EVENT LOCATION GUIDE
Check out all the major locations of the show with a brief description of each one.
Chess at the Midwest Gaming Classic!
T4Jersey Mike’s Subs
Everything about Jersey Mike’s is high quality. Our MSA Grade top round beef is trimmed and cooked right in the store. Our meats and cheeses are all top-quality premium brands. Our bread is fresh-baked each day on the premises. And of course, everything’s prepared right in front of you. It’s what makes Jersey Mike’s the most authentic-tasting submarine sandwich available, and it’s a tradition of quality we’ll never outgrow.
With a library of more than one thousand table top games to borrow, MilCog (or the Milwaukee Company of Gamers) has something fun for you to play with your friends! Pull up a chair and sit down at a table! Want help learning a new game? We’ll have staff on site to help teach you new things!
T3Music Go Round Jam Booth
Music Go Round Wisconsin is hosting a stage where YOU can pick up an instrument and jam! Have a song you really want to play, or do you just want to try out that cool guitar!? At our stage, you will be able to experience something familiar or new, and it is all used gear! Our stores in Greenfield and Kenosha offer a wide variety of used gear and we are always buying your used gear. Stop by our stage, be a friend, and get rockin’!
T7Slypatch Trading Card Games
Buy Magic, play Magic, talk Magic…BE MAGIC! Or, you Yu-Gi-Oh! Or, you Gotta Catch ’em All: Pokemon TCG!
Slypatch is your place to participate in Magic tournaments, play pick up games, and even learn how to play if you haven’t before! Play in the same spot (just in a new building!) as the game was revealed in 30 years ago!
Run by Slypatch Gaming.
T2Warpstorm Dungeons and Dragons
From the Birthplace of the “Game that Changed the World” come join Realms of Adventure with the very first role-playing game that has ignited the imaginations of millions of gamers around the world for five decades! No Experience Necessary!
We will teach you the basics of the original role-playing game and give you a taste of this collaborative storytelling game that relies more on teamwork and less on competition to win the day. Ever wonder what changed the face of tabletop and video gaming from the early days of Pong and Space Invaders into the magic of Legend of Zelda and the Elder Scrolls saga? Let us be your guide and companion through amazing lands and dread dungeons to battle monstrous foes, best deadly challenges and seize marvelous treasures to forge your own legend! Join The Dwarf, Wisconsin (Harold) Johnson, Eric Polster, and others on fast-paced and quick intro adventures in the endless Realms of Adventure.
Warhammer 40,000, the thrilling hobby of tabletop wargaming! The game is set in the grim darkness of the far future, where mighty armies clash on countless war-torn worlds and Humanity stands alone, beset on all sides by the threats of the heretic, the mutant and the alien. There is no mercy. There is no respite. Prepare yourself for battle.
Find an opponent, play with friends, watch or learn. All of that and more is possible with Warhammer 40K at MGC! Hang out and talk strategy, paint or learn to paint models, learn to play, or get lucky in a random giveaway. Run by Warpstorm Games & Lounge.
Learn More About Warhammer 40K at the MGC
Play the classic arcade game of Air Hockey thanks to Gold Standard Air Hockey! Try their skills on one of the professional air hockey tables that Gold Standard is bringing, learn new skills, or just play for fun!
C13Artemis Bridge Simulator
Immerse yourself in this starship bridge simulator. Artemis is free to try on preview night Friday! Sign up below for play on Saturday and Sunday.
C12Classic Tetris World Championship
Home of the Tetris World Championship Regional tournament, a 100 lines sprint Tetris tournament, and even a Hatris tournament! Stop by to compete or spectate!
Details available on the events pages:
Stop by the Bright Eyes Cosplay booth to learn more about Cosplay at the Midwest Gaming Classic and elsewhere! You can also sign up for the Saturday night Cosplay contest, and check in kids for our Cosplay Showcase on Sunday!
C6Deeplight LARP Adventure Room
Have you ever been curious about what it would be like to try and sneak around as a stealthy rogue and steal valuable treasures, or conquer the playing field as a strong and brave warrior? Maybe combat isn’t your thing, and you would like to dress up in your favorite garb and simply roleplay in person as a dashing bard or cunning merchant! Give it all a try in Deeplight LARP’s Adventure Room! We are looking for brave adventurers like yourself to run through a variety of Live Action Role-Play scenarios. Deeplight LARP will also be discussing how to get into Live Action Role-Playing, what to expect at events, and how to interact safely while immersing yourself in the Deeplight LARP world. If you’ve ever been curious to play some of your favorite characters in person with other players, this is where you can finally have that experience!
