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Updated August 11th, 2017

Vending and Advertising at Con of the North 2018

Vendor Spaces

We are now accepting applications for Vendor space for Con of the North 2018! Vendors will be located around the perimeter of the Regency Ballroom, which is the convention's largest event space. The ballroom is open during convention hours: Friday - Noon to 2 a.m.; Saturday - 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Vendors do not need to be open for all convention hours listed. No one is permitted to stay in the room after the doors are locked for the night.

Application Process

We will have a priority window during which vendors submit applications. When this window closes, vendors will be reviewed and selected based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, (and in no particular order):

  • Vendor/product type and match to the convention.
  • Amount of space requested and match to available space.
  • History of vending with the convention.

Priority will be given to vendors who have also submitted scheduled games by the event submission deadline.

Once selections have been made, vendors will be contacted and the payment window will open. After the payment deadline, unpaid space will be forfeit, and any remaining open space will be made available for application.

Selection Timeline

  • July 1, 2017: Vendor Priority Application window opens
  • September 1, 2017: Vendor Priority Application window closes
  • September 15, 2017: Vendors contacted regarding selection, payment window opens
  • September 25, 2017: Event submission deadline (for vendors who wish to run scheduled games)
  • January 5, 2018: Payment window closes; unpaid spaces are forfeit
  • January 6, 2018: Remaining available space available for application
  • February 9, 2018: All vendor processes closed

Note: All spaces will be assigned by Con of the North 2018. While we make every attempt to accommodate requests, we reserve the right to schedule space in the way that best serves the needs of the convention.

Please see the Vendor Information and Application Packet for more details, options, and 2018 rates.

Each vendor space include a rectangular table (6' x 2.5'), wall space behind it, and 2 convention badges. The deadline for reserving vendor tables is September 30, 2017.

Cost: $100 per space.

Vendor Space Form - Fill this out and send it back with your payment to reserve your Vendor Space(s)!

If you have any questions about vendor spaces, email the Vendor Liaison.

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Events Book Ads

We are offering advertising space in our Events Book for Con of the North 2018. The convention will run February 16 – 18, 2018, for its 26th consecutive year. Last year, we had over 1,300 paying attendees

Our pages are 8.5 wide x 11 tall. We prefer to have camera-ready art if you have it available, but will accept other electronic formats. If you do not have a pre-made ad or need exact formatting requirements, please contact Publications, at info@conofthenorth.org for assistance.

  • Artwork for the page ad and payment should be received no later than October 13, 2017 in order to be printed in the Events Book.
  • Inserts provided to Con of the North 2018 prior to October 13,2017 will be included inside the Events Book mailing packet.
  • After October 13, only Inserts will be accepted and will be included in the Attendee packets are due by January 14, 18.

Advertisements will not be reserved without payment in full, and must be purchased on or before the deadlines listed above. Space is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thank you for your time and consideration. When emailing, please include “CotN Advertising” in the subject line. Please email artwork to Publications at info@conofthenorth.org.

Please pay by check or money order (payable to Con of the North 2018). Mail this form and your payment to:

Con of the North 2018
PO Box 20092
Bloomington, MN 55420

Events Book Advertising Form - If you'd like to advertise in our Events Book, please fill out this form and send it back to us.

Flyer Stuffing

Flyer Stuffing for Con of the North 2018 is not currently available. Please check back next year!

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Adam's Apple Games, LLC
Creates indy designer board games bubbling with theme yet packed with strategy.

Atlas Games
We publish primarily card games (Gloom, Once Upon a Time, Three Cheers for Master) as well as a few role-playing games.

Big Soft D
Specializing in Handmade Geekery mostly in the form of stuffed dice and dice shaped bags. I work with a variety of fabrics and take custom orders.

Black Belt Beads
Handmade bead wall art, coasters, magnets, jewelry, 3D models, collectibles and more!

Brass Dog Games
Publishers of recent Kickstarter successes Take a Penny and Poisoner's Pour.  We will have more games to show off at our booth as well as demos running all weekend of our upcoming games.

Chip Theory Games
Focused on publishing board games to promote learning, creative thinking, and family fun! From custom dice to neoprene mats to 12.5g chips, CTG will always feature games with premium components and gameplay. Come Play our award-winning squad tactic game, Hoplomachus - as well as our latest dice-builder, Too Many Bones!

Fight in a Box
Tiny local publisher of End of the Line: Post-Apocalyptic Family Survival and Squirrel or Die. Come swing by the booth and experience the inevitable Machine Revolt and what's coming next from these peddlers of mayhem.

