• Hotel and Travel Information

      Nexus Game Fair is excited return summer gaming to downtown Milwaukee this year at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee! We now have more convention space, as well as even greater room capacity.

      Hotel Information

      Nexus Game Fair has secured a very competitive rate of $89/night for our show attendees booking rooms in our block. Parking is available for $13/day in the attached Federal garage.

      If you wish to book your room with the hotel directly, please call (414) 276-1234, or use the following link for online reservations. Be sure to make your reservation early, as last year the hotel was sold out!

      Travel Information

      The Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is located at 333 West Kilbourn Avenue, and is just a few minutes from I-43 and I-94/794. If you are driving, there are several nearby parking lots available, including two attached garages, and several ground lots. Additional parking information will be made available soon.

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      Dealers & Exhibitors

      Nexus Game Fair hosts a robust Dealer Hall, with over 5,000 square feet of space allocated. Our Dealer Hall was sold out in 2015 and we're looking to expand it for 2016. If you are interested in being an dealer at Nexus Game Fair, please contact us soon as space is limited and not expected to last.

      Sponsors & Advertisers

      Currently, we have a small number of opportunites for show sponsorship and program guide advertising. We produce a full color, professional program guide, which is distributed at no cost to all of our attendees. Please contact us for additional information on these programs.

      Future Dates

      Mark your calendars! Nexus Game Fair is already booked for Memorial Day Weekends in 2017 and 2018:

      May 26-29, 2017
      May 25-28, 2018

    • Show Information

      This year's show runs from 8am on Friday, May 27th, until 6pm on Monday, May 30th, 2016. Badge registration is open now and badges may be purchased by clicking on the registration link. Be sure to register for a new account, if you haven't done so already, in order to receive important updates.

      Show Hours
      This year's show hours are:
      Friday:8am to 2am
      Saturday:8am to 2am
      Sunday:8am to 2am
      Monday:8am to 6pm
      On site registration is available Thursday from 3pm to 7pm, Friday through Sunday from 7am until 7pm, and Monday from 7am until 3pm.

      Dealer Hall Hours
      This year's dealer hall hours are: Friday:4pm to 6pm
      Saturday:11am to 6pm
      Sunday:11am to 6pm
      Our dealer list will be made available in April, 2016.

      Gamemaster Rewards
      Are you a hard-working Gamemaster? We promise to show you the respect you deserve and will take pride in hosting your events. We have a generous Gamemaster rewards program and offer an on site concierge service with free snacks and drinks!

      Board Game Library
      Do you like board games? Did you know that at Nexus Game Fair, you will have access to one of the largest board game libraries in the United States? The Milwaukee Company of Gamers (MilCoG) is bringing their board game library with over 1,500 titles! The library is free to our attendees.

      Important & Upcoming Dates

      January 31, 2016 Last day for Early Bird Badge Pricing March 27, 2016 The Event Catalog is Released
      April 17, 2016 Cut-off date for Events listed in the Program Guide April 24, 2016 Event Registration Begins

      Convention Volunteers

      If you are interested in helping out with the daily show operations and can contribute at least 8 hours over the course of the show, then we would like to discuss opportunities for you in this area. Our convention volunteers are eligible for a free badge, a volunteer swag bag plus discounts on convention souvenirs. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for additional information.

      Hotel & Dealer Information

      Looking to stay on site? Interested in selling at the show?

    • Sign Up For Updates

      Are you interested in updates on Nexus Game Fair? An easy way to get updates is to Like our Facebook page or follow our Twitter feed (links are at the bottom of this page). Also, please be sure to create an account on our registration website using your current email address. We have begun to send regular newsletters to our attendees with important show information and updates.

      If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or if you want to join our team, please feel free to use the Contact Us form to your right to send us a message.

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    • Our Mission

      Our Show
      Nexus Game Fair is a multi-genre game convention destined to bring summer gaming back to the city of Milwaukee. Our mission is to run a convention that focuses on optimizing the attendee experience by giving them a full schedule of the best possible events.

      Our Story
      Nexus Game Fair is the collaborative effort of a group of gamers from all walks of life. Our growing team of organizers has a myriad of backgrounds, educations, day jobs and gaming experience. We came together to address what we perceived as a growing lack of concern about the attendee gaming experience at larger game conventions.

      The Future
      The future of table top gaming is uncertain as video game consoles and computer games continue to proliferate and increasingly dominate the free time of so many. Nexus Game Fair hopes to ignite the passion for table top gaming in the next generation of gamers.

    • Badge Information

      Nexus Game Fair offers several types of badges, in an effort to meet all of our attendees' needs.