Hosted by Deeplight Larp
C1Guys Games and Beer
The fun-loving Guys, Games, and Beer podcast is a fantastic group of guys (and gals!) that get together to discuss games and beer! They love sharing their favorite games with people, whether it is classics you may know or extremely unique and one-of-a-kind things you may never see! Walk into the room, become part of the G2B family, and see what the fun is about!
C11Nostalgia Music and More’s Gaming Jukebox
Listen to music from your favorite video games at our specially built jukebox courtesy of our friends at Nostalgia Music & More in Waukesha!
C3Panels and Presentations
Home of MGC’s featured presentations and panels. Check the events page for the full schedule.
C8The Bitbuilt Experience
The BitBuilt Experience is people from BitBuilt and the Ben Heck Experience coming together to show you how they have hacked consoles to give them more functionality! Whether it is adding a composite out to a system like the Colecovision or finding a way to make a portable Atari 2600 using the original boards, this is a fun room to check out!
The incredible Menomonee Falls-based arcade the Garcade joins us and is throwing an EPIC bash! Featuring games, a DJ, and a friendly competition, come celebrate the Garcade with them! Can’t wait? Visit the Garcade in Menomonee Falls today to play over 175 games for one price!
C2Think Quick Escape Room
Think Quick Events is excited to be bringing its escape room experience to the Midwest Gaming Classic 2023! This year, players are being sent to Battle Island and entered into the island’s Trading Card Game Tournament to win the ultimate prize! But, the winning cards are locked away by numerous traps and puzzles! Gather your friends together to find all of the missing cards you need before the Grand Master banishes you to The Dark Realm!
Tickets are $25 per person, with a max of 6 people per group. Buy your tickets early and save $5! Register for your early tickets below, or come see us at our table for more information!
C9Video Game Sage
Video Game Sage is a website dedicated to all things retro gaming and is excited to be hosting a room at Midwest Gaming Classic. At VideoGameSage.com you can work on your collection, participate in challenges, buy and sell video games, or just hang out and chat with people who love gaming, classic to current gen. Stop by the VGS room and play games from the past or some of the newest homebrew creations for the NES.
C5Wolfheim Boffer Room
Wield foam weapons and head to the Wolfheim Boffer Room to challenge friends and friends you haven’t met yet to armed (foam) combat! Or receive training from seasoned boffer veterans to learn how to properly, um, boff.
Wolfheim is a part of the Amtgard foam combat society. We are a fast-paced foam fighting group with a magic system intermixed. Come join us for a combat demonstration and learn more about our game and where to find your nearest local park!
M7American Pinball Main Stage
The American Pinball Main Stage features entertainment, our famous Saturday night Cosplay Contest and the epic MGC After Party (additional ticket required)!
Check out the work of established and up-and-coming artists in our Artist Alley section!
V3Bonus Stage: Gaming Discussions
Join Seth “Tiger Chainsaw” Newman as he hosts tons of different great gaming conversations with tons of different topics throughout the day! This stage is a free flowing stage that allows for audience participation and nuanced conversations about all the things you want to know, or didn’t know that you should know!
V5Brew City Wrestling
Pro-wrestling returns to the Midwest Gaming Classic, courtesy of Brew City Wrestling! Shows at noon and 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
Milwaukee’s own mobile arcade returns to the Wisconsin Center! CARCADE arrives #PARKandPLAY your favorite games with its go-anywhere entertainment system perfect for birthday parties, tailgating, company events, and more!
MGC merch booth – where you can live out your dreams and dance the night away! Actually, you know what? Please don’t do that. But DO shop for exclusive Midwest Gaming Classic merchandise including limited edition items that can only be purchased at the show!
M2Featured Artist Alley
Find all of our featured artists in this special featured artist alley. Shop, chat with your favorite artists, or just browse and marvel at all the great works!
