Time and Location
Con of the Rings 2023 will take place September 29-October 1. As usual, it will take place at a reserved event space at Gamezenter in Roseville, Minnesota. Gamezenter is the premier place to game in the upper Midwest. It features a full kitchen, craft beer on tap, an extensive game library, and most importantly, a spacious event area that has been reserved for us Lord of the Rings players. The convention hours are as follows:
- Friday, September 29th: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Saturday, September 30th: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- An off-site party will follow Saturday evening from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Sunday, October 1st: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
NOTE: All times listed are subject to change due to the Gamezenter hours of availability.
1975 County Road B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Please visit our News section for updates about the convention.
Travel and the Surrounding Area
The convention takes place in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, 9.5 miles from the state capitol and 8 miles from downtown Minneapolis. The nearest airport is the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airpot (MSP), located approximately 20 miles away from the convention. MSP is a major hub for Delta and Sun Country airlines.
There is no direct mass transit link between the airport and the convention location. Travel by rental car, taxi, or ride service is simple and efficient.
For those who want to visit downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul there are electric train lines (Blue Line / Green Line) that run directly from the airport into the cities. For further mass transit information, visit MetroTransit.
If you’re looking for some great thing to do in the area, please check out our community’s “Guide to the Twin Cities“.
The convention is adjacent to several reasonable motels and hotels. Con of the Rings recommends the DoubleTree Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North, which we have set up a hotel block with. The DoubleTree is within walking distance to the event, about .5 miles / .8 km, and includes breakfast vouchers. Here is the online reservation for the hotel block. [NOTE: the start and end dates can be edited, the block rate is good for any dates within the listed Sep 27 – Oct 3]
Signature Event: Group Extravaganza
Have you ever wanted to battle the forces of Mordor by land and by sea? Join the fellowship and we shall wage war together!
Over the course of Con of the Rings, all attendees are encouraged to work together to complete two entire game cycles plus several print-on-demand quests. Teams will strive to complete quests that the larger fellowship has not yet defeated in order to chip away at this monumental task. Do not fret, you can come and go from the fellowship as you please throughout the weekend.
Teams will not be working in isolation! A central board will track the defeat of each quest. All attendees may gaze into the Palantír and know how the greater campaign is faring. There will be specific times where any interested will work together to overcome the most perilous quests in the extravaganza. These “climactic quests” will have a set start time to increase camaraderie among the fellowship.
The ultimate goal is to defeat all 20 quests as a collective. However, our children will tell campfire tales that fondly remember those whose cunning, bravery, and foolhardiness shone the brightest. Groups that succeed in fighting back the forces of Sauron throughout the quests while accomplishing specific achievements shall be rewarded! Those rewards include a bard song and, more importantly, entries into regular drawings for amazing prizes.
Swag, Prizes, and Merchandise
Each attendee who purchases a ticket will receive a gift for attending, designed and manufactured specifically for the event. This “swag” cannot be purchased anywhere else and you will not want to miss out. If there are extra copies of swag at the convention’s conclusion, Con of the Rings staff will sell these to attendees Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the swag, each attendee who purchases a ticket
Regarding prize drawings, every few hours Con of the Rings staff will randomly select a number of winners. The winners will be able to pick a prize from the expansive prize pool. Prizes may include gift cards to Gamezenter, nightmare packs, playmats, alternate-art heroes, and much, much more. Attendees must be present at the time of the drawing to win.
Con of the Rings also features other incredible events: (More information to come for this year!)
- Draft Play: A unique draft format will be available all weekend, in which 2-4 players can easily create draft decks via
device and then try out their new decks on any quest that’s available. If you want to help the community build out the card pool for this draft, head over to our draft page for more information. mobile
- Off-Site Party: There will be space reserved at a local establishment on Saturday evening for everyone to enjoy a night out with food, drink, and party games late into the night.
- Gamezenter Library: If a break from Lord of the Rings is needed, feel free to peruse the Gamezenter’s vast collection of 400+ games and choose one to play with other attendees.
- Attendee-run events: Attendees will be running their own events in this space, some directly related to LOTR
:LCG, some not. If you would like permission and space to run an event, please email the team.
Community Visitor’s Guide
One of our very own Con members, @nbonnem, has created an amazing visitor’s guide to the Twin Cities which you can check out here.
Guidelines for Attendees
- All attendees are customers of the Gamezenter and all customer guidelines apply. This includes NO outside food or drink or third-party transactions.
- The convention planning team reserves the right to remove an attendee for 1) violating any local laws or facility rules, 2) failing to comply with the instructions of convention or Gamezenter staff, 3) endangering the physical or emotional safety of oneself or others, 4) threatening, stealing, cheating, or harassing others, or 5) failing to follow common-sense guidelines for mature conduct. When in doubt, conduct yourself as Samwise Gamgee would.
- On Friday, the Gamezenter lot is very full to accommodate Asmodee North America employees, so please park across the street in the Salvation Army overflow lot as needed. On Saturday and Sunday, please park in the Gamezenter lot, paying very close attention to the signs. The parking lot can be confusing, and we owe
isto the Gamezenter and its neighborsto be good patrons. Please double-check your parking spot.