left out either. Got a group? We have group pricing, too.

Importance of the Campaign

Funded with KickstarterWith the Overland Park Convention Center, the Role-Players Guild of Kansas City has secured an outstanding event facility in a great location with easy access to the highway, tons of parking, incredible amenities, an amazing attached hotel, and lots of room for growth going forward. But as with many great venues, payment is due upfront. Most of the money has already been paid out of the Guild's coffers, but some remains. We need to wrap up the minimum amount of funding with our Kickstarter, and then replenish our funds through stretch goals, perks, and other special rewards. If we make back our investment, we'll continue hosting the event with the same high production values next year!

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More About Midwest GameFest

Midwest GameFest brings together long-running regional conventions ShaunCon and Borderwars and throws in the extensive gaming hoard from the Gamer's Haven Game Library to provide four incredible days of tabletop gaming.

ShaunCon, Bordewars, and Gamer's Haven Game Library

More About the RPGKC

Role-Players Guild of Kansas CityThe Role-Players Guild of Kansas City, Ltd. is a non-profit group of role-playing game enthusiasts dedicated to bringing quality gaming to all and educating the public about that gaming in Kansas City and the surrounding areas since 1990. One of the largest game clubs in the midwest, we maintain relations with many game companies, industry luminaries, local game shops, and Midwest gaming groups. We play mainly roleplaying games and board games, along with some miniatures, card games and LARPs. Our members play at Guild-hosted events and often arrange their own game sessions. The majority of our members reside in the Kansas City metro area, with some located across the nation. New players welcome!


Midwest GameFestAs part our our 25th Anniversary Celebration, we're proud to announce our new tabletop game convention, Midwest GameFest, Nov 12-15! Midwest GameFest brings the best of tabletop gaming to one event: RPGs, minis, board games, card games, workshops, dealers, authors, designers, a used game sale, and more! The Midwest GameFest is a tentpole event that brings multiple smaller events and groups together: Shauncon, Borderwars, the Gamer’s Haven Gaming Library and more!

Rob KraftThe name was selected by members of the RPGKC from the nearly 150 ideas that were submitted as part of our "Name Our New Convention" contest. Many had prior use or other issues, and so the board culled the list down to nine finalists. Members voted to determine the final winning idea, with the winner, Rob Kraft, receiving two weekend passes and two premium RPGKC badge holders. Congratulations Rob!

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The information was first made public in the gaming area of Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention today at 5:30pm. Working with Extra Life's Kansas City Guild and The Gamer's Haven Gaming Library, the RPGKC ran scheduled role-playing and dungeon delve events for the first time at Planet Comicon.

Look for more information to come in the very near future, including pricing, and our Kickstarter!