      Standard Badge Package
      Our standard badge package includes the following: 1) 4-Day Badge
      2) Nexus lanyard/badge holder
      3) Deluxe program guide
      4) 2016 Souvenir Die
      5) 2016 Souvenir Stadium Cup

      Premier Badge Package
      Our Premier Badge Package includes everything in our standard badge package plus: 6) Deluxe Nexus Badge Holder
      7) Exclusive Convention T-Shirt
      8) Set of 2016 Souvenir Dice
      This special package was only available until April 30, 2016!

      One Day Badges
      Our 1-day badge pricing is as follows: Friday:$25
      Our 1-day badges come with a lanyard, program guide, and stadium cup.

      Magic Badges
      This year, we are offering badges exclusively for our Magic: the Gathering players who wish to compete in our various tournaments. The price for a Magic Badge will be $20, and will allow the player to compete in any and all events that day. These badges are only available for on site purchase.

      Event Fees

      At Nexus Game Fair, all standard events are included with your badge purchase and are available for no additional fee.


      Do you like to compete in Magic: the Gathering? Catan? Star Wars X-Wing? This year Nexus will be offering several exciting tournaments with great prizes. A tournament pass will be required in order to compete in these premium events.

      Don't miss out on the 2016 Milwaukee Open! This Magic: the Gathering tournament has several events over the course of our show with over $3,000 in prizes. You won't want to miss this!

    • 2016 Milwaukee Open - A Magic: The Gathering Tournament Series

      Nexus Game Fair is excited to continue to host its Magic: the Gathering tournament series, the 2016 Milwaukee Open. Five tournaments in three days, with a total prize pool of over $3,000!*

      Friday Night Magic Saturday Morning Saturday Night Sunday Morning
      Format: Standard Format: Modern Format: Sealed Deck Format: Vintage
      Registration: 5:30pm Registration: 9:30am Registration: 5:30pm Registration: 9:30am
      Seating: 6:00pm Seating: 10:00am Seating: 6:00pm Seating: 10:00am
      Swiss, Cut to Top 8 Swiss, Cut to Top 8 Swiss, Cut to Top 8 Swiss, Cut to Top 8
      And for more casual tournament play, don't miss our Commander Tournament Sunday night!
      * Prizes based upon 64 player minimum in Standard/Modern, and 32 players in Sealed/Vintage.


      This year, Nexus features it first ever Hearthstone tournament! In addition to casual play (fireside events), you may bring your own device to play in our two free Hearthstone tournaments!

      Catan National Qualifier

      This year, Nexus is pleased to host a qualifer for the Catan National Championships! The winner will receive an all expense paid trip to Gen Con 2015!

      Asmodee Tournaments

      We have prize tournaments scheduled for the following games by Asmodee:

      More Special Events

      More special events will be added soon!

    • 2016 Milwaukee Open - A Magic: The Gathering Tournament Series

      Nexus Game Fair is excited to continue to host its Magic: the Gathering tournament series, the 2016 Milwaukee Open. Five tournaments in three days, with a total prize pool of over $3,000!*

      Friday Night Magic Saturday Sunday Prizes Each Event
      Format: Standard Format: Modern Format: Legacy 1st: $150 plus 48 boosters
      Registration: 5:30pm Registration: 9:30am Registration: 9:30am 2nd: $50 plus 36 boosters
      Seating: 6:00pm Seating: 10:00am Seating: 10:00am Prizes to 8th Place
      Swiss, Cut to Top 8 Swiss, Cut to Top 8 Swiss, Cut to Top 8
      *Prizes based upon 64 player minimum in each event.

      Silent Auction & Math Trade

      Have games collecting dust on your shelves? Looking to add something new to your collection? This year at Nexus, be sure to bring your extra games to sell in the Silent Auction, or bring some extra cash to see what deals can be found. If you're an avid games trader, be sure to check out our Board Game Geek math trade!

      Super Lego Roborally

      Be sure to carve out some time on Sunday to stop by and see Super Lego Roborally! This huge event uses giant size lego robots to play the classic board game.

      Super Lego Roborally

      Be sure to carve out some time on Sunday to stop by and see Super Lego Roborally! This huge event uses giant size lego robots to play the classic board game.

      The Tower of Gygax

      Are you ready to strap on your sword and shield 'Old School' style? Can you survive a dungeon of old school gaming played at its finest: fast and furious with horrible enemies and deadly traps lurking behind every door? The Tower of Gygax event runs all weekend, stop by any time to join the massacre!

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      Jay Little is an award-winning game designer and hobby game industry veteran--a professional geek. Jay has experience designing and developing a wide variety of card games, board games, and roleplaying games. He also teaches game design and design foundations ...

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      Steve Fratt

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      Harold Johnson

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    • Hotel Map & Contact Information

      Hyatt Regency Milwaukee Downtown
      333 West Kilbourn Street
      Milwaukee, WI 53203

      Telephone: (414) 276-1234
      Fax: (414) 270-6120
      Hyatt Regency Reservation Link

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