A whole con for playing
Age of Steam.
200 maps, more food than you can eat,
and a bunch of other people who love playing Age of Steam as much as you do.

Over 200 Maps
If it has ever been published, it will be at Age of Steam Con. Any print-and-play or giveaway of note will be there too. If you want it, we'll have it.
XL
What if everything were twice as big? The map, the tiles, the wooden discs, the goods cubes, and even the goods-growth dice.

It's really big.
Free NEW Map
Everyone will get a free copy of the con map. We have a few candidates, but we are going to do a little playtesting before we announce what the map will be.
So Much Age of Steam
That is a lot of AoS. We won't hold it against you if you want to take a break every now and then. If you don't, you'll be able to play 12 games over the 3 day weekend.
7 and 8 player games
With all these AoS players around, it is easy to get some big games in on the normally-hard-to-fill 7 and 8 player maps like Netherlands and Central New England.
Rare Maps
Sharing, 20,000 Rails Under the Sea, and other hard to find maps.

No plastic trains, only wooden discs.
No 18XX
There are other Cons for that. Last year some fillers and Winsome's did get some play between Age of Steam games.
Beginners Welcome
There will be some people who have played AoS over 150 times. There will also be people who have played it a couple times. Everyone is welcome.
The People
Last year 31 people attended AoS Con. This year we are expecting around 40.

The great people are the biggest reason to come to AoS Con.
Pick Your Map
Before the convention, everyone gets to pick two maps that they want to make sure get played. And then we make sure we play them.
The Binder, The Spreadsheet, and The Drawer
There is a printed spreadsheet with abbreviated rules for every map, a binder with the full rules, and a giant file cabinet with all the maps. It doesn't sound that exciting as I type it out, but it is really a site to behold in person.
The Setup
What do you do when you're done playing? Just leave the game out. The next people who play on that table will be playing Age of Steam also.
The Food
I try to contain her, but my mother-in-law loves to cook. Officially she provides breakfast every day and one dinner. Unoffically, there is just a lot of of food around all the time.
The Location
This isn't a lame hotel ballroom. Plenty of space between tables, huge windows, and acres to explore outside if you want some fresh air.
Tables
BoardGameTables.com will be providing nice tables to play on during the convention.
Location
Hollis Renewal Center
11414 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66111
Age of Steam Con 2022 is at the same location as Age of Steam Con 2020 and 2021

Two adjacent large gaming rooms with lots of natural light, open 24-hours a day.

A large kitchen, which means my mother-in-law is going to be making a ton of snacks.

There are a few sleeping options on site, but they are already booked. There are plenty of hotels about 10 minutes away.

The Hollis Center is on 153 acres with several walking trails, but less than 10 minutes from The Legends Shopping Center with a ton of resturants, shops, and hotels. It is about 30 minutes from the airport.

We will have set up a Slack to help attendees coordinate carpools to/from airport and hotels, plan food runs, and coordinate non-AoS gaming.
Schedule
Thurs 4:00 PM
Pre-con
No real details yet. But a bunch of us will be hanging out. Finishing some last minute setup. Playing some games. Soup and chili provided.
Fri 8:30 AM
Breakfast
Breakfast casserole, homemade cinnamon rolls, and coffee.
Fri 9:00 AM
Game Session #1
Featuring: Rust Belt XL, a great intro for newer players.
Fri 12:30 PM
Game Session #2
Fri 3:45 PM
Home Cooked Meal
Roast, potatoes, pie. The works. Separate charge during registration.
Fri 5:00 PM
Game Session #3
Fri 8:30 PM
Game Session #4
Gaming room open 24 hours. You're free to keep playing after this session if you want.
SAT 8:30 AM
Breakfast
Biscuits and gravy, homemade cinnamon rolls, and coffee.
SaT 9:00 AM
Game Session #5
SAT 12:30 PM
Game Session #6
SAT 3:30 PM
Dinner on your own

We'll give you a list of good local resturants to try
SAT 5:30 PM
Game Session #7
SAT 9:00 PM
Game Session #8
SUN 8:30 AM
Breakfast
Breakfast burritos, homemade cinnamon rolls, and coffee.
SUN 9:00 AM
Game Session #9
SUN 12:30 PM
Game Session #10
SUN 3:45 PM
Catered BBQ
From a local favorite. Separate charge during registration.
SUN 5:00 PM
Game Session #11
SUN 8:30 PM
Game Session #12
Gaming room open 24 hours. You're free to keep playing after this session if you want.

Age of Steam Con keeps going strong all the way until the end. If you choose to stay in town until Monday, there will be plenty of gaming to keep you going Sunday night.
Volunteer
The attendees at Age of Steam Con have always been a huge help. The Con would not function without everyone stepping up and acting a little bit like hosts themselves.

This year we are going to formalize this process a little bit and ask attendees who are able to sign up to be responsible for some specific things. We really appreciate your help because we (Chad and Kevin) started this Con because we love playing Age of Steam. Your help allows us to stay free enough to run the Con and be able to enjoy it too.

Here are the jobs you can volunteer for:
  • Wednesday Loading - at BoardGameTables.com warehouse, 1pm - 3pm (2 people)
  • Wednesday Loading - at Kevin's, 7pm - 9pm (2 people)
  • Thursday Unloading and Setup - and furniture moving 1pm - 4pm (6 people)
  • Monday Loading - 9am - 11am (4 people)
  • Water Cooler - check it 4 times per day and refill as necessary (1 person)
  • Trash Duty - walk the room 4 times per day, encourage people to throw away their trash, pick up anything that people have accidentally forgotten about. Empty trash cans and take the bags outside. (1 person).
  • Coffee - Every night, fill the coffee pots and have them ready to be plugged-in the next morning. People get grumpy if their coffee is late. (1 person)
  • Map Assistant - You'll be the person people ask if they can't find a map, need help finding rules, etc. This is a job for someone who has been to AoS Con before. (1 person per day, 3 people total)
  • Registration - Keep your eye on the door. Make sure everyone gets their name tags. Explain the facility to people when they arrive. Must arrive by 3pm Thurs. (1 person)
  • Kay's Assistant - Kay is our cook, and my mother-in-law. She doesn't normally need any help from us, but if she does, you'll be the one. Check in with her every once and a while. Get things out of high cabinets. Help her carry stuff in from the car. Etc (1 person per day, 3 people total)
  • Misc - I'm sure we will come up with other things we need. Be the person we turn to for that. (1 person per day, 4 people total)

We will work out the details via email after you register.

 Join us on Sept 30 - Oct 2
Con registration is $70, includes breakfast and snack food.

Catered dinners can be purchased during the registration process.

We expect to sell out, so don't procrastinate.

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