Events & Conventions

Published: October 17, 2022

Jess C.

GameHole Con 2022

Gamehole Con 2022

The largest tabletop gaming convention in the upper Midwest

Get your game on at GameHole Con 2022, aka GameHole Con IX! This convention is near and dear to us, literally and figuratively. Located just a few minutes drive from our shop, the annual Gamehole Con convention takes place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.  We’ve been exhibiting at (and sponsoring) this convention for years, so we’re extra excited to return to this fantastic and expansive tabletop gaming event for its ninth year.


Thursday October 20 through Sunday October 23, 2022.



Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center
Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center

GameHole Con 2022 takes place at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall in Madison, WI. (Only 7 miles away from our castle in Fitchburg!)

The venue itself is one of the region’s truly premier convention facilities. The Clarion hotel is attached to the Alliant Energy Center via a heated walkway, and several others including The Madison Sheraton and Holiday Inn Express are less than one block away.

Our home here in the Madison area boasts an active, vibrant, and inclusive gaming community. Its a great locale full of activities, restaurants, concerts, natural beauty, and joie de vivre. Bonus, it’s usually not too cold yet in October. Perfect weather for costumes! Given Wisconsin’s long and storied history with table top games, Madison and the Alliant Energy Center are a natural choice for a location to gather friendly folks with a love of games.


What is Gamehole Con?

Gamehole Con IX 2022 logo featuring a red sea monster attacking a ship
GameHole Con 2022 Logo

Gamehole Con is all about tabletop gaming and all the fun that goes with it. The convention features role-playing games, board games, fantasy and historical miniature gaming. Gamehole Con is for the fantasy and adventure tabletop gaming enthusiast.

This convention features some of the best guests in the industry, an unbelievable Dealer Hall, Game Demo Row, publishers, artists, and of course, lots and lots of gaming! If you are a tabletop gaming fan, you don’t want to miss this convention.

What’s with that name?

You know how some people have a Man Cave, She-shed, or Me-Space?  Well, this convention prefers to have a GameHole. (Get your minds out of the gutter! Or don’t.) Named after the convention owner’s home game room, this is a space dedicated to gaming, where only gamers and nerds can be found. Its a safe environment in which to express your love of all things gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, and the pop culture icons that bring it all together.

The opening moments of the Gamehole Con Vendor Hall 2019 – its much bigger now!

Games & More at GameHole Con 2022

You can bet your pirate booty there will be loads of games, panels, shows, contests, and events. From D&D and other role playing games to miniature combat games, war games, board games, party games, kids games, True Dungeon adventures, and more, boatloads of games and demos will be available. Some require registration, others are walk up and play.

Costumes! This convention always takes place near Halloween, so both Halloween and other fantasy/scifi/gaming costumes are always welcomed, and even encouraged. We haven’t seen a confirmation of this event just yet, but there’s usually a costume contest, so get your game gear on and come dressed to impress judges.


Our booth

Come and say hi to NKG staff! We’ll be at a corner double booth in the main vendor hall along one of the walls.  Our booth will have new and vintage games for sale, plus gaming essentials and goodies like dice, miniatures, RPG books, and more. Free bonus goodies will be handed out, and coupons for our online or physical store will be handed out!

With Noble Knight’s main shop just a few miles down the road, its a hop skip and a jump to pick up anything you need. We will be restocking our booth daily to keep the selection fresh.

Noble Knight Games staff standing in a display booth surrounded by shelves of board games
Noble Knight Games’ booth setting up at GameHole Con 2021


This year’s exclusive plush

Gamehole Con's 2022 plushie, a blue Floomph stuffed toy
Gamehole Con 2022’s convention exclusive plush Floomph

One of the things yearly guests at Gamehole Con look forward to is the annual exclusive plushie mascot, the sales of which benefit the Extra Life charity!

This year’s is an adorable Floomph. Gamehole was kind enough to give us a preview sample of this little guy.





Update: Online ticket sales have now closed. You will be able to register on-site starting Thursday, October 20. Those who already pre-registered can pick up their badges beginning Wednesday, October 19th.

All badge types, including day badges, 4-day badges, VIG badges, and Patron badges went on sale as of  June.  Register and buy a Badge

Kids are welcomed! Children 8 and under can enjoy free admission to the convention if they are accompanied by a badge owning adult. However, kids 8 and under are still required to buy individual game tickets (where relevant) if they wish to participate in games. For more information, visit the GHC Attendance Policies

Note from GHC – At this time, proof of Covid-19 Vaccination or a laboratory/clinic administered negative test is required for all attendees of age 5 and older. Masks are optional. 



Gamehole Con is seeking volunteers! With the rapid growth combined with a skipped year with only virtual events, there is plenty to do. But many hands make light work. Volunteers will have the option of earning some if not all of their volunteer badge reimbursement time in the days leading up to the Con itself, by helping set up for the show, keep it running smoothly, and/or breaking it down at the end. This means more money stays in your pocket for having fun at the con!

Find out more about the compensation levels and various places where volunteers are most needed by visiting the GHC Volunteer Page.


Virtual Gamehole Con

Virtual Gamehole Con 2022

For those unable to attend the physical convention, there will be plenty of games running online as well! After the events of 2020 required a move to online games only, Gamehole Con jumped into action to prepare a virtual extravaganza. This year, Virtual Gameholecon 2.0 is back again with loads of online hosted games, online store and more.

Bonus for running a game: Everyone who submits at least one virtual game that gets approved and added to the virtual games lineup will receive a free Virtual Gameholecon badge.

Registration and tickets for the Virtual GHC are also available!



Stay informed

We’ll be sure to keep you posted here and on our social medias about all the fun taking place at Gamehole Con this year.

You can also join the GHC Discord Channel

Join the Gamehole Con Facebook Group

and of course, watch for updates at