Lakes Area Game Fest is an annual "open gaming" convention for new and experienced gamers, families, and individuals of all ages to learn and play contemporary board & card games.
The event is hosted by the Lakes Area Board Gamers, an open group of board-gaming enthusiasts in Northwest Iowa. Our convention welcomes attendees from across the Midwest (and beyond!) to take part in a full 24 hours of gaming over the course of two days.
In addition, 25% of the event's profits are donated to local charities, so together we are all doing some good! Way to go, team!
Attendees have access to our Convention Library of more than 200 popular games which can be checked out for free use within the event space. The library also includes a selection of Play to Win games – simply check out and play these games for a chance to win them at the end of the convention! Guests are also encouraged to BYOG (Bring Your Own Games) to enjoy with others.
Open gaming is available for the entirety of the convention, but plenty of programming is also featured, including:
This is an opportunity to enjoy the tabletop gaming hobby in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We hope you'll join us!
The Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center is located at 1405 US-71 in Okoboji, IA. Visit the Venue page for more information, including a special guest rate on our block of rooms.
Doors open on Saturday, January 4th at 10:00 am, and the gaming area will close for the night at 2:00 am on Sunday, January 5th. We will re-open at 9:00 am on Sunday and close out the convention at 5:00 pm that evening, for a grand total of 24 hours of gaming! Badges are available for Saturday only, Sunday only, or for the full 2-day weekend.
Early registration discounts will be available through December 1, 2019, but online registration will remain available through Thursday, January 2, at our standard rates as noted below.
Please note, the event may sell out (and our capacity is strictly limited) so please purchase your badge now to secure your spot!
Arrowwood is home to Minerva's Restaurant and Bar. The Minerva's menu features a large selection of favorites including hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, authentic pasta, the freshest salads, and house-made desserts. There are also a number of restaurants nearby—many within walking distance or a short drive. Snacks and sodas are available near the hotel desk, and hotel guests receive a complimentary breakfast. The restaurant kitchen will also be preparing special late-night meals and snacks for convention guests, and these items will be made available for purchase from the front desk once the kitchen has closed (cash only; more info here).
Please note: No outside food or drinks are permitted in the gaming area, but complimentary water stations will be provided, and kitchen staff will regularly take Minerva's meal orders to be delivered to the Gaming Hall.
The main gaming hall and other common spaces at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center feature complimentary Wi-Fi. Network conditions will vary with the number of active users on the network.
Attendees can sign up for scheduled gaming and demos held throughout the convention. A complete up-to-date schedule can be found on our Event Schedule page, but more events are being added all the time! If you are a designer, publisher, vendor, etc. and you are interested in running an event or hosting a table, please contact us for more information.
Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering! It takes a lot of hard work by many hands to successfully organize and run a convention. We (and our guests) greatly appreciate the volunteers who offer their time and talents to this cause.
Lakes Area Game Fest is pleased to offer a discounted block of rooms through our convention hotel, Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. Please visit our Venue page for more information!
Our convention is organized, staffed, and financed by the Lakes Area Board Gamers – a group of people from varying professions and seasons of life who all share one common passion: board games and the community that gathers around them. While we are not currently organized as a legal non-profit entity, our desire is not to make money for ourselves. We continue to invest our own personal funds to make this event a reality, and our shared goal is simple: to support our local community and the gaming community abroad, while also creating an enjoyable and memorable experience for all who attend.
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