HUNGRY MEANS HUNGRY! Let me ask you something, brother… are ya hungry? Are you un-justifiably in a position of hunger you’d rather not be in? Well let me tell you something brother, the Wrasslin’ Food Court has more to offer than PRESIDENT DAN LOOSEN THINKS THAT ITS GOT, BROTHER! We got THE CREAM OF THE CROP of food vendors ready to rumble with your hunger and feed it into submission, yeah! And NOBODY’S GONNA STOP YOU, BROTHER! Not the wrestlers battling it out in the ring next to you, not Dankey Kang, not the president of the Midwest Gaming Classic, and not even SHIGERU MIYAMOTO HIMSELF WILL STOP YOU FROM EATING WHATEVER YOU WANT, BROTHER, OOOOOOHH YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
CAN YOU SMEELLLLLLLL WHAT JERSEY MIKE’S IS COOKING? NO? THAT MIGHT BE DUE TO THEM BEING DOWN ON THE FIRST FLOOR! (In the Palm Garden outside Tabletop)
M4Game Show Stage
If you ever wanted to participate in a game show where video games were featured, this is the stage you’ll want to be at! Check out acts like BATSU!, the MEGA GAME CHALLENGE, and other things that we don’t spell with caps lock on like video game tournaments, comedians, and more!
Home of the Midwest Pinball Championship!
M5Roman’s Qualifying Coliseum
Roman’s Qualifying Coliseum is where you compete in your qualifying rounds for several console games. Jason Roman is a game lover, and realtor who can help you find a new home that will have enough space for your entire gaming collection. Find them on Facebook.
Over 100,000 square feet of gaming goodness! Whatever you are looking for – from games and systems to shirts, toys, machine parts, costume pieces, and so much more – find it among our 100+ vendors from all over the country! Remember, if you pre-ordered tickets, you get into the vendor hall 30 minutes early on Saturday, and for VIG, it’s an HOUR early on Saturday!
Want to be a vendor at MGC? Sign up here!
American Pinball Booth
American Pinball is a company whose sole mission is to provide the highest quality pinball machines in the world that appeal to the collector, the pinball player, as well as the commercial operator. Designer and Manufacturer of International HIT Pinball Games such as Houdini / Oktoberfest / Hot Wheels / and Legends of Valhalla.
G7Arcade Manufacturers Showcase
See all the latest and greatest coin-op and home arcade games from the biggest manufacturers including Stern Pinball, American Pinball, Raw Thrills, Spooky Pinball, Chicago Gaming, Skee-Ball, Jersey Jack Pinball, and many others! Then, find out how to bring your favorite game to your home or arcade from the manufacturers and distributors on site!
G4Classic Gaming and Computing Museum
The Computing and Gaming Museum is one of the centerpieces of the Midwest Gaming Classic! Check out hundreds of different consoles from Pong to the PS5 and everything in between! Discover the joys of early computers, share the fun of hit games from the past, and check out the present of video games in the home! Best of all? Unlike a museum where you can just look, in the Computing and Gaming Museum, it’s almost all playable too!
Try out the classics of the future from various developers of all sizes! From VR to console, Steam to mobile, you might be the first to check out tomorrow’s hot new game!
Are you a developer? Register here to show your games at MGC.
G1Future Classics Stage presented by JLS Gaming
The Future Classics section features brand new games, game information, and FUN from developers and manufacturers of pinball machines, arcade games, new consoles, Steam, and even retro consoles like the NES! The Future Classics stage will allow those developers to share their ideas and concepts with one another and YOU, so you can learn about how the industry works now and in the future! Sponsored by JLS Gaming!
G8Game Center Arcade
When the show opens, so does the largest arcade in Wisconsin! Featuring hundreds of arcade video and pinball machines, this is a room that you don’t want to miss!
Interested in bringing a machine to share and getting awesome rewards? Click THIS!
G3Game Together MKE
Check out Game Together MKE, the local LAN-maker who can helps you host your own video game LAN party for you and your friends! They’ll bring in and set up all of the games, equipment, tables and chairs, and you just play! Speaking of just playing, that’s what they’ll be doing at the Midwest Gaming Classic, just playing on both Halo 4 and Call of Duty Black Ops LANs throughout the show! Stop by and check them out!
G6KingPin Kiddie Ride Menagerie
Ever wanted to pick up a kiddie ride for your kids, the neighborhood kids, or just for yourself? If so, KingPin Games can help! Buy a kiddie ride from them, get free delivery at the show, as well as all the benefits of game bringing like free two day show tickets and a ticket to the after party! Contact Chris at KingPin at (608) 393-2299 for current inventory and pricing!
G9Replica Movie Cars
Check out all the replica movie cars made by enthusiasts at the Midwest Gaming Classic! Whether you’re looking to travel back in time, bust some heads (metaphorically speaking), discover if something has survived, party on, or if you want to see a talking car, we might have just the thing!