Welcome to Cardboard Caucus!

October 27-29th, 2023

Cardboard Caucus is the Des Moines area board gaming convention. It is a weekend full of fun and games held annually. Our name is in tribute to Iowa’s historical notoriety as the 1st state to hold a caucus each election cycle.

We believe in bringing people together (no matter their affiliations) through board games. The more people we can bring into the hobby, the more vibrant our local gaming scene will become.

We strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere for you to sit down with friends, new or old, to play some great games!

Badges for Cardboard Caucus 2023 will go on sale May 1st, 2023.

Library and Play-to-Win

We are excited to have Board Game Wagon provide our game library. They will have a selection of more than 1500 games for you to choose from!

We will also have a bunch of play-to-win games that you could take home with you just by playing them.


The best place to park is on the north end of the building, where there is a separate entrance for our convention!


Children ages 5-10 can register for a $5 kids badge or get a regular badge. Kids badges cannot be used to checkout games or be entered into the Play-to-Win drawing. Children 11+ will need a full badge.