MILWAUKEE, WI – After a 12 year hiatus, summer convention gaming returns to the city of Milwaukee with the inaugural show of Nexus Game Fair which is set for June 19-22, 2014.  Hundreds of individual events are planned, along with an extensive line-up of industry special guests and VIPs.

The Events Manager is Harold Johnson.  He’s the former director of Gen Con who presided over its growth to over 20,000 attendees during the 1990s.  Johnson says they’ve already committed to three years worth of conventions in Milwaukee, so it’s sounding like the Nexus Game Fair is planning to be an annual thing, with a future.

The press release we got looks like it was written not by an actual gaming fan, but a corporate pitch man.  They seem to think of it as a commercial undertaking before anything else, and while they have an impressive list of participants, it implies that prime focus is insuring a flow of currency from your pockets to theirs.  To be fair, a convention with tens of thousands of attendees has to be run like a business, because there’s a lot of money involved anyway, but there should be more to it than just seeing a cash cow and targeting it.

They do look like they have a pretty good list of signed guests.  So far the industry special guests include Jolly Blackburn (Knights of the Dinner Table), Mike Carr (Dawn Patrol), Chris Clark (Inner City Games Designs), Bob Coggins (Napoleon’s Battles), Dave “Zeb” Cook (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition), Jeff Easley (Staff Artist, TSR, Inc.), Todd Fisher (Revolution & Empire), Matt Forbeck (Deadlands), Ernie Gygax (Gygax Magazine), Tim Kask (Dragon Magazine), Dave Kenzer (Hackmaster), James Lowder (Author, Prince of Lies), Frank Mentzer (Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set), Merle Rasmussen (Top Secret), Jim Ward (Gamma World), and Skip Williams (Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition).

The convention has partnered with Paizo’s Pathfinder Society and Catalyst Game Studios’ Shadowrun Missions, among others.  It’s likely to be a pretty good sized convention, with a lot of things to do and see – and of course, lots of gaming!

If you live in the Milwaukee area, this just might be the place to be in June.

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