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Con of the North
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Rick Tanner
Updated February 21st, 2017

Welcome to Con of the North!

Con of the North is the Twin Cities' longest running games convention, run by an all-volunteer organization dedicated to bringing you the best in gaming every year! The 25th annual Con of the North is February 17-19, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West. For more information about our convention, visit the About Con of the North page.

Upcoming Events

Date and Time Event Where
February 2017
Weekend of February 17-19 Con of the North 2017 Crowne Plaza
Minneapolis West
March 2017
March 11
Elections Crowne Plaza
Minneapolis West
March 11
2 PM
After Con review Crowne Plaza
Minneapolis West
Go to complete timeline and Meeting Notes.


February 14, 2017 - Games with Available Tickets Updated
Most current list of games with available Tickets and Alternate Tickets.

February 13, 2017 - Updated Errata Available
Updated as of Feb-13-2017 event Errata in PDF format now available.

February 13, 2017 - Games with Available Tickets Available
A list of games, listed by time slot, with available Tickets and Alternate Tickets is now available.

February 6, 2017 - Updated Start time for Ticket Pulling Party
Start is 12:00 PM instead of 2:00 PM.

February 6, 2017 - Updated Errata Available
Updated event Errata in PDF format now available, corrected game time for Wizard's Critters: "Wish you were here!"

January 31, 2017 - Event Errata Available
Event Errata in PDF format with all the currently available corrections, new events, cancellations, game description updates, time slot changes and location updates is now available.

January 30, 2017 - Hotel accommodations and Parking Information Updates!
Due to the Crowne Plaza room space filling up last week, we have set up a Hotel Shuttle (pdf) to make getting to nearby hotels easier for our attendees. Additional parking information and map (pdf) for the surrounding area.

January 5, 2017 - Live Event Selection is now Open!
For those of you who preregistered, live event selection is now open at https://registration.conofthenorth.org

For an explanation of how the event selection process works, please look at Phase 2 of our write up (now with screenshots!).

Have fun filling out the rest of your schedule!

REMINDER: If you have any specific questions about registration or your event selections, please Do Not message us on Facebook. We cannot direct the questions to the correct departments from there. Please email the Con at info@conofthenorth.org

January 4, 2017 - Online Registration is Closed:
To clarify, now that online registration is closed, the on-site registration is the only option going forward for attending CotN 2017.

Updated information on Event Tickets and Phase 1 - Event Preselection and Phase 2 - Live Selection. Phase 1 is now closed, Phase 2 is scheduled to open on January 5, 2017.

If you missed out on Phase 1 Preselection, you can still get event tickets during Phase 2 - Live Selection.

December 30, 2016 - Event Preselection Ends Dec-31st at Midnight!
As a reminder, this is the last week you can preregister for CotN 2017; preregistration closes midnight of 12/31/16!

Also, for those who have preregistered, midnight of 12/31/16 is the end of phase 1 event selection and shortly after, Phase 2 event selection (live selection) will open up!

Again, if you have any questions with how event selection works, please see our write up:


December 18, 2016 - Event Preselection for Game Tickets is Now Live!
Event preselection is now up! We’re handling event selection differently this year, and we have a full write up on how it’ll work. Please view the write up here:

To select events for phase 1, head on over to the event selection portion of the new registration site!

Thank you everyone for your patience on our first year with this new process!

December 15, 2016 - Make a Phone Call for Hotel Reservations:
You can reserve a room by calling the hotel at (763) 559-6600 (Do *NOT* use their online reservation system as it incorrectly claims the room block is full!) The convention Group Code is CNC.

December 6, 2016 - Event Book Online in HTML Format:
The HTML version of the Event book is now online and available from the following links. NOTE: It will be multiple days before the Google search indexes the new content, so using that to find events may not work right away.

December 4, 2016 - Event Book Online:
The PDF version and CSV version of the event book is now online and available for download. The HTML version is still being worked on.

November 21, 2016 - Event Registration Moved:
Event Registration will be available late November or early December 2016. Please check back then!

November 21, 2016 - PreReg Postcard Assembly Party:
PreReg postcard assembly party has been cancelled.

October 25, 2016 - Event Book Stuffing Party Changes:
Stuffing party has been moved from Nov-5th to Nov-12th, still at 12noon and the same location of Don and Kelly's house.

October 12, 2016 - Event Book Related Changes:
This is related to volunteer time (if needed), book related deadlines have been extended another week - Oct. 22nd is the book review, Book editing event is To Be Determined, and Final Edits is tentatively schedule for Oct. 24th.

October 2, 2016 - Event Submissions Reminder:
If you entered games on the new registration web site, please make sure that you clicked the "Submit" link for them before October 4, 2016, otherwise they won't be included in the pre-reg book!

October 2, 2016 - New Volunteer Mailing List:
Please also note that the November meeting will be the last meeting for which there will be notifications sent from the Yahoo! Group calendar.

September 14, 2016 - Data Entry Party Moved:
Data Entry of game events in to the online database has been moved to October 1, 2016 at 2pm at the Beechers' house.
Book Event editing moved to a new date in October, exact date and time to be announced.

August 24, 2016 - New Registration System, Take 2:
Event Submission for CotN 2017 is now open using our new registration site at https://registration.conofthenorth.org! You can submit events for the book from now until 9/30/2016 - we've extended this from previous years to allow everyone to get more familiar with the new processes.

Head on over to the site and submit your games and if you haven’t registered yet, don’t forget that if you register as a judge to run events, you can get a free t-shirt or $5 off your price!

July 14, 2016 - Preregistration Update:
Very, very important announcement .... Preregistration is now OPEN !!

July 18, 2016 - New date for August 2016 Magnetron Meeting:
The August 2016 Magnetron meeting has been reschedule for Aug-16 (instead of Aug-9th)

July 14, 2016 - Preregistration and Game Submission Update:
Based on the status update and summary report during the July 12th Magnetron meeting, the new tentative launch date for the new registration system is July 31, 2016.
Exact opening time will be made available more towards the end of July.
Check back on this site for the live link when the new system is ready.

July 9, 2016 - Preregistration and Game Submission Update:
The new signup website has encountered bugs and related issues that will once again delay the registration date.
Tentative deployment date is July 16, 2016 (no exact time available yet..)
Check back on this site for the live link when the new system is ready.

July 1, 2016 - Preregistration and Game Submission Delayed:
The new online pre-registration and submission system is not ready for deployment (hence the original announcement about the "soft" open date)
The deployment date is scheduled for July 9, 2016 (no exact time available yet..)
Check back on this site for the live link when the new system is ready.

July 23, 2016 - Volunteer Event:
Game submission opens Judge packet/Vendor letter/Advertising forms – Assembly, stuffing, and mailing.
Swimming, games and food after the work is done - bring something to share, your swimsuit if you want to swim and games you would like to play!
Location: Mylnczak Party Room


2017 Magnetron Elections are completed - Thanks to all who voted and ran!

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