The Peaky Midwest 2019 workshop is scheduled for June 21st - 23ed in Madison, Wisconsin. Registration is open now!

Even if you aren't interested in writing with us, you can attend Peaky Midwest as a player. Players attend for free and need to respond to a brief online form telling us their preferences for games on Saturday afternoon and to attend in person on Sunday.

Participants of all skill levels, including new players, are welcome to attend as players.

Please take a moment to read the Code of Conduct we expect everyone to abide by at the workshop.


The purpose of playtesting at Peaky Midwest is to give writers a first round of feedback for their games. We want playtesters to have fun, but we can’t promise you that there will be space for you in games you want to play or that we will be able to schedule games for you in every time slot. We will do our best to give you what you ask for, but our priority is making sure that each game gets what it needs to run a playtest.

Please try to be kind to the writers. They want to know what parts of their games need work and are also exhausted from the last two days they spent writing. There will almost certainly be omissions, continuity errors, and flat out typos in the games you playtest at Peaky Midwest. Let the writers know what you see that looks wrong, and try to be forgiving. Do your best to ask questions before and during the game to clarify the writers’ intentions if you see something that doesn’t make sense.


We will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Sunday. We will ask about your dietary restrictions during registration and our chef will do their best to accommodate everyone. We will make the menu available in advance so you can review it before the event.

The preliminary menu from Peaky Midwest 2018 is available if you'd like to get a rough idea of what we served last year.

If you wish to have alcohol please bring your own. If you are drinking at the event please be able to show your ID, even if we know how old you are.

Children and Young Adults

Anyone under 18 is welcome to attend as long as a parent or guardian attends with them.

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