Midwinter Gaming Convention 2025

Play to Win

Play to Win has been a staple at Midwinter for a very long time, and we are happy to continue this track for the 2025 show!

How does it work?

You can find our Play to Win track in the Lake Country Ballroom. These games are available for check-out at the Board Game Desk, where you will turn in an ID for the time you have each game. Your ID will be returned to you when you return the game. (IDs are safely stored, with Midwinter Staff at all times, and no information is recorded or used)

A selection of games will be available Thursday-Sunday. Last Call for game check-out will be 2 hours before the room closes (10pm Thurs-Sat) or 2 hours before winners are announced (2pm Sun).

Winners will be selected at random, and you do need to be present to pick up your titles. A list of winners will be available at the Board Game Desk beginning at 2pm on Sunday. All winners must pick up their titles no later than 5:30pm on Sunday.

Daily Drawings

New for 2025, we will be adding Thursday to our Daily Drawing rotation!

Each day of the show, we will have a drawing for a fantastic swag bag full of gaming goodness. This drawing is open to everyone at the show, and we have multiple ways to gain entries.

Each day will feature a different colored ticket, and each color is only valid for that day. For example, if green is Thursday's color, they must be used on Thursday and will not be valid for any other day's drawing.

ALL Midwinter Guests will receive one entry per day. Please stop by Convention Registration in the Lake Country Foyer each day to receive your daily ticket.

Additional entries may be earned as follows:

All tickets should be turned in to the Raffle Drum located at Convention Registration in the Lake Country Foyer.

Winners will be selected at random, you do NOT need to be present at the time of drawing to win, but you must pick up before 5:30pm Sunday. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday winners will be announced at 6:30pm, and our Sunday winner will be announced at 4:30pm. Winners will be announced at Convention Registration, via social media, and we will contact each winner via the email provided in TableTop.Events. All winners must pick up their swag bag no later than 5:30pm on Sunday.

Featured Titles Drawing

Here at Midwinter HQ we're always working to better the show. Now, it's known that our On-Site Library is very small...intentionally so. This is because we wanted our library to serve a very specific purpose. The games we keep in our library are from Local and Regional Small Press and Indie Designers.

But...these titles don't get checked out as much as our Play to Win titles. So...

We are adding a NEW DRAWING to the show!

If you play one of our "Featured Titles" (formerly known as the library), not only will you receive an entry into the Daily Drawing as per usual, we will now also have a special Featured Titles Drawing on Sunday of the show!

How do you enter? Simply play any of our Featured Titles (which will be announced closer to the show), and you will receive an entry into the Daily Drawing AND the Featured Titles Drawing. Want more entries? If you also post a review on Board Game Geek you will receive an additional entry into the Featured Titles Drawing. Plus you'll get that cozy feeling of knowing you are helping a Local Designer get more eyes on their game!

The winner of this drawing will be announced at 2pm on Sunday and must pick up their prize no later than 5:30pm on Sunday.