ShireCon 2024 - September 27-28, 2024

Important Information:

  • Con Hours: Friday 1pm to 10pm, Saturday 8am-10pm
  • Vendor Arrival: anytime after 12pm Friday
  • Friday 2 sessions: 1:00pm - 5:00pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday 3 Sessions: 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Badges: $30 prereg, $35 at the door

***** Key News! *****

We've moved again!

We have plenty of space at the local VFW: 104 S Canaan Rd, Canaan, North Canaan, CT 06018

What is ShireCon?

ShireCon is a one-and-a-half-day gaming event in the Berkshire Mountains. Set in the small town of North Canaan, Connecticut, this board and roleplaying convention gathers tri-state area gamers together for a short weekend event in the beautiful autumn weather of New England! The convention's small location is a great getaway for those coming from the hustle and bustle of larger communities.

What is Happening at ShireCon?

The Friday/Saturday convention features roleplaying games and board games primarily, although other games are allowed as pickup games at open tables. We're not trying to be a multi-media convention that features video games, cosplay and LARP events. These are simply not what this event is about (nor do we have the room for such things). If you're looking for both old school and new RPG gaming, or complex multiplayer board games, this convention is for you!

Who is Attending ShireCon?

You, we hope! But a few notable industry guests plan to visit the convention:

Erik Tenkar

Erik 'Tenkar' Steine is a podcaster, blogger and Kickstarter watchdog that lives in the NYC area. His daily podcasts and blogs on old school gaming and opinions on Kickstarter projects are heard and read by thousands of devoted fans. Erik and his wife Rachel will be in attendance at the con, likely running a game of Swords & Wizardry Light in the morning slot and spending time talking with attendees in the afternoon.

Tim Callahan

Tim Callahan has written numerous published adventures for Dungeon Crawl Classics, Mutant Crawl Classics, and Hyperborea, including "Advent of the Avalanche Lords," "A Fallen Star for All," "The Beasts of Kraggoth Manor," and, most recently, "Cheating Death" for Goodman Games Lankhmar line. He has also co-written "Peril on the Purple Planet" and contributed to the DCC Annual.

Jeff Talanian


Levi Combs


Ian McGarty


Joe Bloch


Events at ShireCon

Detailed Events and Badge Registration are found at: Table Top Events

The doors open at 12:00pm (Friday) and 8:00am (Saturday) for early registration, scheduled games run during four time slots: Friday 1:00pm to 5:00pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 5pm and 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The raffle will take place at 12:30pm Saturday. The doors close the night of the con between 9 and 10:30pm. Vendors will be able to arrive by noon Friday or 7:30am Saturday to set up their table.


Timeslot * Event Name Game System Location
* check TTE to confirm start times and length.
Final events at TTE

ShireCon Vendors

We have more vendors attending this con this year than last!

The Game Reserve

A game and card shop in Middleborough, Mass

Surprise Vendor


ShireCon Location

The convention is located at the Couch Pipa VFW Post 6851, 104 S Canaan Rd, Canaan, North Canaan, CT 06018

The venue is easily accessible from New York State and Massachusetts via several connecting roads and highways.

Coming from Boston?

Massachusetts Turnpike, Westbound, Exit 2 in Lee

Get on Route 7 Southbound in Stockbridge - this eventually takes you right into North Canaan

Coming from NYC?

Use Route 22 North into Amenia, NY

Take Route 343 into Connecticut (Sharon)

Take Route 41 North into Lakeville

Pick up Route 7 in Falls Village

Continue on Route 7 until you reach North Canaan

Coming from NYC by Metro North?

Get off the Last Stop on the Harlem Valley Line at Wassaic (Amenia, NY)

Arrange for your own transportation from train station to venue!

Coming from eastern Connecticut?

Use Route 4 West to Torrington, CT

Stay on Route 4 West to Goshen, CT

Take a right onto Route 63 North at the traffic circle

Take a left onto Route 126 into Falls Village

Pick up Route 7 in Falls Village

Continue on Route 7 until you reach North Canaan

Coming from the west?

Route 44 is a good route into Connecticut from the west

Venue Details

The venue has ample parking for 75 vehicles in a private parking lot near the building (signage will indicate where parking can be found). The facility has for three bathrooms, one each for men and women (plus one unisex) and each stalled for two to three occupants at a time. Food and beer available at the event!

The VFW has three spaces: upstairs, a large room for gaming (20+ tables). Downstairs, a small room for vendors. Outside covered patio. Pick-up gaming and hang out space.

Places to Eat

Although there are several restaurants within driving distance, the VFW has food options and 2-3 bars for drinks.

Where Can I Stay if I want to Stay Overnight?

There are several hotels and Bed & Breakfasts within 10-15 minutes of the venue. The list below represents only a few choices - others may be found with an online search.

Interlaken Inn

74 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039; (800) 222-2909

10 Minute Drive to the Venue, - visit Interlaken Inn

Inn at Iron Masters

229 Main St, Lakeville, CT 06039; (860) 435-9844

15 Minute Drive to the Venue, - visit Inn at Iron Masters

Locust Tree Bed & Breakfast

131 E. Canaan Road (Route 44), North Canaan, CT 06039; (860) 824-8035

10 Minute Drive to the Venue, - visit Locust Tree Bed & Breakfast