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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Official Announcement!

From our Founder, Brad Johnson:

I'm happy to announce the 7th annual Ludophilia Boardgames and Craft Beer Fest!   Read on for some important details....

For any of you who have missed it until now, Ludophilia is the name we've given to our annual 4-day boardgaming (and craft beer sharing) extravaganza in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago!   It's much too friendly and informal to be called a "convention".  It's just an excuse for friends and friends-of-friends to get together in a large-ish hotel conference room with a few hundred board games and have the chance to strategize, socialize, and relax uninterrupted.  Everyone brings favorite games (and beverages) to share, and then it's open house at the hotel Thursday through Sunday!  Set up your own lodging plans if you want to stay overnight, and everyone is mostly responsible for their own food and drink.

The weekend for Ludophilia VII will be Thursday, May 18th through Sunday, May 21st, 2017.  Please mark your calendars NOW!  I'll be sending out a few reminders and additional information as the time draws nearer.  

We typically play from 8:00am until midnight-ish Thursday through Saturday, but we'll most likely be packing up around lunch time on Sunday.

We're moving back to Crystal Lake, at the Country Inn and Suites, 600 Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake, IL  60014.  Phone: 815-477-3500.  We're in their largest conference room, the Lincoln Room, slightly bigger than last year's room.  Also, more tables and chairs, so we won't be fighting for table space like we were last year.

If you will be staying at the hotel as I will, you can call 815-477-3500 or 800-830-5222 for reservations, or look online at  Be sure to ask for the room block for "Ludophliia" for a special rate of $98+tax.

Once again, I'll be keeping the admission cost for everyone the same as it's been: $10 per person per day. This is strictly to cover our costs. If we collect the same amount as we have the last 2 years, we should be able to cover the cost of the room within our buffer.

You can start registering now by sending check or cash to me at :
Brad Johnson
1517 Driftwood Lane
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

So send just $30 now for full access to the entire 4-day weekend!  I can also accept cash and check during the con, but booking early is the best way to make sure we keep this thing running.

More details will follow!  Please keep watching your email and our blog (to be up soon) at

I sincerely hope that you all can make it to Ludophilia VII, May 18-21, 2017.  Whether you can come for one day or the whole weekend, I think you'll find it to be a good time.  It's been really excellent for the last 6 years with so many fun people coming from all over the country (and Canada!) for some focused boardgaming!  If you have any questions or you'd just like to let me know your plans, please don't hesitate to email!  Also, if you have a friend whom you'd like me to add to the invitation and notification email list, please send me their contact information!

See you in May!


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