Austi-Con tabletop game convention returns to Holiday Inn for sixth year

Published 5:48 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Austi-Con, the tabletop gaming convention, is returning for its sixth year.

Michael and Kate Jordal, co-owners of the SE Minnesota marketing and event planning company Jordal Ventures, LLC, will host a weekend of tabletop gaming on Oct. 7-9 at the Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center, located at 1701 4th Street NW.

There will be a variety of scheduled games throughout the weekend, as well as open gaming tables. Admission is $25 per person for the entire weekend at the door, or $20 if registered in advance. Attendees will also receive a swag bag on a first come, first serve basis. The event begins at 10 a.m. daily.

“It is a lot of fun for people from all over to get together and play these games” said Michael Jordal in a press release. “We are so happy to be back at the Holiday Inn and to have the opportunity to run the convention again this year.”

Past events have attracted more than 300 attendees primarily from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

The event also has a charity focus.

Weirdcards Charitable Club will return to run Magic the Gathering charity tournaments throughout the weekend, and there will be a silent auction throughout the weekend with proceeds going to the Autism Day Camp programs in Austin, which are run through the Hormel Historic Home.

There are three camps held throughout the summer, and Kate Jordal is the founder and former director of one of the camps, called Camp Just for Me. Over the past five years, Austi-Con’ s charity events have raised more than $13,000 for the camps.

“We’ re very fortunate to have these camps in Austin and they are an important cause to my wife. I thought it would be a really nice way to give back to the community,” Michael said.

Popular returners to Austi-Con this year include Family Fun Day Sunday, in which a family of up to four can attend Austi-Con on Sunday only for a fee of just $10 per family, as well as a miniature painting competition. There will be t-shirts and hats with this year’ s Austi-Con logo available to purchase.

Many board game companies have provided donations to the event and there will be play to win events (in which participants can win the copy of the game they are playing), a board game library, and door prizes.

Attendees can also utilize lodging at the Holiday Inn for a special convention rate. Attendees are also encouraged to support Torges Live and other local restaurants and establishments.

For more information about the event, visit the Austi-Con event page on Facebook, visit https://tabletop.events/conventions/austi-con-2022 or contact Michael or Kate Jordal at jordalventuresllc@gmail.com.