Board game festival takes over the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Great Plains Game Festival is taking over the Cornhusker Hotel this weekend.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the three-day event, which features a wide variety of board games and role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Great Plains Gaming Project, which encourages people to learn social and impersonal skills by playing board games.

“It’s kind of a lost art,” said Cameron Iwan, president of the Great Plains Gaming Project. “It’s like a pullback from the screens. It brings face to face, it gets people actually looking at each other and interacting. It gets you off your screens and you can actually just enjoy being around each other, which we’ve lost a lot of that over the years.”

The event takes places at the Cornhusker Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. until 2 a.m on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $30 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday.  Kids are $10 on Saturday but free on Sunday.

You can buy tickets online or at the door.  For more information, visit

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