A brief word about why an "electronic" brochure:

Printing and postage are expensive. There are more effective vectors (like this email) to communicate convention information. More information may be communicated in a more timely manner. 

On average, HMGS® mails 6000+ convention brochures per convention with a less than 3% return rate. At best the brochure ends up in someone's recycling bin, at worst it doesn't arrive at it's destination, so we are trying something new! Let us know what you think.

MARCH 16 - 18, 2018
Lancaster Host Resort & Convention Center
2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA

Cold Wars® 2018 Advance Registration is Open

On January 8, 2018, the Advance registration site went live. Click here to go to online registration.

Cold Wars® 2018 attendees have a spectacular array of event choices this year with more than 400+ games, tournaments, Hobby University classes, War College Seminars, new Game Design School lectures as well as one of the largest Exhibitor Halls solely dedicated to miniatures and historical gaming.

The Events listing is available online here

Start planning now for an extraordinary convention experience.

We highly recommend that you register in advance online. We really can't stress this enough. You get discounted admission and convention t-shirts, an additional game selection per day and you know instantly whether you have a ticket for the game of your choice. Paying at the door will take some time and requires standing in line.(This means less time for you to enjoy the convention. No one enjoys standing in line.) 

The mail-in form is available to download and print here

HMGS Ambassador Program

Definition of ambassador
1 : an official envoy; especially : a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment - She's the American ambassador to Italy.
2 : an authorized representative or messenger

Cold Wars is excited to announce our new HMGS Ambassador Program designed to identify game masters and volunteers who are available to provide information to new attendees and seasoned veterans alike. GM ambassadors are running games in the designated "welcome" area designed for novice or inexperienced gamers. 


Be on the lookout for their special badges and smiling faces.


HOLY WARS and those that fight them

This year's convention theme is Holy Wars and those that fight them. 

Wikipedia Quote:

A religious war or holy war (Latin: bellum sacrum) is a war primarily caused or justified by differences in religion. In the modern period, debates are common over the extent to which religious, economic, or ethnic aspects of a conflict predominate in a given war. Some argue that since the very concept of "religion" is a modern invention, the term "religious war" does not apply to most wars in history.[1] According to the Encyclopedia of War, out of all known/recorded historical conflicts, only about 7% had religion as their primary cause, and of that percentage, 4% were related to Islam. In several conflicts including the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the Syrian civil war, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, religious arguments are overtly present but variously described as fundamentalism or religious extremism depending upon the observer's sympathies. However, studies on these cases often conclude that ethnic animosities drive much of the conflicts.[2]

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Advance Purchase T-shirt Sale

Cold Wars® Convention T-shirts will be heavyweight 6.0-oz pre-shrunk 100% cotton tees with a generous cut and silkscreened image.

Shirts are available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL.

All sizes will be $15 during Advance Registration and $20 onsite at the show. 

Order one today - "gamer" sizes sell out quickly onsite.


Raffle Chances

Buy Raffle Tickets for a chance to win one of several crates of gaming gear and goodies - crates will contain a variety of items such as minis, rulesets, terrain pieces, dice, paints, scenic materials and maybe a surprise or two. 

Tickets are $2 each. 

Crates will be on display in the registration area. Participants need not be present to win.

Do you feel lucky?



Advance Registration Instructions

Registering online for the convention couldn't be easier since HMGS® rolled out their new online community. You can now sign into your HMGS account using Facebook or LinkedIn. Once signed in, click my feed and then Register Now

If you have attended an HMGS convention previously, you have an account regardless of how you were registered. If you are not sure of your account information, please use the "Contact Us" form on the website.

If you are a GM there are instructions  posted below to claim your free badge.


Call for Volunteers

Every convention needs volunteers to keep it going. Cold Wars® is looking for conscientious friendly people to staff the show. Volunteers may qualify for free admission, convention "dollar" vouchers and half a hotel room (double occupancy) paid for depending on how many hours worked. 

We need folks to staff the following areas: 

Wally's Basement
GM Help Desk
Onsite Registration
Events Desk
Information Booth

Click below and complete an application now. 

You can also email volunteers@coldwars.org if you have questions

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Wally's Basement, our flea market, is for individuals to sell their personal used or unwanted gaming items. We'll offer a new night session on Friday only from 9 pm - 12 am. There will be two Saturday sessions, one from 10 am - 1 pm and the second from 2 pm - 5 pm. Tables are available for purchase by HMGS® Members only during registration for those wishing to sell items. Tables are limited to one table per member at $25 each.

The Wally's Basement shopping experience is free to attendees with a paid badge.

Convention Hotel
Hotel rooms are available for Cold Wars at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center in Lancaster, PA - the reservation form is available here - HMGS® has negotiated a convention rate of $119 for single or double occupancy and $129 for Triple or Quad rooms. 

Exhibit Hall
Shopping in the Exhibit Hall is one of the highlights of the show - our list of attending exhibitors is available here. We are adding more exhibitors daily so check back often. 

HMGS Hobby University™
The HMGS® Hobby University™ offers classes on miniature painting, terrain building and other topics for students in variety of skill levels. Be sure to save room in your day for a class or two - the class listings are available here - all classes are free with your paid convention badge, there are no additional fees. Seats go quickly - secure your place by advance registering today.

 Game Master Badge Instructions

Game Masters who made the PEL deadline will find instructions for adding games or merchandise to their badges here

If you do not see your badge, check to make sure your membership is good through the end of the convention. If you need to renew your membership - email events@coldwars.org after you pay your dues to ensure your GM badge is entered.


Up Next
  • Historicon® - July 12 - 15, 2018 - Lancaster, PA
    Wars of Conquest and those that lead them
  • Fall In!® - November 8 - 10, 2018 - Lancaster, PA
    Revolutions and Civil Wars and those that start them

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