FloodGate Games
We publish tabletop games with immersive themes and deep, rewarding gameplay. Come by and see our upcoming 2017 release-- Sagrada: A Game of Dice Drafting and window Crafting.

Great Northern Games
Local game company who produces Crowns and Axes as well as Noble Treachery.

Lady Dragon's Treasures
Handmade bead jewelry for all to wear.  Custom orders made on site if time allows.

Leder Games
Vast is a highly asymmetric game where everyone plays a different victory condition and with a different set of rules.

Level Up Games
Board games featuring demos and an open play D&D table.

Lone Knight Games
A simultaneous play, fast paced, tactical dueling card game with amazing art.  Our newest project from Lone Knight Games.

Long and Short of It: Wargaming and Miniatures
Custom terrain, custom miniatures, and extras for any gamer.

Midwest Miniature Guy
Custom painted miniatures for wargames, roleplaying games, and display.

Ozgur Sahin
I am a local award-winning author of historical pirate fiction and would be selling hardcover novels and related merchandise.

Prolific Games
Two guys who love publishing games, playing games, and making friends along the way.  Publishers of Flapjacks & Sasquatches, Cultists & Cthulhu, Pack Wars, and Witch Slapped!

Sage Moon Arts
Original and fan art paintings, along with individual drawn pins, magnets, and necklaces. Replica swords made of wood and paper, hand stitched critters.

The Source Comics and Games
Games will be demoed during open vending room hours.  Come and learn new games and meet new friends!


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Advertisers and Con Supporters

First Minnesota Historical Wargaming Society
First Minnesota Historical Wargaming Society is the oldest board gaming group in the Twin Cities area. We play war games, train games, Euro games and other strategic board games. We meet every Friday at the Source at 7pm. We also host special events. Our website is www.firstmn.org.

Chess & Strategy Game Association
The Chess & Strategy Game Association (CSGA) exists to provide opportunities for young players to get together to learn new games, strategies, and tactics at open events and competitions.  We also promote a growing community of chess and strategy game players that value learning and fun through playing games that foster creativity, analysis, socialization, fair play, mental challenges, and connectedness.  We play chess and so much more! Find us at csgame.org.

Interphaze LLC
Interphaze is a LARP (live action roleplay) company specializing in high quality, family friendly LARP events. We are based in the Twin Cities and hold several events per year in a variety of locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  We pride ourselves on providing fun opportunities for combat, political intrigue, and adventure for all ages and skill levels.

Lady Dragon's Treasures
Where every good Dungeon Master gets his treasures. Handmade bead jewelry for all to wear.  Custom orders made on-site if times allows.

Maximum Overdrive
Maximum Overdrive is a small group of gamers dedicated to miniature gaming and creating terrain worlds for the miniatures to play in.

Prolific Games
A Minnesota company doing its best to blend fun, family, friends & gaming into a position of AWESOMENESS!

The Saint Paul Area Road Knights is the Twin Cities' leading Car Wars club.  We are keeping the design rules alive!

Saturday Night Space Opera
At least one Saturday a month, we get together to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, use the force, find the droids, guard the galaxy, and master the universe! We're nonprofit tabletop game group based in the Twin Cities. Check out our roleplaying and board game event listings at www.SaturdayNightSpaceOpera.com. Everyone is welcome!

Real-Time Enterprises
Providing computer network support, cloud migration & consulting services for Linux, Mac OS & Windows and in this case… Open Source network games at Con of the North 2018.

Tekumel Track
Our mission is to promote the fantasy world of Tekumel through roleplaying games and miniatures. Tekumel is a fantasy world created by M.A.R. Barker and first published by TSR Hobbies in 1975. It was the first complete RPG setting published. Instead of the typical medieval fantasy setting based on European mythology, Tekumel is based on the mythologies of India, the Middle East, and Mezo-America.

Terrain Specialties
Terrain Specialties makes high quality war gaming terrain and has been hosting a wide variety of miniatures games and events at Con of the North 2018 since 1995.  In addition to having run the popular Con of the North 2018 Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader Tournament for its first 15 years, Terrain Specialties has also hosted specialty events such as the Con of the North 2018 Painting Contest and Speed Painting.

Wright County Geeks
Wright County Geeks is a group of dedicated and devoted geeks, nerds, dorks and all around great people! We're in it for the sci-fi and fantasy, the movies, books, games and everything that goes with our favorite genre of entertainment.

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Event Sponsors

Vendors and advertisers are invited to run and/or sponsor games during the convention. This is a great way to connect with the local gaming community. Please see the Judging page for more details about options.

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