Naval Gaming Convention

NAVCON is exclusively dedicated to NAVAL wargaming encompassing miniatures,
board games, card games, and more of all Eras - from Ancients, to Modern.

Friday, October 2
Saturday, October 3
Sunday, October 4

7pm - 12am
8am - 12am
9am - 5pm

Gaming events available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!


Badge Type
Standard, 18 or Older
Student and Active Military
2-Day or 3-Day

Convention Locations

October 2-3 October 4

Salvation Army Community Center
8853 S. Howell
Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1400 W. Zellman Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Within walking distance of Starbucks, Panera, Dairy Queen, Jersey Mike's Subs, Papa John's, Chipotle, and McDonald's. Hotel provides discounted rates for NAVCON attendees.
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NAVCON Welcomes
Active Duty Military Personnel

Show your military ID at registration and
and attend for discounted admission!

The following Flickr photo galleries from NAVCON events are courtesy of Jeff Knudsen:

NAVCON 2010 Photos
NAVCON 2011 Photos
NAVCON 2012 Photos
NAVCON 2013 Photos

NAVCON 2014 Photos



NAVCON 2015 Program

Get a copy now of the on-site program with event schedule and convention information.

2015 NAVCON Program

Event Catalog

Access the current catalog of events for NAVCON 2015! Updates to the event catalog available for download are final. Any additional events submitted will be updated on-site.

2015 Events Catalog (.XLS) (Updated: 9/30/15)

Event Submission

Want to run a naval game? Now is the time to submit your events for NAVCON! If you have a larger than average, and/or longer than average scenario, this is your opportunity. NAVCON has the space and the time for such events and is especially interested in accepting them.

To submit an event or any questions regarding events, contact the event coordinator:

Ron Mazurkiewicz
(414) 304-8161

Guest of Honor

Mike Nagel

Michael Nagel

Mike was first exposed to wargaming when living in Brazil in the late 1970's. He started design work through the creation of play-aids for his favorite games, then started his newsletter covering Avalon Hill's Up Front! game.

Wanting to improve on Joe Balkowski's Fighting Sail led to his first published GMT game design Flying Colors in 2005, followed by Ship Of The Line, Serpents Of The Seas and Sun Of York. Mike has also designed Ancient Battles Deluxe for Victory Point Games.

He works full time for the New Jersey Courts as an application developer and manager.


Guest Speaker

Harry Pratt

Harry Pratt

The son of an Air Force Colonel, who was the head of the Strategy & Gaming division of his Intelligence section, Harry was raised from a very young age on wargames of all types. Some of his earliest memories are of playing Afrika Korps and Gettysburg with his dad. Naturally, it wasn't too long before he started writing his own games. At the age of 8 he wrote his first (space) naval-style game to use with the plastic starships he received that year for Christmas.

Over the years he has played, and written all kinds of games from fantasy, sci-fi, and historical genres, both wargames and RPGs. Finally, after being goaded into it by his friends, he released his first game professionally.

Naval Thunder: Clash of Dreadnoughts was a WWI naval game that he had playtested publicly for the first time at NAVCON the prior year.

He currently has nine titles available for sale on Wargame Vault, all of which have been top sellers on the site. He currently has two more projects underway, and at least a dozen more ideas on the back burner that he'd really like to get to someday.


Guest Speaker

Bill Gibbs

Bill Gibbs

NAVCON welcomes back Bill Gibbs to speak at the NAVCON War College! Bill was the guest of honor for NAVCON 2013 and offers the gaming hobby a life of military service, continuous historical research, gaming, game design, and a still active gaming business.

A 1979 graduate of West Point, Mr. Gibbs was commissioned as an Infantry Officer and went on to become an Airborne Ranger. His major interests are World war II in the Pacific, of which he has tried almost every game published on it, and the American Civil War, for which he has visited every battlefield of the campaigns of 1864.

Since 1983 he has been the proprietor of OMEGA GAMES, an enviable record for a game company, which has issued such classic game titles as Ranger, Carrier Wars, Eastern Front Solitaire, and 1864 Year of Decision.

