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The Midwest's Longest Consecutively Running Independent Gaming Convention! 


Game Submission is OPEN!

Now that GenCon is over, it's time to start pulling out the scenarios and prepping for Winter War 44. Games can still be submitted the same way. Use the online submission on the left, or print out and mail in the form. We can't wait to begin checking out this years collection of games.

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

We hope to see everyone there. 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

Have a great fall everyone.

We want to thank the Hawthorne Suites for the space and wonderful service of their staff. Winter War 44 will be held on Jan 27-29, 2017 at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, ILAlso, you can grab a copy of the Winter War 42 Program by clicking on it. Filled with fun facts and interesting information. 

 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, Winter War on Facebook!

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!