January 24th - 26th
The Holiday Inn Champaign Suites
101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign, IL 61820


Winter War and COVID-19 Update

Greetings Winter Warriors,

As you know, our country currently finds itself in the midst of a pandemic caused by COVID-19. We here at Winter War care deeply about the health and well-being of our attendees, and also wish to follow all guidelines and mandates regarding social distancing and public health and safety. So, to that end, we wish to make it clear where we are in regards to planning for Winter War in 2021.

Firstly, the board of directors is watching the current situation very closely. At this time, there is no indication that health and safety mandates and precautions will be lifted by the time our convention is scheduled. However, things may change between now and then, and so in order to account for the possibility that the convention will be allowed to be held, we will begin taking event submissions effective immediately.

Secondly, while event submissions are now open, this does not mean we are in any way guaranteeing that the event itself will go on. The board will continue to monitor the situation, and will make a decision before pre-registration would normally open as to what our course of action will be. If we deem that holding Winter War would in any way put our attendee's health at risk, we will not open pre-registration, and will inform you via our usual communication methods (our mailing list, the homepage of our website, and our Facebook group).

With all this being said, Winter War offers the following advice to our attendees :

1) Don't make any plans, travel arrangements, hotel reservations, or other accommodations one would normally need to make to attend Winter War until we are sure that the event will still be able to be held 100% safely.

2) If you do still plan to make arrangements to attend, make sure that those arrangements can be cancelled easily and without penalty. Winter War can not be held responsible for any fees associated with travel cancellations.

3) Please take your own health into consideration. If you feel at all unsure or worried about your personal well being in these times, we urge you not to plan to attend. Even if conditions and mandates improve, there is always the chance for an outbreak or a spike until a wide-spread and easily adopted inoculation or cure is available to everyone.

Again, while we are opening event submissions, we do not in any way guarantee that the convention will be held this coming year. As previously stated, the Winter War Convention Board of Directors will be closely monitoring the situation and will make a decision about whether to go forward with the show or to cancel in the coming months.

Thank you all for your continued support over the years, and your understanding in these trying times. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


The Winter War Staff

You can always browse through our GM Policies, our Attendee Policies, and our General Attendance Information.

Hotel Update

The hotel now has a website for this year, and you can get there by visiting the official Holiday Inn Website, but we highly recommend making your bookings by phone, to ensure that you're included in our convention rate! These fine folks have been great hosts to us year after year, and we look forward to the same stellar treatment, convention space, and fresh food that we have had in past years.

Thank you all for your continued support! Please feel free to drop us a line over on our Official Facebook Page if you need anything at all. We look forward to seeing you all in January!

About Us

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.

Where We Are

Located at the Holiday Inn Champaign 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! 

About Our Games

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. 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!

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