Bill Gibbs will be sharing several new announcements and new WWII themed products coming out this year! Don't miss this opportunity to meet and greet a war-gaming legend, Bill Gibbs!

War College

Besides wargaming, NAVCON provides a more traditional means of learning. A convention like NAVCON provides an opportunity to hold seminars about naval warfare. Starting a few years ago, NAVCON has offered its own War College with lectures on naval subjects.

The Rise of The Imperial Russian Navy
by Michael Nagel

This presentation will focus on the years 1788-1790, in the golden age of sail.

Taking the Con -Writing your own Wargames
by Harry Pratt

Harry Pratt, author of Naval Thunder will host an open format discussion on wargame design. If you like to tinker with rules, write your own homebrew systems, or even want to publish and sell rules to others, Harry will share tips and personal experiences to help you do it better.

Mare Nostrum and Carrier War Update
by Bill Gibbs

Carrier War designer and publisher Bill Gibbs gives an update on the latest progress on and research for Carrier War done in the last two years. New information has affected the War Plan Orange and On to Japan scenarios. He will also discuss the new Mare Nostum game of the war in the Mediterranean. This is a new Europa system game of Land-Air-Sea theater-wide combat produced by Diffraction Entertainment.


Door Prizes

NAVCON is pleased to announce new books and gaming products for door prizes!

Thanks to the following for providing some great door prizes:

  • Admiralty Trilogy Group
  • GMT Games
  • High Flying Dice Games
  • Minden Games
  • NWS (Naval Warfare Simulations) Online
Door PrizesA large number of quality naval themed books and games available!










With the large number of door prizes available, they will be awarded on both Saturday and Sunday! Each prize is a recently published shrink-wrapped product, with many being naval themed. The list is too long to mention here, however they will be on display at NAVCON. If there is one you really want, additional door prize tickets can be purchased to improve the odds of winning.

Going home with one of these great prizes can really make your NAVCON experience worthwhile. Please remember the publishers providing these great products for NAVCON and support them if you can.

Flea Market

Flea MarketFind games, miniatures, books, and magazines!
NAVCON will be offering a flea market space throughout the day for those wishing to sell games or related items. Items eligible for the Navcon Flea Market are military related models, figures, boardgames, rules sets, books, videos, etc. NAVCON reserves the right to reject any submitted item as inappropriate.

Simply pick up and complete a flea market sellers form at the registration desk. Each lot sheet will have room for up to fifteen (15) individual items at a cost of $1.00 per item or lot of items.

Sellers, please consider keeping rare or expensive items with you and simply check the Item w/Seller column on the lot sheet in the space provided. Games and books must be listed individually, one item per line. Miniatures may be grouped into as many or few individual items as desired. Please strictly limit flea market items to: games, historical books, historical/industry magazines and miniatures of any era. NAVCON will take no part in the transaction between seller and buyer, nor will NAVCON charge or collect fees for items sold.

The Convention Staff assumes No responsibility for the condition of the item or the accuracy of the seller’s description on the Flea Market Sellers Forms. Nor is the Convention Staff responsible for mistakes or missing components. All sales are final! For more detailed information, contact Tom Beach. Space is limited, so bring your items in as early as you can. 



The following hotel provides special rates for NAVCON attendees. This hotel is also the location of the convention on Sunday and is within 10 minutes of the convention location for Friday and Saturday. Shuttle service to and from convention, airport, and Amtrac station.

Note: Book rooms using the code, NAVCON special to get the convention rate.


Holiday Inn Express and Suites Holiday Inn Express & Suites

1400 W. Zellman Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
+1 (414) 563-4000

Free breakfast
Free Internet/Wifi
Shuttle service
Indoor pool
Room Rate (2 Double Beds)
Room Rate (1 King Bed)
Reservation Deadline
September 29, 2015



NWS Online


Admiralty Trilogy Group Board Game Geek DK Systems GMT Games High Flying Dice Games
The Last Square Legion Games Minden Games Pink Bunny Gsmes



For convention information, contact Mark Nies.